The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1897

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The Yacht Races.

At the Kingston yacht club house great disappointment was felt on account of the roughness of the water, which precluded the possibility of holding any of the aquatic sports except the yacht race.

For the yacht race there were three entries - Norma, owned by commodore F. Strange; Chickadee, owned by H. Cunningham, and Hustler, owned by J. Macnee. The course was a triangular one, starting at the buoy opposite the city park, stretching to the buoy at the water works intake pipe, and thence to the Myles' shoal buoy, a distance of two miles and one-half. The yachts sailed twice around the course.

The start, at 3:09 1/2, was a very pretty one, the three boats getting over the line within the fraction of a second of one another. The Chickadee had the advantage at first, but the Norma passed her as the line was reached and improved her advantage thenceforward. The boats passed the first buoy in the following order: Norma, Chickadee, Hustler, just four minutes after the starting gun was fired. After passing the first buoy the Hustler lost ground, and the Norma held her own bravely, Chickadee maintaining her place between them. No change had been made in the order of the procession when the second buoy was passed eleven minutes and a half after the start. The Norma rounded the home buoy, on the first round, at 3:25; Chickadee, 3:27 1/2; Hustler, 3:29 1/2.

On the second round the order of procession was maintained, the Norma increasing her lead and passing the home buoy three-quarters of a minute ahead of the Chickadee at 3:41 1/2; Chickadee passed at 3:45 1/2, and Hustler at 3:48.

Dr. Allan Black acted as starter and George Sears as referee.

The other events were postponed until a later date.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1897