The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 5, 1848

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p.2 Toronto Regatta - The Patriot of yesterday gives the following brief account of the first day's sport:-

The first day of our Regatta came off yesterday, and although a majority of the Boat Races fell through, owing to a want of proper spirit on the part of owners of the row boats, the sports afforded much satisfaction to the large concourse of spectators by whom they were witnessed.

As the winning boat of the last race did not come in until nearly seven o'clock, it is manifestly out of our power to give more than the result of the different races, which terminated as follows:

1. The four oared race for £10 (six miles) was won after a severe contest, by Mr. Garside's Holdfast, beating Mr. S. Campbell's Post Master, (2nd) and Mr. H.E. Nicolls' Letitia (3rd). Mr. Campbell's boat led for the first five miles, and seemed quite the winner, but at the last half mile the Holdfast made a strong play, and came in about three boat's length ahead.

2. The Skiff Race, for £5 (3 miles) brought only three boats to the start. It was quite a hollow thing - Richardson's Sheldrake, beating Iredale's Nymph, Gooderham's Snowbird being distanced.

In consequence of so many of the rowing matches failing to have the requisite number of entrances, the Stewards, to compensate the public for the disappointment thereby occasioned, forthwith opened a special Sailing match as follows, viz:-

A Prize of £7 10 s. to the 1st - £2 10s. to the second - and 1 pd. 5 s. to the third - open to all sailing boats - time allowed for tonnage at the rate of 60 seconds per ton at the coming in - the course to be twice round the Bay.

The owners of the Yachts came forward immediately in a truly sporting and liberal spirit, not less than thirteen entrances having been made - indeed to the parties owning sailboats the Regatta owes by far the largest share of its attractions - but for their support the amusements of the day would have been comparatively "flat, stale, and unprofitable."

Owing to the difficulty of getting so many vessels placed at their moorings, the start did not take place till nearly five o'clock, and at the termination the following six boats came in as follows, viz.:

Mr. Arnold's Undine, at 40 1/2 minutes past 6.

Mr. O'Brien's Gazelle, at 44 1/2 minutes past 6.

Mr. Shaw's Albacore, 50 minutes past 6.

Mr. Whitlam's Belle Louise, 53 minutes past 6.

Mr. E. Ewart's Storm, 53 1/2 minutes past 6.

Mr. Heyward's Saucy Jack, 57 1/2 minutes past 6.

As the tonnage of the above boats has not yet been certified, it is not possible to say which of them is entitled to the 2nd and 3rd prizes; but the Undine, we fancy, is beyond doubt the winner of the first. At 7 o'clock no other boat being in, the race was declared over. The following boats started, but were not placed, viz.:

Mr. Draper's Elias.

Mr. Nicoll's Peri (late Grace Darling)

Mr. T. Shortis's Cecilia (late Maria)

G. Crookshank's Queen.

Mr. Hodgin's Firefly.

Mr. Gunn's Shark

Mr. Manning's Indian Queen

The Sailing Match afforded a high treat to the lovers of nautical amusement. The Steamer City of Toronto was anchored out in the middle of the Bay, and was crowded with company. By the kind permission of Major Esten, the Band of the Rifle Brigade was in attendance, and delighted the audience with their fine music. Altogether, the day's amusements were very good, and afforded much gratification to all who witnessed them.

The sports of today comprise three sailing matches classified according to tonnage, and for particulars of which we refer our readers to the published programmes of the Regatta.

p.3 The Court of Bankruptcy for the Midland District - in the matter of Joseph Pierson, a Bankrupt, a meeting to audit the accounts of the assignee on 7th Sept. S. Rowlands, clerk.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 5, 1848