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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jul 1898

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The Yacht Club House A Scene Of Activity.

Everything augers well of the regatta races, which open tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock on Kingston harbor, the choice of all harbors in the lake circuit. The yachtsmen have been energetic and are now fully prepared for the contests of the white-winged water birds. The number of yachts entering the races will reach at least thirty, and the fastest and prettiest crafts identified with the L.Y.R.A. are here to look after honors, and they are handled by a jovial set of fellows, who find the height of pleasure in this sport of sports: Hamilton, Toronto, Oakville, Oswego, Rochester and Charlotte are well represented. The Americans have fast yachts, and in the twenty-two class expect to outsail the Canadian boats. The owner of the Venus, an Oswego twenty-two footer, is satisfied that his craft will find a leading place. Oswego will also be represented in the twenty-seven class by the Nautilus and the Dolphin, which arrived in port today. The Charlotte boats will appear in the twenty-two and twenty-seven classes, the Pedro entering the former, and it is expected that she will make a hot race with the Venus.

Today the course was gone over and the buoys placed by the committee in charge, accompanied by W.Q. Phillips, the association officer. Also the boats were lined up in front of the club house to be measured and numbered.

Among the yachts which arrived last evening and today are: Nautilus, of Oswego, a twenty-seven footer, owned and sailed by W. Coad; Dolphin, from the same place and in the same class, owned by J. Parker; Pedro, from Charlotte sailing in the twenty-two class, and owned by W. Miller; Knox, of Charlotte, thirty-two class, F. Miller.

The famous first-class yacht, Canada, sailed by G. Gooderham, Toronto, also arrived yesterday. This is the boat which won the international cup from the Americans last year, and in her race tomorrow morning she will have four or five in her company.

The Euroclydon comes from the Victoria yacht club, Hamilton, is owned and sailed by the Rev. C.E. Whitcombe, an enthusiastic yachtsman. She will enter the twenty-two class race. J. Cuttress and Mr. Allison will assist in handling her.

The twenty-seven footers will have a hot contest, and will probably make the most interesting race of the series. The Verona, of Hamilton, reached here yesterday, and is ready to do fast work. The Verona, handled by J. Weir, outsailed the Hamilton boats easily last Saturday, and on Monday she will meet the Kestrel, the yacht she was built to beat. In the same race will appear the Hiawatha, of Hamilton, which outsailed everything in her class on Lake Erie two years ago. The Hiawatha's crew include Capt. W. Burnside, W. Robb, G. Wark, P. Cullen, E.P. Burkholder and J. Edmonstone.

The Venus will be manned by Capt. C. Smith, L.W. Hart, G. Powell and J. Otis. She is a new craft, built last winter, and made the best time of any of the Oswego or Charlotte boats in a race on July 4th. Her owner expects much from her.

Echoes Of The Breeze.

H. Cunningham measured the boats today.

C.H. Snyder, of the Toronto Telegram, will represent that paper at the races.

The first class, thirty-two-foot class and twenty-two-foot class will sail tomorrow.

Visiting yachtsmen speak highly of the Kingston harbor, both from a sailing standpoint and for its scenic beauty.

In addition to the programme of entertainment already noted, the local yacht club will entertain the visiting yachtsmen at a smoking concert on Monday night.

Among the spectators' yachts will be the Cinderella, the famous Katie Gray, owned by J. Phillips, Oswego, and the Papoose, owned by the Oswego millionaire, J.T. Mott.

W.Q. Phillips, Toronto, the official representative of the lake yacht racing association, arrived in the city yesterday to arrange for the races. Today he assisted in laying the buoys and watched the measurements taken. Mr. Phillips is the best known yachtsman in the association, and is very popular.

The regular weekly dance at the club house last evening was largely attended, many of the visiting yachtsmen being present. A general invitation was extended to the visitors. Miss Daunt presided at the piano in her usual clever style, and rendered an excellent programme. Dancing was continued a little later than usual on account of the many visitors.

There is a slight misunderstanding among some of the yachtsmen regarding the twenty-two foot knockabout class. The impression has gone abroad that any twenty-two-footer can enter the knockabout class but that is not the case. The latter class was provided solely for those who have twenty-two foot cruisers, and who would have very little show with the twenty-two-foot racers.

The sloop Pilot cleared port yesterday for the Bay of Quinte to load grain for Richardson's elevator.



The tug Thomson left for Montreal this morning with two barges grain-laden.

The schooner Acacia with coal from Oswego is discharging at Crawford's wharf.

The tug James A. Walker left for Montreal last evening with six grain-laden barges.

The schooner Kate with coal for J. Richardson & Sons arrived from Oswego this morning.

The steamer Bohemian from Toronto, and the Spartan from Montreal touched at Swift's wharf today.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa from Fort William with 100,000 bushels of wheat arrived in port this morning.

The steamer Algerian, which broke her paddle wheel in the Cornwall Canal last week, recommenced her regular trips yesterday.

The M.T. company's barge Colborne left the government dry-dock today and the tug Active and barge McCarthy entered for repairs.

Called at Swift's wharf today: Steamer Algerian, Montreal to Toronto; steamer Spartan, Toronto to Montreal; steamer Arundell, Alexandria Bay to Charlotte.

The steamer Columbian left this morning for Alexandria Bay and at noon returned with a large excursion party, leaving again for river points at three o'clock.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, July 20th - Down: Steamer Samoa and barge Celtic, Chicago to Prescott, corn; steamer Empire State, Cleveland to Oswego, general cargo; steamer and barge Whitaker, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge Ewen, Chicago to Prescott, corn.

Port Dalhousie, July 20th - Down: Steamer Langdon, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; barge Minnedosa, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; steamer Denver, Chicago to Oswego, corn; steamer Rosedale, Chicago to Prescott, corn; barge Celtic, Chicago to Prescott, corn.

p.6 The Yachts Entered - list of all yachts entered in six classes for regatta.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jul 1898