20 MAY 1905, Page 1

The motor-boat race from Algiers to Toulon, organised under the

auspices of the French Government, ended in disaster. The first stage of the race from Toulon to Minorca was completed without mishap ; but so violent a gale sprang up shortly after the motor-boats left Port Mahon that six out of the seven were sunk, and it was only by the most deter- mined gallantry on the part of the officers and men of the cruisers and destroyers who accompanied them that their crews were rescued without loss of life. So far as one can see, nothing is gained by the experiment, except the negative advantage of attaching to motor racing by sea the discredit it has already achieved on land. Let us have speed trials by all means, but not races.