The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 3, 1877

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p.2 Dominion Day - The Yacht Races

The yachting in the harbour was the centre of attraction yesterday, and there was a very large crowd on Swift's dock to witness the races. The starters were the Kathleen and Katie Gray, of Belleville, and the Zitella, Emma and Laura, of Kingston. There was a fine breeze blowing all day, and the race gave every satisfaction. The start was made in the following order: -

H. M. S.

Zitella 10 17 30

Katie Gray 10 17 45

Laura 10 17 45

Emma 10 18 00

Kathleen 10 18 30

A flying start was made, and away the boats careered for a buoy at the foot of Garden Island. The Zitella kept the lead all the way, and on the return to the starting buoy she rounded about four minutes ahead, the Emma being second and the Kathleen about half a minute behind her. The Gray and Laura were nowhere. On the tack to the Penitentiary buoy the Zitella kept the lead, and so on to the buoy off Four Mile Point. The same course was gone over again, and the race was virtually between the Kathleen and Zitella, and coming down on the home stretch it was neck and neck. Ultimately, owing to the Zitella losing her gaff-topsail by her topmast breaking off, the Kathleen won the race by a minute and a quarter, the Zitella taking second money. The following is the time taken of the arrival at the winning buoy:-

H. M. S.

Kathleen 2 34 15

Zitella 2 34 30

Katie Gray 2 42 00

The time of the other boats was not taken. The race was closely contested. We have not heard who sailed the winning boat; Mr. Henry Cunningham sailed the Zitella, and Captain Alex. Cuthbert the Katie Gray. Betting was pretty lively, and we heard of one Belleville gentleman laying money on the Katie Gray beating the three Kingston boats. When the accident happened which disabled the Zitella she was a mile ahead and gaining rapidly, but she had to proceed on the race carrying only her mainsail and staysail, while the Kathleen have every stitch up. There could be no doubt to those who witnessed the race that the Zitella could easily have outstripped her successful competitor but for the loss of her topmast.

The second-class race brought out two boats at the start, and a third entered some ten minutes after. The race was between the Thistle and the Crazy Jane, and was well contested, the former winning by a short distance. The course was the first round of the big boats.

The canoe race was very interesting, and four of these small craft entered. Mr. Kirkpatrick's Saint, Mr. Wilson's Snoozer, Mr. Cartwright's Humbug, and Mr. Birkett's Rob-Roy, the latter sailed by Mr. Hubbell. The course was once round Garden Island, and the paddles were only to be used for steering, the boats carrying as much sail as they liked. Mr. Kirkpatrick was the winner.

Everything went off satisfactorily. The Mayor and Messrs. J. Wilson and Oldrieve were the Sailing Committee, Mr. Wilson also acting as starter. The day's sport was much enjoyed, and quite a number of persons went out on the steamer Flight to witness the race.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 3, 1877