The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 31, 1886

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The Regatta at Belleville Yesterday.

The wind at Massassaga Point, near Belleville, yesterday, was from the south west, blowing moderately, and in consequence the weather for the regatta of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club was not such as to make the affair as great a success as it would have been under other circumstances. There was a large fleet of yachts in port, and at noon they were ready to participate in the races.

A First Class Race

The yachts in the first class race were started in the following order:

H. M. S.

Ariadne, New York 1 00 00

Cygnet, Toronto 1 00 00

Atalanta, Brighton 1 01 35

Norah, Belleville 1 02 17

Aileen, Toronto 1 01 40

Garfield, Kingston 1 03 05 3/4

White Wings, Trenton 1 03 17 3/4

Verve, Toronto 1 03 57 3/4

The Eudie, of Cobourg, and the Ethel, of Oswego, did not start. In running down to the south buoy the New York yacht went out of her proper course, while the Norah, keeping well on the buoy, rounded it first and sailed a winning race from the start. She showed her heels to all the other yachts, and, favored by the light wind, outsailed her competitors easily. Billy Black was at the tiller and handled the tiller splendidly. The Atalanta, sailed by Dow Claus, although a heavy weather boat, passed the sloops and cutters alike and won second money. The time made in sailing the course the first time was:

H. M. S.

Norah 2 26 30

Atalanta 2 30 30

Ariadne 2 33 30

White Wings 2 35 30

Aileen 2 38 30

Cygnet 2 41 30

Garfield 2 43 30

Verve 2 51 45

The Garfield and Verve ran practically out of the race after this. Barring accidents the Norah was given first place, the only struggle being between Cuthbert's new yacht White Wings and the big sloop Atalanta for second place. The Aileen, Ariadne and Cygnet were pretty well bunched. The time at the second turn is taken as follows:

H. M. S.

Norah 3 41 35

Atalanta 3 56 00

White Wings 4 10 00

Aileen 4 10 08

Ariadne 4 11 03

Cygnet 4 12 42

Garfield 4 27 15

Verve 4 31 42

The yachts carried all of their lower canvass, topsail and spinacker jib, while some of them put on a water sail while running before the wind.

The finish was made in the following order:

H. M. S.

Norah 4 59 20

Atalanta 5 17 25

White Wings 5 42 09

Aileen 5 43 20

Cygnet 5 48 35

Ariadne 5 49 04

The two other yachts run so far behind that the time of their finish was not taken. White Wings rounded the buoy on the wrong side and had to run back which was a loss to her of three minutes. The Atalanta with a measurement of 66.8 had to allow the

Meas. Time

Aileen 58.4 3 min. 35 s.

Norah 50.0 8 min. 07 s.

Ariadne 58.98 8 min. 49 s.

White Wings 47.25 16 min. 33 s.

Cygnet 48.01 14 min. 47 s.

Verve 39.06 28 min. 24 s.

The Norah, therefore, won the race by 26 m. 59 1/4 sec., corrected time.

The Norah, owner R.S. Bell, Belleville, has a splendid record. She won the first prize in Kingston in 1884. The Atalanta, everybody remembers, as the yacht that Cuthbert built to compete unsuccessfully, for the American challenge cup, held by the New York Yacht Club. The White Wings is a new boat, built also by Cuthbert. She is not yet well fitted out for racing.

Second Class Race

There were five entries in the second class race, and the start was made in this order:

H. M. S.

Gracie, Kingston 1 27 00

Mollie, Hamilton 1 27 47 1/2

Minnie A., Gananoque 1 28 13

Laura, Kingston 1 29 16 3/4

Iolanthe, Belleville 1 30 09

The regulation five minutes having elapsed before the last two yacts crossed the line they were timed at 1:29. The Surprise, of Trenton, and the Vision, of Cobourg, failed to put in an appearance. The wind was now very light, with occasional puffs off the land. The Iolanthe forged ahead at first, but the Kingston yacht, favoured with a breeze down the bay, soon picked up, and they had a close race to the buoy, the Belleville boat turning it first. But she soon lost her topsail and had to substitute an old one. Besides this disadvantage she did not appear to sail well under her new stern. The Laura passed her then, and led to the finish. The home buoy was made the first time around in this order:

H. M. S.

Laura 3 13 20

Iolanthe 3 14 5

Minnie A. 3 15 15

Gracie 3 19 15

Mollie 3 24 30

The Laura and the Minnie A. were admirably handled, but it was the light wind alone that gave the Gananoque boat first money. The finish was made as follows:

H. M. S.

Laura 4 47 50

Iolanthe 4 49 39 3/4

Gracie 4 53 2 3/4

Minnie A. 5 00 00

The latter boat lost four minutes in turning the home buoy on the wrong side, but her time allowance gave her the race by 2 min. and 27 seconds. The Laura beat the Iolanthe 4 min. and 10 secs., corrected time.

The yacht Minnie A. was built at Belleville by John Addison from his own design, and rebuilt at Gananoque. She is small for the second class, but a light wind suits her well. The Gracie would have secured a good place had not she and the Laura been unable to find the third buoy, and run over a half mile out of the course. The Minnie A., noting their wandering movements, made a run on her own account and reached the buoy first. Had it not been for this circumstance the Laura would have maintained her first position. The wind was very good for the Gracie and Iolanthe, but hardly stiff enough for the Laura. The Belleville people were, however, surprised at her steadiness. During the day she did not wet her decks, and the course was covered in a little over four hours.

Third Class Race

The Mischief won the third class race, Mandy second, and Lapointe third.

Nature of the Prize

The prizes were: First class - $150 and custody of champion flag; $75; $30. Second class - custody of champion flag and $100; $50; $25. The judges were H. Corby, H. McKinnon, and W.H. Ponton. Timers - S.A. Spangenberg and R.S. Bell, and starters S.R. Balkwill and E. Corby.

Ald. W.H. Biggard commodore, was very attentive to the visitors. In the evening there was a banquet at the Dafoe House.

The Regatta On Monday

The Kington regatta occurs on Monday, and if favored with a good breeze it will be the event of the season. There will be a fine opportunity of testing the qualities of the deep draught boats vs. skimming dishes. The secretary says the following yachts will take part:

First class - Aileen, Verve, Cygnet, Toronto; Atalanta, Brighton; Norah, Belleville; White Wings, Trenton; Ariadne, New York; Garfield, Kingston; Endie (Eudie ?), Cobourg; Ethel, Oswego.

Second class - Iolanthe, Belleville; Minnie A., Gananoque; Gracie, Laura, Victoria, Kingston; Mollie, Hamilton; Katie Gray, Oswego; Vision, Cobourg.

Third class - Puzzler B., Brockville; Wide Awake, Belladonna, Shadow, Kingston; Mischief, Toronto, besides two boats each, names unknown, from Gananoque and Brockville. Small crafts from Chaumont and Three Mile Bay are also expected.

The races start at 10 o'clock from the Grand Trunk wharf. The course can be viewed from any of the city wharves.

Plans of the course have been prepared by Mr. Birkett, of the Locomotive Works. They are the most elegant things of the kind ever placed in the hands of the yachtsmen, and a credit to the taste of the artist.


The schr. Folger loads lumber for Oswego.

The schr. A.L. Andrews brings corn from Chicago to Kingston at 4 1/2 cents.

Ald. Eilbeck will ship 3,000 bushels of peas to Montreal on Monday.

The str. Khartoum will make her usual trips tomorrow to Channel Grove.

The str. Norseman calls at Swift's, on her way down the river, tomorrow at 8 a.m.

The schr. Maggie McRae has been chartered to carry timber from Manistee to Garden Island.

The prop. Glengarry and consorts Glenora and Gaskin, grain laden, are expected from Port Arthur this evening.

The schooner M.J. Cummings, which has been getting her bow and stern repaired and a new mizzen mast at Buffalo, is ready for business again.

The schrs. Oliver Mitchell, Chicago, corn; Jessie Macdonald, Port Burwell, peas; steambarge Glengarry and barges, Duluth, wheat; are in the Welland Canal en route to Kingston.

Yesterday, just as the steamer Khartoum was about to leave the wharf with an excursion party for Channel Grove, the Collector of Customs appeared and detained the boat because there was no certified engineer on board. Capt. Rothwell had to hunt up another, and after an hour's time secured one from the steamer Prince Arthur to help him out of the difficulty.

Arrivals - schr. Ocean Wave, Charlotte, 142 tons coal; schr. Annie M. Foster, Oswego, 113 tons stove coal; schr. Riverside, Chicago, 21,632 bush. corn; schr. Grantham, Toronto, 2,000 bush. wheat; schr. Craftsman, Toledo, 20,000 bush. corn; schr. Ariadne, Toronto, 15,000 bush. wheat.

Cleared - schr. Annie Falconer, Oswego, light; schr. Grantham, Sandusky, light; sloop Two Brothers, Cape Vincent, 1,200 ties; schr. White Oak, Sodus Point, light; canal boat Eliza, Oswego, 240 tons leached ashes; schr. Riverside, Toledo, light; schr. Rounds, Oswego, light.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 31, 1886