1909 Monaco Regatta
The Monaco Motor-Boat Meeting
Monte Carlo, April 4. The motor-boat racing at Monaco began to-day, but was spoiled by the mistral. As originally fixed, the programme included a cruiser race in the morning, and a contest for the restricted class of purely racing vessels in the afternoon. In the morning, however, there was too heavy a sea running to permit the small cruisers to race. The weather moderated in the afternoon, and the committee decided to bring off the cruiser race and postpone the second event, the Prix de Monaco.
Twenty-one entries were received for the cruiser race, the vessels having to be under 6.50 metres, with motors of four cylinders with 90.0m.m. bore. Distance 50 kilometres. First prize, 3,500f. (£140); second, 1,500f. (£60); third, 1,000f. (£40); fourth 600f. (£24); fifth, 400f. (£16). The engines of the vessels entered represented all the principal Continental marine motor firms. Twelve boats actually crossed the starting line in a lumpy sea, and of these five finished. The race was watched by thousands of spectators, who lines the terraces at Monte Carlo; in fact, the general interest taken in the event was quite remarkable. There were eight rounds. Mais-Je-Vais-Piquer was first over the starting line, followed by Labor, Gregoire and Gobron. In this order they finished the first round. Mais-Je-Vais-Piquer held her lead until the fifth round, when Gobron, who had run into second place, passed her owing to some trouble with the engines. Mais-Je-Vais-Piquer, however, soon got going again, and taking the lead form Gobron in the sixth round, went on and finished the winner. Labor was passed by Gobron and Gregoire in the fourth round.
The finishing times were:--Mais-Je-Vais-Piquer, owner M. Megevet, 1hr. 35min. 33sec; Gobron, owner M. Kaechlin, 1hr. 38min. 3sec.; Gregoire, owners MM. Hinstin and Schwob, 1hr. 43min. 46sec.; Labor, owner M. de Cleves, 1hr. 49min. 2sec.; Excelsior Buire, owner M. F. Celle, 1hr. 51min. 13sec. Last year the winner's time over the same course was 1hr. 42min. 50sec. To-morrow the big international boats of the unrestricted class will race for the Prix de Monte Carlo, with a first prize of 6,000f (£240). Great Britain, France, Germany, America and Italy will be represented.
(Transcribed from the Times of London, April 5, 1909, p. 6. )
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