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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1871

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p.2 Yacht Race - A match race between the yachts Dauntless (of Quebec build) and Ina (of American build) for a wager of $100 was appointed for this morning. The race was understood to be a windward sail of fifty miles, starting from a buoy in Kingston harbour, and proceeding into the lake to round Pigeon Island, one of the southern islands of Lake Ontario, and return. The start was at 10:40, but the Quebec boat seemed to our reporter to have a lot of land-lubbers aboard, for while the American yacht got the lead from this failing on the part of the Quebec yachtsmen, the American crew had everything snug and "laid low," as yachtsmen should do; on the contrary, the Quebec men, by their remission in looking after their sails and the security of the fastenings, gave their opponent an advantage, which may possibly win for them the race. Immediately after starting the jib of the Dauntless puckered up from the pressure of the wind, and showed that the connection of the jib with the jib-boom had been severed. To a yachtsman, this should be considered an unfortunate occurrence; but as blundering is a part of war as well as yachting, the blunderer should, as a matter of course, lose, unless superior qualities should overcome the remissness. The wind was northerly, and consequently favourable to a completion of the race without the necessity of tacking otherwise than rounding the island. The race finished by the Ina coming in about 2 o'clock, 8 1/2 minutes ahead of her opponent. It is reported that the Dauntless carried away her balloon jib four times and sprung her topmast. This assertion may be true, but as the Dauntless did not show anything like balloon jibbing or topmast going out, the fact may be accepted with a grain of salt. At any rate the Dauntless was beaten, and the race a short one as to time.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1871