1931 Harmsworth Trophy (B.I.T.)

Statistics

Harmsworth Trophy
September 6, 7, 8 5 Knot Course
Detroit River 30 Knot Heats
Detroit, Michigan 75 Knot Race

 

  No. Entry Owner Comp. Lap Race
1. K-3 Miss England II (G.B.) Lord Wakefield 93.017  
2. U-7 Miss America V (U.S.) Gar Wood    
3. U-16 Miss America VIII (U.S.) Gar Wood 86.815  
4. U-19 Miss America IX (U.S.) Gar Wood 89.287  

 

  Heat One - 30 Knots Driver Points Speed
1. Miss England II Kaye Don 400 89.913
2. Miss America IX Gar Wood 361 87.039
3. Miss America VIII George Wood 324 85.861
  Heat Two - 30 Knots Driver Points Speed
1. Miss America VIII George Wood 400 60.872?
2. Miss America IX Gar Wood DSQ  
3. Miss England II Kaye Don DSQ  
  Heat Three - 15 Knots Driver Points Speed
1. Miss America VIII George Wood Flag 50.849

 

( The 1931 Harmsworth Trophy resulted in no match. The challenger was eliminated from the match through disqualification at the start of the second race and as her finishing could in no wise effect the second race tthe International Commission under the authority conferred upon it by the British International Trophy deed of gift ruled that no match resulted. Miss England II won the first race and Miss America VIII won the second race, but the special rules for the B.I.T. state that the country which first wins two races shall be adjudged the winner, and only countries not boats may be taken into consideration. )

( Miss England II's 5 nautical mile lap record of 93.017 increased the previous record by 14 mph. This speed was exceeded by Such Crust I in 1949 on a 7 nautical mile course, but was not exceeded on a 5 nautical mile course until 1950 when Slo-Mo-Shun IV came along.)

In the middle thirties Miss America VIII began being listed as the winner of the 1931 Harmsworth Trophy. It is speculated that the Harmsworth trustees having authority over the international commission declared the result referenced above. On numerous occasions extra heats were run to determine the boat that would be Harmsworth champion.

[Statistics from Greene, V.1]