1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Regatta
PacerBreaks Propeller and Has to Quit Race
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 Lewanas 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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