1909 Monaco Regatta
"Dixie" and "Standard" Off For Monaco
When the Fabre line steamer Germania left her dock at New York on Saturday, March 6, for Marseilles, she had on board the two American motorboat racers that will take part in the April races at Monaco--the new Dixie, owned by E. J. Schroeder, and the new Standard, owned by Price McKinney. Both boats are entered from the Thousand Islands Yacht Club, of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.; are new hulls designed by Clinton H. Crane, and both have motors that have been in service. Dixie's motor is the one which was installed in Dixie II, winner of the British International Trophy race and the Gold Challenge Cup races last season. The new hull is very similar to that of Dixie II, a trifle over 39 feet long. The motor develops about 200-hp. Standard is 49.2 feet long, and is equipped with a Standard motor, six-cylinder, double-acting, of 500-hp.
On March 5th Standard had a trial run of more than an hour on the Hudson, over a course off Riverdale. An average speed of about 30 miles an hour, both with and against the tide, was made, and had it not been for the spray, that instantly froze and obscured the vision of the helmsman, Mr. Crane, and was otherwise uncomfortable, a much greater speed would have been shown, as the engine was little more than one-half open.
Dixie will be steered by Capt. S. Barclay Pearce, and her motor will be operated by Albert Rappuhn. Mr. Schroeder will sail on the Deutschland on March 11, and will be present at the races. Standard's Steersman will be Captain Charles Pederson, assisted by J. H. Purtell. C. Leverett Hayden will represent Standard's owner.
Good luck to these intrepid American racers!
(Transcribed from MotorBoat, Mar. 10, 1909, p. 31. )
[Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page LF]
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