1912 Detroit Motor Boat Club Match Race
|Detroit Motor Boat Club Match Race|
|June 8||10 Mile Course|
|Detroit River||20 Mile Heats|
|Detroit, Michigan||40 Mile Race|
|1.||Baby Reliance II (1)||John Ryan||—||—|
|2.||Kitty Hawk II||Lee Counselman||43.848||37.325|
|1.||Kitty Hawk II||Freeman Munroe||2||38.605|
|2.||Baby Reliance II||Jay Smith||Dnf|
|1.||Kitty Hawk II||Freeman Munroe||2||36.126|
|Recapitulation||Heat 1||Heat 2||Total|
|1.||Kitty Hawk II||2||2||4|
|2.||Baby Reliance II||DNF||DNS||0|
This was a challenge match race between John Ryans's Baby Reliance II and Lee Counselman's Kitty Hawk II. Baby Reliance was designed by Smith-Ryan while Kitty Hawk was by John L. Hacker — two rival designers in the Detroit area. Baby Reliance had a Sterling while Kitty Hawk had a Van Blerck under her hatches.
Each heat was to be two laps around Belle Island. However in the first heat Baby Reliance capsized when confronted with a pleasure boat wake. The boats ran evenly matched until the Reliance accident. This was the most important Detroit regatta up to that time.
[Statistics from Greene, V.1]