1934 Madison Labor Day Regatta
Labor Day Races Send Craft to River Bottom
One boat sank, another had a hole gouged in its hull and two occupants of another were thrown in the river during the Labor Day regatta at Madison yesterday.
Choppy water caused the Scram, owned by Buster Schoepfel, of Cincinnati, to spring a leak and she went down before help could reach her. The Rocket, owned by Earl Kraus, Covington, Ky., did not enter the races after a hole was gouged in her hull at 8 a.m. in a collision with Robert Nolleth's Stormy Weather.
Collins Downes and his mechanic, thrown from the Louisville Kid as they were making a turn, were rescued by a Coast Guard boat, and the driver of the Hermes left his boat, leaped to the Louisville Kid and switched off her motor to save her from being damaged.
The winners in the 725 Class [ED. NOTE -- The true predecessors to today's unlimiteds] were:
1. BIG SHOT, Bill Cantrell, Louisville 2. LOUISVILLE KID, Collings Downes, Louisville 3. MISS CINCINNATI, Cam Fischer, Cincinnati.
1. HERMES, C.A. Carman, Vinegrove, KY 2. RACKETEER, C.W. Ciconette, Louisville 3. LOUISVILLE KID, Collings Downes, Louisville
1. THE FRAZZLE, R. McFarland, Cincinnati 2. BAT II, Steve Callandrino, Louisville 3. SCRAM, Joe Schoepfel, Cincinnati 4. SCAT, S. Bodner, Louisville
Class C Outboard:
1. H-11, Dr. J.W. Newberg, Bedford IN 2. FLASH, Areel Reinking, Indianapolis
1. KENTUCKY COLONEL, Cliff Smith, Cincinnati 2. BIG SHOT, Bill Cantrell, Louisville 3. JOHN VI, John Brown, Louisville
The Scram remained under water this morning when the owner, assisted by a U.S. Coast Guard boat, were unable to pull her up with a light cable they had tied to her. A buoy was tied to the craft soon after it went down yesterday to enable those who planned to raise the boat to locate her. The boat is valued at approximately $1,000.
Louisville boat owners turned out with the strongest delegation of visiting craft. A flotilla of more than 20 luxurious yachts, cruisers and runabouts arrived at the Madison landing Saturday afternoon, coming into the Hill boat service float in parade fashion. These boats, with their owners and parties, remained in Madison over Sunday for the races.
Cincinnati was represented also by several fine boats and members of the Cincinnati boat club offered their assistance in timing and starting the races.
As far as could be learned the regatta association was able to pay all expenses but profits, if any, are said to be only meager.
The Driftwood, owned by Charles Thornton of Madison, was used later this morning in retrieving the Scram from the river bed. Five men manned a cable after a hook had been fastened to the boat. The craft was taken from the water and loaded onto a trailer for transporting to its home port this afternoon.
The Louisville Kid was formerly Miss Houston IV, built by Frank Robertson of Houston, Texas. She is the holder of the 510 record, having made 61.5 mph on the straightway. The Louisville Kid won the national regatta at Madison in 1930, won the northern Michigan annual regatta at Harbor Springs in 1930, placed third in the 725 and free-for-all in the Beaumont, Texas, national regatta in 1931, won the Queen City regatta June 17 of this year, won the Louisville regatta free-for-all July 29 of this year and has been entered in numerous other prominent races. She is powered by a special Curtiss OX5 aviation motor.
(Reprinted from the Madison Courier Sept. 4, 1934)