1909 Columbia Yacht Club Regatta


Regatta of the Columbia Yacht Club

Motor Boats Race on the Hudson River
Regatta of the Columbia Yacht Club

The racing season on the Hudson River opened with the regatta of the Columbia Yacht Club, which took place on the afternoon of May 29th. There were four classes of boats represented in the races, and splendid weather and a good list of entries attracted a large attendance of enthusiasts to the house and lawn of the club, at 86th Street and the Hudson River. The start and finish line was fixed opposite the club quarters, so that spectators were able to enjoy the sport from the house and grounds.

The first event, a race for open boats over a course of 10 miles brought out seven starters. Privateer II, owned by R. A. C. Smith, won in this class. Miel, owned by S. A. Halsey, was more than 18 minutes behind, but finished second.

The feature of the afternoon was a race for speed boats, over a 30-mile course to Ardsley, N.Y., and return. This event proved to be more of an exhibition run by Vim, but interest was nevertheless maintained until the finish.

The summary is as follows:

Class 1 -- Open boats, all ratings. Course, 10 knots. Start, 2:18 p.m.

Boat

Owner

Elapsed time

Privateer II

R. A. C. Smith

1:02:23

Miel

S. A. Halsey

1:21:55

W. D. H.

W. D. Hickey

1:28:00

Bess

G. W. Patterson

1:28:00

Spark

W. R. Brinkerhoff

1:41:20

Laura

F. Moss

DNF

Boo

H. J. Finlay

DNF

Class 2 -- High-speed boats, over 22 mph.
Course, to Ardsley and return, 30 knots. Start, 2:37:30 p.m.

Vim

G. F. Baker, Jr.

1:52:29

Sciotto

G. C. Sutton

2:23:19

Gunfire

W. K. Brainard

DNF

Class 3 -- Handicap, Cabin Cruisers, not over 80 ft., all ratings
Course, 10 knots. Start, 3:07:30 p.m.

 

 

Elapsed time

Corrected time

Osprey II

C. R. Runyan

57:40

57:40

Wamego

M. P. Gould

1:19:43

1:07:08

Melrah

H. Merz

1:27:58

1:07:31

Going Some

H. A. S. Martin

1:16:35

1: l 3:46

Ida F II

F. D. Archibald

1:16:10

Not measured

Gipsy

H. M. White

No data

 

Priscilla

C. E. Reutter

DNF

 

Class 4 -- Semi-High speed boats, over 14 and under 22 mph

Course, 15 knots. Start, 3:30:15 p.m.

Haida

M. C. Fleischmann

55:51

43:50

Reliance

L. A. Morey

1:18:59

56:06

Speedway 20-10

C. L. Seabury

1:12:25

56:06

Prodigy

H. A. S. Martin

1:08:10

1:08:10

Formary

J. R. Torrance

1:22:35

1:08:22

May

J. J. Amory

58:34

Not measured

Peter Pan II

J. Simpson

DNF

 

Chi

W. T. Faulks

DNF

 

(Transcribed from MotorBoat, June 10, 1909. p. 46)

{This is the first documented race participated in by Willian J. Brainard, whose racing career stretched into the early teens with his series of Gunfire boats. One of his last boats Gunfire,Ir. was sold to a Long Island boat racing family, which eventually wrote a most admirable for the next thirty years: they were Chris and Frank Ripp, record holders in the 151 and 225 cubic inch classes. - GWC}

 


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