The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1865

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A more favorable day than the present one for the holding of the Regatta could not have dawned. The morning was beautifully clear and calm until after ten o'clock, when a light and favorable lake breeze sprung up, just sufficient to make the sailing pleasant and successful and to lessen the dangers to small crafts. It was nearly ten when the yachts began to move up and down the harbor, ready at any moment for the trial of speed, and by this time all the wharves whence the best view could be obtained began to be crowded with sight-seers, all anxious for the success of their favorite crafts, and impatient of delay. The harbor was dotted with sailboats and skiffs, and here, too, the anxiety was evidently very great. At half past ten, the hour appointed for starting in class A, the yachts Belle and John A. Macdonald, schooner Ripple, and yacht Garibaldi had taken up their stations in line in the above order opposite the Queen's wharf. These were the only first class vessels which entered for the $100 prize in class A, the three yachts belonging to the city and the Ripple hailing from Brockville. The Belle having lost her moorings, a good deal of delay and difficulty occurred in again getting her into position, and it was not until nineteen minutes past eleven that the small brass gun on the Queen's wharf was fired as the signal for starting. The commodore of the day, Mr. C.F. Gildersleeve, and the Secretary to the Regatta, were out in a small gig giving directions and seeing that everything was ready for a fair start.

Class A. - For all standing-keel yachts over ten tons. Entrance $5. Prize $100. The course, from Garrison moorings to Ferguson Point buoy, thence to Four Mile Point buoy, thence to Penitentiary Point buoy, thence to winning buoy, and over the same course again.

In starting, the John A. Macdonald led the way, the Garibaldi coming second, the Belle third, and the Ripple fourth. It was soon discovered, however, that the Belle must take the lead, she being the only one lucky enough to turn Point Frederick without tacking, giving her in a little while an advantage of over half a mile over all the others. On reaching the winning buoy on the first round the Belle was only a few lengths ahead of the John A. Macdonald, but on the second round the John A. Macdonald came in first, the bowsprit of the Belle touching her stern; the Belle being allowed thirteen minutes for tonnage. The two rounds over the course concluded at a quarter to three. Time: the John A. Macdonald, 2 h. 42 m. 35 s.; the Belle, 2 h. 42 m. 47 s.; the Ripple and Garibaldi being nowhere.

Class B. - For centre-board and slip-keel boats under 10 tons, and over 20 feet keel. Entrance $3. Prize $40.

Class C. - For open boats under 20 feet keel. Entrance $2. Prize $25. Distance once round the above course.

These two classes started together, to save time. The entries in class B being the Alarm, the Water Lily, the Surf, the Spray, and the Humming Bird; those in class C, the Surf, Mermaid, Spray, Advance, Pride of the Wave, and Oriental - the Surf and the Spray entering for both classes. The Alarm, in class B, led the way handsomely at starting, and kept it until she rounded Point Frederick.

Class D - For scows. Entrance $2. Prize $20. Distance, same as classes B and C.

Only two scows entered for this race, starting in about fifteen minutes after the two previous classes, the Black Hawk and the New Broom, the latter taking the lead, with every prospect of keeping it.

The following is the order in which the several yachts arrived in Class B: Alarm, 1h. 32m. 32 sec.; Humming Bird, 1h. 34m.; Water Lily, 1h. 35m.; Spray, 1h. 39m. 45s. - a protest being entered against the Water Lily in regard to her tonnage.

In Class C: Pride of the Wave, 1h. 50m. 37s.; Oriental, 2h. 9m.; Advance, 2h. 20m.; Spray, 1h. 39m. 45s.

And in Class D: New Broom, 1h. 44m. 30s.; Black Hawk, 1h. 48m.

The rowing matches took place above the Cataraqui Bridge, starting from a buoy moored opposite the Queen's wharf to a buoy half a mile distant, opposite Point Frederick, and returning, making the distance one mile.

The result of these matches could not be obtained in time for publication; they will be given tomorrow.

The steamer Bay of Quinte and the tugs Advance and Robert Read steamed over the course repeatedly during the day, giving those on board a better opportunity of seeing the matches than could be seen on shore. The Band of the Royal Canadian Rifles were on board the Bay of Quinte.

Everything went off very pleasantly, the day continuing fine to the close. Only one slight accident occurred during the day, the scow Black Hawk running into and upsetting the small yacht Mermaid, giving the crew of the latter a watery dip. The Regatta was in every way a highly successful one, and contrasts very favorably with those of previous years.

Vessels To And From Canadian Ports Passing Through The Welland Canal - 12th.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1865