1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Regatta
Wolff II of Portland Again Defeats Pacer
The Wolff II, the speedy motor boat from Portland, again demonstrated her superiority over the Pacer, of Seattle, by decisively defeating the Seattle boat in a race of thirty miles on Lake Washington yesterday.
Before the race the judges awarded first place in the thirty-two-foot class to the Pacer, and then the owners of the Pacer insisted upon a third race with the Wolff II to decide the championship in the forty-foot class. The Wolff had already beaten the Pacer twice and had six points in the score. The Pacer by winning the championship in the thirty-two-foot class, had a score of four and it was pointed out that if the Pacer beat the Wolff II yesterday the score would be a tie.
The Portland men consented and the Wolff II made a runaway race of it. The officials of the Seattle Motor Boat Club failed to put stake buoys out and the race was delayed two hours while buoys were hastily put in place. Capt. Spencer, of the Wolff II, says the buoys were not properly placed and that the course was really thirty-three miles instead of thirty. In this way he accounts for the fact that the Wolff II did not make as good time as on her previous efforts.
The engine on the Pacer balked in the first ten miles and after the Wolff II had lapped her rival the Pacer gave it up. The regatta will close Saturday afternoon with a twenty-mile handicap race open to all boats which will be handicapped according to actual time made in competition.
The second race will be a sixty-mile event, free for all, for boats that have qualified during the week. This race was originally scheduled for 100 miles, but the owner of the Pacer asked to have the distance cut down because the tanks on his boat will not carry gasoline enough to run the 100 miles. The owners of the Wolff II good-naturedly agreed to the change and the rival boats will fight it out over the sixty-mile course next Saturday afternoon.
(Transcribed from the Seattle Daily Times, July 9, 1909, p. 20.)
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