The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 27, 1867

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The Regatta, one of the accessories of the Exhibition, was fixed for today (Friday) and a finer or more favorable day could not have dawned. The sun came out gloriously, and a favorable southwest breeze sprung up, presaging just such weather as could have been hoped for. Every preparation for the event had been made by the committee. Arrangements were entered into to have the steamer Bay of Quinte leave Kinghorn's wharf at eleven and half-past twelve, for the purpose of accompanying the yachts which were to leave their moorings at half-past ten, and also to give persons desirous of following up and thoroughly seeing the race an opportunity of doing so pleasantly. The following are the officers, stewards and committees connected with the Regatta, and on whom has devolved the duty of inaugurating and carrying it through:

Commodore of the day, Mr. C.F. Gildersleeve; Stewards, Colonel Gibbon, C.B., Mr. John Carruthers, Mr. Thomas Kirkpatrick, M.P., Colonel Moffatt and Lieutenant McGill, R.C.R., the Mayor, the Recorder, Mr. A.C. Leckie; committee of management: A.C. Leckie, Esq, Judge Draper, James Falconer, Esq., W.R. Mingaye, Esq., John McKelvey, Esq., G.A. Kirkpatrick, Esq., A.M. Brown, Esq., Lieut. Gordon, R.A., John K. Macaulay, Esq., R.W. Barrow, Esq., sailing committee: James Falconer, Esq., R.T. Walkem, Esq., Alexander Phillips, Esq., Measuring committee: W.R. Mingaye, Esq., A.S. Kirkpatrick, Esq., J.P. Gildersleeve, Esq.

The following boats entered for the sailing races:-

1st Class - For all standing-keel and centre-board Yachts over 10 tons. Entrance $10, Prize $150.

The John A. Macdonald, Mr. Harty; Lady Macdonald, Mr. O'Gorman; Gorilla, Mr. Finlay; Iron-clad (the old Rivet), Mr. Elmsley.

2nd Class - For standing keel, centre-board and slip keel Yachts under 10 tons and over 22 feet keel. Entrance $5. Prize $50.

The Lady Macdonald; the Alexander, Mr. Henry; the Lennox, Mr. Cook; and the Water Lily, Mr. O'Gorman.

These boats were known by their distinguishing flags, and all started. It was after 11 o'clock when the signal for starting was given by the bugle major of the Royal Canadian Rifles, the small cannon which was to have signalled them from the Queen's wharf, having been found somewhat out of order, and could not be used.

The boats went off handsomely (the 1st and 2nd starting together) with the exception of the Iron-clad, which was somewhat delayed in getting under weigh, the Lady Macdonald taking the lead, closely followed by the John A. Macdonald, then the Gorilla, and lastly the Iron-clad, which was the farthest to windward. On turning, off Wolfe Island, at which time the Rivet and Gorilla were still far to leeward and the Lady Macdonald fully a mile farther to windward than any of the others, the Rivet and Gorilla, having turned first, soon shot ahead; shortly after which the positions of the boats could not be seen, owing to a thick haze which partially obscured them from view.

The course was from the Garrison moorings to a buoy off Sampson's Point; thence to Four Mile Point buoy; thence to a buoy off George's barn, leaving Garden Island on the starboard hand; thence to winning buoy and over the same course again. All buoys rounded on the port hand.

The steamer Bay of Quinte did not arrive until half-past twelve, owing to the fog, and the Pierrepont had to be engaged to follow the yachts, with the band of the Royal Canadian Rifles on board.

After a lapse of a little more than half an hour, the third and fourth classes were started together.

3rd Class - For all open boats from 19 to 22 feet keel, Entrance $3. Prize $30. Second, $15, and third $5.

For this class the following boats entered:- The Blue Eyed Maid, Mr. McCorkell; Dominion, Mr. Macaulay; Minnie Fisher, Mr. Fisher; Game Cock, Mr. Crowley; Pride of the Wave, Mr. Cunningham.

4th Class - For all open boats under 19 feet keel. Entrance $3, 1st prize $30, 2nd prize $15, 3rd prize - $5.

For which the following boats entered:-

Electrick, Mr. Adams; Canadian Life, Mr. Jamieson; Blue Eyed Maid; Dominion; Minnie Fisher; Game Cock; Pride of the Wave; and Confederation, Mr. Cockburn.

There was a very high wind blowing all the time, and the boats, as the sequel will show, had a bad time of it.

At the close of the first round the John A. Macdonald 8 1/4 minutes ahead of the second boat the Gorilla, and 14 minutes ahead of the fourth boat Lady Macdonald.

In the 2nd class the Water Lily came in at 2:24,40 and the Lennox at 2:30,40.

A regular chapter of accidents followed this, leading to the third and fourth class matches being protested, and afterwards the first class.

The Canadian Life upset off Sampson's Point, the Dominion being then 20 minutes ahead of her. The latter boat then immediately turned back and rescued the crew of the Canadian Life, and took them into Portsmouth.

The Water Lily sunk at the head of Garden Island, owing to the keel board having been split, and here again the Dominion remained until the crew of the Water Lily was rescued.

Mr. Macaulay at once put in a written protest to the Secretary.

Then again as the John A. Macdonald got off Four Mile Point it was discovered that the buoy was gone; this again will lead to a protest in the first and second class.

Military and Navy Race - From the Queen's wharf round the Hercules at Marine Railway and back, two miles. Four boats entered. Won by the Royal Canadian Rifles' crew in Kitty Clyde; the crew of the Hercules in a very heavy boat, coming in second.

Championship - From Queen's wharf to St. Lawrence wharf and back, twice round. Mr. Smithers and Mr. Allen entered. Smithers came in first on the first round; but in coming on in the second round, Smithers ahead, Mr. Allen's boat broke in two in the centre, and he had to be rescued by a boat near by.

These accidents have deranged the entire regatta.

Skiff Race - Three entries. This race also remains undecided, the judges having protested this time, owing to breach of the rules by one of the rowers, he having rounded the wrong side of the buoy.

A fuller account will be given tomorrow.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 27, 1867