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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 20, 1848

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The Mariane, Cutter is open to sail any yacht of her tonnage in Canada, give or take a ton, for £50. An Umpire to be appointed by each party, who will name a day for the match to come off, and arrange all further details.

Kingston, Sept. 16th, 1848.


The Long Islanders Beaten By A Tailor.

In the hurried account we gave of the Regatta on Saturday, several mistakes occurred, hardly worth while correcting at this time, with the exception of the Race for the championship of the Bay. For many years past, the Long Islanders have been famed for their Boat Racing, and one Islander in particular, Mr. James Eccles, has remained the Champion of the Bay for 15 years. Ill health and increasing years have at length overtaken him, and at the late Regatta, he was unable to come to the scratch. In this dilemma, the Long Islanders looked out for their next best man, and after many cogitations and comparative trials of strength, pitched upon a French Canadian of the name of Turcotte. But good as he might be, he was beaten in the easiest manner by a young tailor of Green Bay, Barriefield, the third son of Mr. James Medley of that ilk. So easily was the Long Islander beaten, that the only thwart of Medley's Race Skiff, being a slight thing knocked in a hurry by Mr. James Knapp, the Boat builder of Green Bay, breaking down in the commencement of the Race, the winner had to finish the contest sitting on the sharp end of a piece of board luckily left in the skiff at the time of starting. We mention the trade of the new champion, for the purpose of stirring up the pride of the Long Islanders. For many years the Long Island club has possessed the best of rowers, nay, indeed, has been celebrated far and near for its men; but strange to say, they are, as athletes, old fogies, and past their prime. Mr. Eccles, Capt. Cameron, Mr. John Lambert, Mr. Spinning and others are all past forty, and it is a folly to think, that in stamina they can successfully contend with a young man like Medley, scarcely twenty-two years of age. Where are the young men of Long Island? Where is the rising generation? Will you stay beaten in this shabby way, and by a tailor too?

We have been favored, from a casual contributor, with the following on the same subject:-

The Championship - The Long Islanders are smarting under the ill-fortune which attended them at the late Regatta, in the struggle for the Championship. To be so manfully and easily deprived of the laurels they had won for so many years past, and that too, by a tailor, is rather more than they can easily digest, though they were possessed of the stomach of an ostrich. The idea of their being so valiantly beaten by the ninth part of a man, is a homethrust sufficient to call up a blush, even supposing them to have no more shame than an oyster. Medley, to his great credit be it said, rowed the greater part of the distance while sitting in the bottom of his skiff; the seat having given way immediately after he had left the starting point. We hope at the next Regatta which comes off at Kingston, to have the Barriefield Regatta Club in a perfect condition; when the Long Islanders will have still further cause to look to their laurels. By that time, also, we will be able to adduce sufficient proof that Mr. James Knapp, who constructed the skiff rowed by Medley, can build boats to compete with, or even outvie those brought from Long Island, the sneering insinuations of a certain interested gentleman to the contrary notwithstanding. By the bye, before taking leave of this subject we would suggest the propriety of the tailors in the city and its vicinity, presenting a silver cup to the Champion, with an appropriate inscription engraved thereon, as a token of their approbation of the manner in which he acquitted himself at the late Regatta. Seriously, will none of them take the matter up? We should be happy to have it in our power to chronicle so deserving an action on their part.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 20, 1848