1939 Presidents Cup

Six Boats to Start in Presidents Cup Race, High Spot of Regatta Tomorrow

My Sin Heads Fleet Of Flashy Racers Seeking Trophy

Final Heats for Many Classes on Program; Outboards Busy Today

By Malcolm Lamborne, Jr.

While outboards sputtered over the Potomac River today in the opening session of the Presidents Cup Regatta's powerboat section, drivers of inboard racers from the little 91-cublc-inch hydroplanes to the large, expensive Gold Cup boats were arriving In town for the Initial heats tomorrow.

In a racing program studded with the biggest names in the speedboat world the next two days will see the elevation of national and international titleholders as the 1939 racing season closes.

Although no entries from abroad, as a result of the situation in Europe, are in the Presidents Cup event, a choice field of six starters Is assured for this race beginning at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow. If the favorite. Zal Simmons' My Sin. wins the event the Greenwich, Conn., sportsman will rank as the 12-liter champion of the world. Should another take the Chief Executive's trophy Simmons will still have tied for the honor.

My Sin Favored Boat

The so-called 12-liter title, originating last year, resolves itself between one contest on the Continent, the second race at the Gold Cup Regatta on Labor Day and the concluding event here. Count Theo Rossi, who was forced to cancel his sailing to this country, as well as his entry in the President’s Cup race, won the opener. Simmons swept the Labor Day event at Detroit.

My Sin. a Ventnor-built boat, has been given the edge over all other starters tomorrow.

America's sportiest and most popular class—often a show stealer when billed with the Gold Cup boats—the 225-cubic-inch hydroplane, will crown its 1939 champion on Sunday with the running of the third and final heat for the John Charles Thomas Trophy.

This race promises to be a thriller for no toher reason than that the three former holders of the Thomas Trophy have entered this year, all with the same boats that won them the coveted honor.

Many Finals Today

They are Bill Gatewood's Miss Manteo II from Norfolk. Va.. winner in 1936; Tops II of veteran Jack Cooper, Kansas City, Mo., who won In 1937. and Chrissie III, owned by young George Schrafft of Newton. Mass., last year's winner. Miss Manteo, it will be recalled, gave Count Rossi a race for his money in the special handicap event improvised last year when no contenders came out for the Presidents Cup event.

Young Schrafft, heir to the Schrafft candy millions, is ranking driver on points thus far this season, his second year in racing, which he took up when doctors told him to get into the open or accept the worse.

In addition to two heats for the Presidents Cup. tomorrow will see opening contests for 91s. 135s and Class E Inboards. Finals for outboard runabouts, service and racing divisions; service and racing inboard runabouts; 225s for the American Power Boat Association championship and the All-Washington Sweepstakes also will be held.

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Big Race Entries

Among entries for events tomorrow and Saturday:

Presidents Cup Race:

Zalmon Simmons. Greenwich. Conn . My Sin, Herbert Mendelson. Detroit. Mich.. Notre
Harold T. Wilson. Ingersol. Canada. Miss Canada III.
Ernie Chase. Baltimore. Md, Artic Tern.
Bill Cantrell. Louisville Ky.. Why Worry.
Lou J. Fageol. Los Angeles. Calif.. So-Long.

225-Cubic-Inch Class.

A. E. Madison. Concord. N. H.. Buckaroo.
George T. Schrafft. Newton. Mass. Chrissie II
W. Earle Orem. Cambridge. Md.. Sea Gull
Jack Cooper. Kansas City. Mo. Tops II
Gibson Bradfield. Barnesville. Ohio, Bad News
Julius Manger, jr.. Pelham. N. Y.. Blue Glide IV
Francis E. Vintschger. Morristown. N. J., Tortuga.
Thomas Glennon. West Chester. Pa., Wild Goose.
Tom Chatfield Danbury. Conn.. Viper III
David G. Forman. Buffalo. N. Y . Aguila
Daniel O'Connell. Jr. Cincinnati. Ohio. Baby Pat III
Charles F. Schwarm. Wyoming. Ohio. Sanjinks
R E Wolf, Uhrichsville Ohio M’fah
C Frank Hipp. Rockwell Center. N. Y., Meadowmere III
William E. Gatewood. Norfolk. Va Miss Manteo II.

--- (Washington) Evening Star, September 22, 1939