1910 APBA Gold Cup

Gold Challenger Trophy Race to be Held August 4-6 At Thousand Islands Yacht Club

The Thousand Islands Yacht Club, holder of the American Power Boat Association Gold Challenge Cup, won two years ago by Dixie II from the Chippewa Bay Yacht Club, and last season successfully defended by the same boat, has fixed upon August 4-6 as the dates of this season’s races.

The event will take place in the club course, off Alexandria Bay, Thousand Islands. The cup that is donated by the American Power Boat Association in 1904, and was first won by the Standard, and later by Challenger, of Chippewa Bay Yacht Club. The latter craft successfully held it against all comers until she met her Waterloo in the summer of 1908, when pitted against Dixie II, the champion of the Thousand Islands Yacht Club.

The conditions of the race limit the over-all length of competing boats to 40 feet; no other restrictions are specified.

The races will be run off in three heats on consecutive days, and each heat cannot be less than 20, nor more than 40 nautical miles, the award being made under the point system, by which each boat entering and finishing the heat receives one point for entry, and one additional point for each boat she defeats, the winner being the scorer of the highest number of points covering all heats of the race.

The first challenger for the 1910 event was from the Chippewa Bay yacht Club, the second challenge was issued by the New York Motor Boat Club’s champion Intruder, the 275-horsepower 40-footer, designed by Henry G. Gielow, for Vice-Commodore Frederick K. Burnham, and launched at Jacob’s Ship Yards, City Island, May 7.

Intruder is equipped with an eight-cylinder Sterling engine, capable of delivering 300 horsepower at 1,200 revolutions, and 275 horsepower at 1,000 revolutions, and is expected to make at least 36 miles at the highest engine speed named.

Her plans and detailed description were published in the April, 1910 issue of Yachting.

It is expected that Intruder will participate in the elimination trials for the selection of an American team of three boats to defend the British International Cup contest. These elimination trials will be held at Huntington Harbor, August 15, 16 and 17.

(Transcribed from Yachting, June 1910, p. 544)

{NOTE: The writer should have done his homework, as he did not get the names of any of the Gold Cup winners correct between Standard and Dixie II. Go to this site’s Gold Cup Winners section to find the truth – GWC}

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