p.2 Yachting - The present season promises to eclipse all others in this noble and healthful sport. Cobourg, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, and perhaps other places, will have their regattas. Cobourg "opens the ball," and does so with that enterprize and liberality which are its almost universal characteristics. The regatta will last for two days, and the prizes offered exceed $500 in value, and in addition a Regatta Ball will take place on the evening of the first day's race.
The regatta at Cobourg last year was one of the finest that ever took place in Canada, and notwithstanding the faux pas which occurred on the first day in awarding one of the prizes, the liberal and gentlemanlike way in which the error was endeavored to be rectified by the stewards by presenting out of their own pockets a handsome purse for the benefit of those yachts which had contended in the disputed race, showed that they were actuated by the spirit of true yachtsmen.
Two or three of the crack boats owned in Kingston will, we are informed, breast the lake to contend for the laurels. We naturally wish them every success, but are somewhat timorous as to the result, several new first class yachts, equipped with all the latest improvements, having been lately launched. We would, however, have more confidence if the owner of "The Belle of Kingston" had allowed her to remain in the same condition to which she had been perfected when last she sailed at Cobourg, and not have converted her into a mere pleasure yacht, as she now is. From all accounts she never sailed, and probably never will again sail, as she did at that Cobourg regatta on the second day, when she completely distanced all competitors.
We perceive by the following circular that the races will be confined to Canadian yachts, and this will doubtless be the rule at all the other regattas of the present season.