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Lehman Brothers

These photos are from an era when the International Regatta at St Alban's was truly International. Visitors from France, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany would come to race, and above are the Lehman Brothers  from Switzerland with two very contrasting boats. The upper launch shows a Malfatti Flash design with integral, picklefork sponsons. The engines were set well back in the hulls of these boats, which would cause them to fly as many found to their cost, especially when the more powerful Rossi motors arrived. Above is a much more conventional outrigger hydro. Look at the destroyer in the background making its way across the lake, no safety fence in those days.

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