1910 Harmsworth Trophy
Motor Boats Fail To Race
The second day of the elimination races to select a team of three motor boats to defend the Harmsworth Trophy, that will be contested for off Larchmont next Saturday, was more of a disappointment than the trial race of Monday, as the hundreds who traveled to the course found to their sorrow that the race was postponed.
In the first place, the majority of the boats entered had not shown up when the appointed starting hour came around, and there was also a nasty northerly wind that kicked up quite a sea, making extreme speed out of the question, so Chairman Tower of the Regatta Committee decided that the best thing to do was to postpone the race until to-day, with the hope that more entries will be received and that the weather will be more suitable for high-speed work.
If the weather is more favorable this afternoon it is possible that the visiting yachtsmen will be treated to a fine contest, as it is confidently expected that Dixie II, F.N. Burnham’s flier, will appear, that the Nameless, the new sixteen-cylinder boat that was built specially for the race by a syndicate composed of members of the Motor Boat Club of America, will make her first public appearance. W.W. Whitaker’s Hurry is a hydroplane, and great things are expected of her when she gets smoothed up. Her appearance has been delayed on account of specially cast tobin bronze fittings being lost in a freight shipment, and Mr. Whitaker has been feverishly trying to locate them.
The Skimmer and the Question are also hydroplane entries that are liable to make it interesting for the three British boats that arrived here on Monday, and it is the general belief that the first boat across the line on Saturday will have to negotiate the thirty-mile triangular course in about 45 minutes, providing the water is fairly smooth.
[Transcribed from the New York Times, Aug 17, 1910, p. 8.]
(Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page —LF)
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