1906 Buffalo Launch Club September Regatta

Buffalo Launch Club

Buffalo, N.Y. -- Races were held over the course of the Buffalo Launch Club at the Bedell House, on September 8, and were participated in by the combined fleet of both the Launch Club and the Motor Boat Club of Buffalo. There were two races, the prizes in each being given by Hon. O. P. Letchworth, of the Pratt & Letchworth Co. Summary:

Semi-Speed Boats -- 5 miles Speed Boats -- 10 miles
Boat Owner Time Boat Owner Time
Dawn C. S. Alt, BLC 24:39 Niagara C. B. Lentz, BLC 25:36
Truscott F. W. Sherman, MBC 25:57 Pete H. A. Brundage, MBC 36:45
Grit J. F. Ellsworth, MBC 26:59 Dolphin E. de Kleist, BLC 33:29
Rebel White & Savage, MBC 30:36 Tornado R. W. Koerner, MBC 30:22
  Wizard II A. F. Dohn, BLC 30:49
Arab II R. Sidway, BLC 31:35
Abe S A. C. Houser, BLC 39:22


On September 15th three races were held by the Buffalo Launch Club. The first event was for cabin boats, sixteen miles, up the river to the mouth of the Niagara, around the dummy light and return. The Gweogar, owned by Ellsworth Frick, of Buffalo, won first place, with Laura, owned by L. Lindenschmidt, of Buffalo, second. Time, 2:27:12.

Next came the 32-mile race for the handsome Herschell-Spillman trophy, which was won by the Whiz, owned by Levant R. Vandervoort, of North Tonawanda, in 1 h. 45 m. 44 s. The Dolphin, owned by Eugene de Kleist, of North Tonawanda, took second place in 1 h. 52 m. 46 s., and Frank Sidway's Arab II was third. The Niagara broke down fifteen minutes after starting and was unable to finish the race.

The third race of the day, which was run off while the 32-mile contest was on, was won by Sis, of Buffalo, with Scamp, of Buffalo, second, and Vingt Sept, of Buffalo, third.

(Transcribed from The Motor Boat, Sep. 25, 1906, p. 31.)

[Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page. — LF]