A brilliant French participation was expected, with Bernard HV.40
, Dewoitine et Nieuport
planes specially designed for the race. Unfortunately, they canceled due to engine
Italy also withdrew because the team could not be ready on time.
The French and Italians requested that the race be
rescheduled. The British Royal Aero Club refused. Owing to political and
economical problems, Great-Britain was only able to organize the race
thanks to a gift of 100,000 pounds from Lady Houston.
The race was held at the same location as the 1929 edition, scheduled for Saturday the 12th. The weather was bad with rain concealing the horizon, and was postponed until the next day.
The British team
consisted of Lt. J.N. Boothman and F.W. Long, and officer L.S. Snaith.
The sea was calm
and visibility excellent for the race.
Boothman, flying a Supermarine S.6B, captured the third victory for Great-Britain uncontested. The Schneider Trophy was permanently awarded to Great Britain.