1952 Cambridge Gold Cup

Baltimore Entry Captures Cambridge Yacht Gold Cup

Cambridge. Md., Aug. 2 — (AP) —Ed Alexandrowicz, of Baltimore, won the Cambridge Yacht Club Gold Cup for unlimited hydroplanes in the opening day races of the sixteenth annual powerboat regatta here today.

Seven races for both inboards and outboards served as a warmup for tomorrow’s crowded program, including the Eastern championship for drivers of Pacific One-Design hydroplanes.

Showers interrupted the races three times but otherwise conditions were ideal. The Choptank River was calm and clouds kept the glare off the water.

At Half Speed

Alexandrowicz, ran his Wee Tommy Tucker, a 266-hydroplane. at half speed in beating Bob Dawson, of Baltimore, in Chesapeake Cat. the only other entry. The winner averaged 58 mph in two heats of three laps each around the mile and two-thirds course.

Times also were slow for the other six races.

The only accident came in the first heat of the second race for stock utility outboards when William Madigan, of Arlington, in Knight Owl, flipped over.

Fifty-five boats were entered in today’s races and about 65 were expected tomorrow when events for the POD’s and eight other types of inboards will be run.

Back to defend his Eastern championship and the Ford Memorial trophy he has won the last two years will be Roger Phelps, of Hampton. Va.. in Skipper.

Elwood Pliescott, of Cambridge, holder of the world straightaway speed record for Class D inboard racing runabouts, will be the man to beat in that division.

Pliescott set the world record of 69 769 mph last year at New Martinsville, W. Va., in My Boy Woody.

Today’s results:

--- August 3, 1952