Water motorsports at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Class B

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Class B (<60 ft) motorboating
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue Southampton Water
Date August 28
Competitors 4 from 1 nation
1st, gold medalist(s) Gyrinus  Great Britain
Water motorsports at the
1908 Summer Olympics
Water motorsports pictogram.svg
Class A (open)   mixed
Class B (<60 ft)   mixed
Class C (6.5–8 m)   mixed

The Class B (under 60 feet) was one of three motorboating classes contested on the Water motorsports at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme.

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
1st, gold medalist(s) Gyrinus John Field-Richards
Bernard Boverton Redwood
Isaac Thomas Thornycroft
 Great Britain Unknown
Quicksilver John Marshall Gorham  Great Britain Did not finish