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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 19, 1849

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Yesterday, the annual Regatta "came off." The day had been selected so as to bring this contest among the incidents of the gathering to the Provincial Show. And a splendid affair it was. We make no idle boast when we say that no town or city on either side of the St. Lawrence and the lakes can turn out as fine a fleet of boats as that which yesterday contended for the Regatta prizes.

The day was very fine for the thousands of spectators, but for the competing yachts the wind was rather light, and from the north west.

The scow race was the first, but in this there was very little of a contest. There were but two entries, and the Wolverine, belonging to Mr. Eccles, came in easily the winner. Her competitor was a very small craft, intended for the third class yacht race, but very properly ruled out by the stewards.

About 1 o'clock, the signal gun for the first and second classes boomed, and the following vessels got under way. It will be observed that three of the second class boats also entered for the first class. Tonnage for the first, 20 tons and over; for the second, 12 tons.

Jenny Lind (First and second) Mr. Collins

Mary Anne (First class) Mr. Rutherford

Tempest (First and second) Mr. Pidgeon

Undine do. Mr. Arnold

Mystery (second class) Mr. Baird, R.B.

Arab do. Mr. Redfern

The course was down the river to a buoy placed off the Spectacles, islands, thence to a buoy below Ferguson's Point, thence to Four Mile Point, thence across the bay to Ferris' Point, thence home.

There was a special interest attached to this race, by the competition between the Mary Anne and the Jenny Lind - the latter the winner of the first class prize last year. The Mary Anne on this occasion, however, came in the victor, the Tempest close on her heels, winning the second class prize, and saving her entrance in the first. The Undine, from Toronto, made a good third, saving her entrance in the second class.

But we are anticipating a little the order of events. When the first and second class boats were somewhere near the first buoy the gun gave the signal for the third and fourth class boats to start. The third class was composed of boats of six tons and under, and the fourth of boats having eighteen feet keel. The number at the buoys was nineteen, and as they paid off and ran with a free sheet to their first buoy below Ferguson's Point, carrying everything which could be hoisted, (square sails excluded) formed one of the most interesting sights which has ever been witnessed on our waters. The following were the entries - (the four last belonging to the fourth class.)

The Breeze, Mr. Newdegate, R.B.

The Seagull, Mr. Hill, R.A.,

The Rover, Mr. Crawford,

The Crispin, Mr. George,

The Sans Souci, Mr. Burrowes,

The Tecumseh, Mr. Maine,

The Waterwitch, Mr. Smith,

The Golden Arrow, Mr. Osborne,

The Pearl, Mr. Pidgeon,

The Petrel, Mr. Wilson,

The Iris, Mr. Rowlands,

The Nautilus, Mr. Chambers,

The Come, Mr. Hanlon,

The Wip Poor Will, Mr. Bell,

The Odd Fellow, Mr. Offord,

The Agnes, Mr. Cunningham,

The Stranger, Mr. Miller,

The Gazelle, Mr. Macneill XX Regt.

The Pearl came in the winner of the third class prize, followed closely by the Rover. The Rover, under the name of the Ada, was the winner of the third class prize last year, and now came in a good second, saving her entrance. The Gazelle was the winner of the fourth class, the Odd Fellow coming in second.

In the rowing matches, there was, unfortunately, no competition. The Long Islanders went over the course unopposed. Their reputation is so well established that it seems to be considered useless to compete with them.

The skiff races afforded them an opportunity of recovering the laurel lost last year. The redoubtable Eccles himself took the oars, and the champion of 1848 had to yield the coveted honor to the "victor of many a field." Reynardson, of Toronto, did not make his appearance, much to the disappointment of the lovers of Regatta sports, who hoped to witness another contest between him and Eccles. We hope he will yet come, as we doubt not that both Eccles and Medley will be on hand at a moment's notice for a "pull."

The arrangement of the buoys and the time of starting for the several classes was such as to bring the whole of the yachts at one time upon the beat across the offing, and materially heightened the effect of the affair. The steamer Magnet was crowded with spectators, and a number went out by the Porcupine. The American steamer Ontario, from below, and the bay steamer Fashion, both crowded with passengers, ran for the little fleet and for some time followed its course, before touching their wharves.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 19, 1849