Strange Trivia in Sports - Rowing and Yachting

Some strange trivia, facts, records, and events in the history of the sport of Rowing and Yachting.

ROWING AND YACHTING

The record for speed rowing is held by James Paddon of Australia, who rowed a mile in 5 minutes in 1924.

Mrs. Lottie Schoemmell holds the woman's rowing freshwater and saltwater speed records. Recorded June 12, 1927, covering the 30 mi. between Long Beach and Catalina, Calif., her saltwater mark is 11 hours 29 minutes. In freshwater, Mrs. Schoemmell rowed 32 mi. in 7 hours 48 minutes. The latter mark was accomplished August 19, 1927, Lake Champlain, N.Y.

King George V owned the most successful racing yacht in history. His craft, Britannia, 1893-1935, won 231 races in 625 starts.

The largest private sailing yacht in history was the Sea Cloud, owned by Mrs. Marjorie Merriweather Post-Close-Hutton-Davies-May. The craft was 350' long and had 30 sails.

In 1884, Tanneguy DeWogan built a boat out of compressed paper. The Parisian traveled 2,500 mi. in the craft without a single leak.

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