1909 Cowes Regatta


This club held a series of motor-boat races at Cowes yesterday afternoon, the course being laid in Osborne Bay.

A race for cabin cruisers, under M.M.A. rating and time scale, was won by Mr. S. M. Waterhouse’s Major Mr. White’s Lethe being second.

There were no starters in a sweepstakes for motor-boats and hydroplanes exceeding 20 knots.

Mr. Brooke’s Baby IV won the Dewar challenge cup, Mr. Comber’s Lucina taking the prize offered in the same race for the first boat winning on M.M.A. rating and time scale.. The other starters were Mr. May’s Defender, the Duke of Westminster’s Ursula, and Lord Howard de Walden’s Amazon. Ursula and Amazon gave up.

In another race for motor-boats not exceeding 12 knots Lethe beat Major, thus reversing the order in the first race.

Mr. Gordon Pratt’s Tyreless and Mr. May’s Defender were first and second respectively in a race for vessels exceeding 12 knots.

(Transcribed from the Times of London, Aug. 3, 1909, p. 15)



The regatta under the auspices of the Motor Yacht Club and the British Motor-Boat Club, which was begun on Tuesday, was continued yesterday.

The weather was again fine. Both the unrestricted racing boats were entered in the first race of the day, but Lord Howard de Walden’s Amazon arrived eight minutes late from Cowes and did not start. The Duke of Westminster’s Ursula was back marked and had fast boats like Baby IV, Gyrinus II and Miranda III ahead of her. Going splendidly, however, she headed them all, passing both Gyrinus and Miranda in the later stages of the last round. Miranda had second prizes and Gyrinus third.

A handicap for boats between 12 and 23 knots was won by Mr. Hutchinson’s Lotus. Interest in the match centred chiefly, however, in a fine struggle for second place between the Napier racing cruiser Lucinha and the Thornycroft racing cruiser. Gyrinus won on the post by a second. Lord Hardwicke’s new Fauber hydroplane Glisseuse sailed over in her class race for second prize, and the little Fairbanks boat Camilla won a handicap for boats of less than 12 knots, Colonel T. Wood’s Maga a handicap for motor yachts and estuary cruisers, and Fawn a handicap for auxiliary motor cruisers. In the last of these races one round had to be completed under power, one under sail, and one under power and sail.

(Transcribed from the Times of London, Aug. 5, 1909, p. 15.)

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

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