1910 Motor Yacht Club September Regatta
The Motor Yacht Club’s September Regatta was opened at Southampton yesterday. The weather was fine and the water smooth.
Much interest was taken in the contest for skimmers, for the conditions were more favourable to planning than on any previous day this season. Four vessels of the type were entered to race over a course of about twelve nautical miles, but only three—Sir John Thornycroft’s Miranda IV, Lord Howard de Walden’s Pierrette, and Mrs. Edgar Thornton’s Columbine—put in an appearance. Columbine before the start broke a propeller blade and retired to her moorings. Miranda IV allowed Pierrette six minutes 35 seconds, and beat her by 54 seconds in addition to the allowance.
A handicap for all comers was won by White Spray, owned by Mr. Douglas Hall, M.P., and a handicap for boats of less than 20 knots speed by Captain Wilson’s Marguerite. White Spray is the hull of Daimler II, with a Daimler engine of 70-horse power. The regatta is to be continued to-day.
[Transcribed from the Times of London, Sep. 3, 1910, p. 17.]
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The Motor Yacht Club’s September Regatta was brought to a close on Saturday. The weather was again excellent, Southampton Water being almost as smooth as on the opening.
The 30-knot hydroplanes appeared in three of the events. In one Mrs. Edgar Thornton’s Columbine won on time allowance from Sir John Thornycroft’s Miranda IV, Lord Howard de Walden’s Pierrette finishing third. The winner was at the top of her form, but Miranda IV, owing to an accident on Friday night, was not at her best.
In one of the other races Columbine gave time to Pierrette and to Mr. Douglas Hall’s White Spray and easily beat them both. White Spray beat Pierrette on the handicap. Only one of the skimmers arreared in the other race, which was a handicap for all comers. This was Columbine, which failed, however, to give away the heavy time allowances. Mr. Begbie’s Doonie won the race. Doonie also won the handicap for boats of less than 15 knots. The first prize in a race for cabin cruisers was won by Mr. G. Modin’s Weenie.
When the boats were preparing for the All-Comers’ Handicap, Mr. Lionel Rothschild’s Lizard and Mr. Douglas Hall’s White Spray collided and both were damaged, and neither took part in the race.
[Transcribed from the Times of London, Sep. 5, 1910, p. 14.]
(Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page —LF)
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