1909 Cowes Regatta
British Motor-Boat Club
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)
[Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page — LF]