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Motorboating at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Mixed A-Class (Open)

Motorboating at the 1908 Summer Games:


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Southampton Water, Southampton
Date Started: August 28, 1908
Date Finished: August 29, 1908
Format: Two races, both of 5 laps of a course of approxmately 8 nautical miles for a total distance of 40 nautical miles per race. Open to boats of any length or power.

Gold: FRA France


The winner, Camille, did not start in the race which, on the previous day, was abandoned after three laps due to adverse weather conditions. Dylan, who started in the abandoned race, did not compete in the re-scheduled race. The Daily Telegraph (31 August) refers to "Mr. Thubron and his crew," but the names of his crew are not known. The report also mentions that "Mr. Thubron's boat was variously described during the day as Camille, X, and Tréfle-à-Quatre." In race two, the Wolseley-Siddeley ran aground and did not finish, giving the victory to Camille.

The "Yachting and Boating" volume (1916) in the British Sports & Sportsmen series states that Emile Thubron was British and that he entered his French-built boat for France in order to give an international flavor to the competition. Judging by his name, Emile Thubron's connection with France was probably stronger than the mere fact that Camille had been built there.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsRace OneRace Two

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Camille FRA Gold
AC Wolseley-Siddeley-1 GBR DNF
AC Dylan-2 GBR DNF