1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Regatta
Lake Washington, Seattle, WA, July 3-10, 1909

Pacer Breaks Propeller and Has to Quit Race

A.-Y.-P. Exposition Speed Boat Regatta

Fast Speed-boats Will Start on the Lake Tomorrow

Motor-boats to Speed Up Today

Wolff II Fast in Speed-boat Race

Captain Spencer Talks About Wonderful Run of Wolff II

Wolff II and Pacer Win Races

Wolff II Again Defeats Pacer

Portland Motor Boat is Sure-Enough Flyer

Thirty-Two-Foot Class Motor Boats Race Today

Wolff II Wins in Final Heat

Wolff II of Portland Again Defeats Pacer

Endurance Motor Boat Race Today

Fast Motor Boat Breaks Propeller

Pacer Breaks Propeller and has to Quit Race

Exposition Races at Seattle

Regatta of the Northwestern International Yacht Racing Association on Puget Sound

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Speed Boat Regatta

While she was leading the Wolff II in the sixty-mile race on Lake Washington yesterday afternoon the Pacer struck a log and her propeller blades were stripped off as clean as if cut by a knife. The boat was running at full speed at the time and nearly sunk before the engine could be stopped. The accident happened after thirty miles of the distance had been reeled off and of course after that the Wolff II finished alone. An erroneous impression gained circulation that the Pacer was put out of the race on account of her engines, but this is not true. The engines were working like a sewing machine when ther accident to her propeller happened.

In the handicap race, a twenty-mile affair, the Lewana won, the Pacer second and the Wolff II third. The Lewana was given a handicap of 4 minutes and 42 seconds over the Pacer and 5 minutes and 22 seconds over the Wolff II. This handicap proved enough for her to win. The Lewana’s time was 43 minutes 4 4-5 seconds. The Pacer covered the distance in 43:49 1-5 and the Wolff II in 44:59 4-5. The best actual time was made by the Pacer, which finished 3-5 of a second better than the Wolff II.

(Transcribed from the Seattle Sunday Times, July 11, 1909, p. 16.)

[Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page --LF]

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