Water motorsports at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Class B

The Class B (under 60 feet) was one of three motorboating classes contested on the Water motorsports at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. Nations could enter up to 3 boats.[1] In addition to the 60 foot limit, boats were limited to "a total piston area not exceeding that represented by four cylinders each of 155 mm. bore."[1]

Class B (<60 ft) motorboating
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
VenueSouthampton Water
DateAugust 28
Competitors4 from 1 nation
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gyrinus  Great Britain

The B class was held on 28 August, after the abortive first running of the open class. Again only two boats appeared at the starting line, Quicksilver and Gyrinus. Quicksilver became threatened by water coming in over the sides, abandoning the race. Gyrinus, a small boat with an extra crewman to bail water, was able to finish to make its crew the first Olympic champions in motorsports.


Place Boat Boaters Nation Time
  Gyrinus John Field-Richards
Bernard Boverton Redwood
Isaac Thomas Thornycroft
  Great Britain Unknown
Quicksilver John Marshall Gorham
Sophia Hope Gorham
  Great Britain Did not finish


  1. ^ a b Official Report, p. 36.

See alsoEdit

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.
  • De Wael, Herman (2001). "Motorboating 1908". Herman's Full Olympians. Retrieved 28 May 2006.
  • OlyMADMen. "Motorboating at the 1908 London Summer Games: Mixed B-Class". Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2009.