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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jul 1909

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Over The Crescent Was Sensational.

There have been a number of very close yacht races in Kingston harbor during the past fifty years, but it is doubtful if such a full speed finish as that between the Kathleen, of Kingston, and the Crescent, of Watertown, on Saturday afternoon, when the Kingston boat won by half a jib-boom length, was ever equalled. It was a great race between these two rival yachts throughout the course, but when they came about after their long tack up the Wolfe Island shore, and raced almost side by side for home, the contest grew sensational. Henry Cunningham, the veteran Kingston yachtsman, who held the tiller of the Kathleen, played for the windward position and won it. The Crescent's helmsman, Judge Reeves, tried hard to head off the Kathleen, but Skipper Cunningham hung right to the Watertown boat and would not give way an inch. The Kathleen was a trifle behind when 300 yards from the home buoy, but her windward position enabled her to gradually come up and get about five feet of an overlap on the Crescent. Hence the latter could not cross the bow of the Kathleen, and had to give the latter the buoy, and allow her to swing around over the line. It was this position that Skipper Cunningham had played for, and his clever manoeuvring won the position which he desired.

All the Kathleen had to do was to defeat the Crescent in this race. Had the positions been reversed, with Crescent second, there would have been a tie among the three boats, as each would have had six points.

Mrs. Hugh Osler, of Winnipeg, (formerly Miss Kathleen Harty) after whom the Kathleen is named, arrived at the Yacht Club just as the race finished and was delighted over the victory of the yacht she christened two years ago.

Each of the three contestants for the George cup, which the Kathleen retains, secured a first place, the Crescent winning the first day, the Kathleen the second, and the Whirl the third. The Kathleen, however, won two seconds, and that retained for her the possession of the cup.

Aemilius Jarvis went out in the Whirl on Saturday to do or die. He was bound to trim the Kingston and Watertown boats and succeeded, as both wind and wave were to the Whirl's particular liking. The Toronto boat's bow differs from that of the Kathleen and also the Crescent. It hits a sea and bounds ahead, while the Kathleen and Crescent bob up and down to a greater extent. Hence the Whirl sails more rapidly in a sea. However, the Toronto boat would not have beaten either of the others by as much as five minutes on Saturday had the contest been of a little different character. The Kathleen nd Crescent ran nearly half a mile further than the Whirl owing owing to the keen fight between the two, and the desire of each to hold right on to the other. The Whirl's lead would have been cut down a minute or more.

The Watertown and Toronto boats cleared for home on Saturday afternoon, after three days' visit.

George Cup Winners

The summary of the previous races for the George cup is as follows:


July 25th - At Glen Island, Crescent 1:27; Kathleen 1:29:30; Little Nell 131.28.

July 27th - At Kingston, Crescent, 2:34:25; Kathleen, 2:35:35.


August 14th - At Chaumont, Kathleen, @:19:55; Crescent, 2:24:36.

August 15th - At Chaumont, Kathleen, 2:37:07; Crescent, 2:39:57.

Whirl's Entry Welcomed.

[Toronto Telegram]

This is the third contest for the George cup. It was sailed for first at Picton in 1907, and won by Crescent against Kathleen and Little Nell. Last year Kathleen won the cup from Crescent at Chaumont Bay. The conditions insist on the challenge for the cup coming from a foreign club, but once it is challenged for all the lake yacht clubs are allowed to send one boat each. That is how Whirl's entry was acceptable. Judge Reeves, to whom much of the credit for the success of this new international trophy is due, is greatly pleased at securing a contestant from the west end of the lake. He likes to see the cup travel.

The contesting boats are shippy little craft that will put up a good race under all sorts of conditions. They are in class R. universal rule, which being interpreted, means two classes ? smaller than the last Canada's cup boats.

Toronto Telegram's Expert.

C.H.J. Snider, the Toronto Telegram's yachting writer, has been here for the George cup races, and furnishes his paper with excellent reports. Mr. Snider is a keen yachtsman himself. He, alone of all the Toronto writers, took the side of the Rochester, N.Y. yacht club in regard to the Yankee club's claim that the Seneca should again be allowed to compete in the Canada's cup races. There was a stormy discussion over this matter. Mr. Snider held that the Seneca should not be barred.

A Libel On Our Henry.

But the greatest contrast with the expected in these racing skippers is in Henry Cunningham, who sails the Kathleen for her owner, Henry Richardson. Looking at his battered felt hat, his comfortable everyday clothes, his white shirt sleeves that make his fighting costume, you might guess he was a farmer, and his ruddy face, white whiskers, and slightly bent form would combine to keep you in that impression - not a mean, hard-fisted grubber of the soil, you would say, but a mellow, genial Old Man Ontario, who has cleared off the mortgage long ago, married his sons and daugthers well, and placed them on good farms, and is now enjoying the evening of life on the old homestead.

If you noticed the loose gloves he wore you might think of harvest mitts. You would hardly believe anybody who told you he was a piano tuner by profession, and you would be equally surprised to learn he was the best amateur skipper in Kingston parts - but he is.

With what is undoubtedly the slowest of the three, he has won five out of six possible points - second in one race and first in another - and stands a good chance of saving the trophy.

He is just as kindly as he looks, is absolutely without boastfulness, thinks Whirl is the best boat - and goes on beating her where possible.

All of which goes to prove what the Old Man has noticed before, that appearances are very deceptive. [Toronto Telegram]



The government boat Speedy is in port.

The tug Hector and barge passed on the way to Oswego.

The schooner Maize cleared for Charlotte, to load coal for the penitentiary.

The steamer Havana arrived from Erie, with coal for the locomotive works.

The steambarge John Randall is loading grain at Richardsons' for Washburn.

The government tug Trudeau, with dredge Sir Richard and scows, cleared for Pickering.

The steamer Haddington entered the government dry dock, today, for repairs. The vessel had her rudder broken when she ran aground near Morrisburg.

M.T. Co.: steamer Kinmount passed Monday, on her way to Montreal; tug Bartlett cleared for Montreal with one grain barge; steamer Bothnia up with cargo of pulpwood for Niagara; steamer Rosemount cleared for Fort William.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jul 1909