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Thousands of New Yorkers "Skim the Briny" Aboard Their Own Fleet Craft
There Are in and About This
City 110 Yacht Clubs and
Some of the Finest Such
THOUSANDS of yachtsmen belonging
to clubs located both upon the
1'aclfic and the Atlantlc co&st. aa
well aa on the shores of the Qreat
Lakes. and on many other Inland waters,
are now enjoylng, what wlll undoubt. dly
go on record as the most brilliant season
?it racing and cruislng ln the history of
the sport ln American waters.
Yachtsmen the world over, who have
vlMted thls port, agree that the various
rourses lald out ln New York Harbor, and
tspeclally those ln Long Island Sound,
offer exceptlonal facilitles for the racing
sf large and small yachts and motor
boats. It ls Uttle wonder, therefore, that
there are, to-day, wlthln a Uttle over an
hour's ride from thls city, one hundred
tnd ten yacht clubs, most of whlch went
ln commlsslon for the season on or be?
fore Memorlal Day. Since that time a
flozen of the largest clubs have salled
their annual regattas, and all of them
have had races of some sort on rlver, bay
Enrolled ln these clubs are. approxl
mately, 10,000 mernbers, of which abnut
1,000 are yacht owners who. deliKht I"
racing or cruislng during the four montha
flevoted to the sport. The New York
Yacht Club, the premier yachting organ
Ization In the Unlted States, ha-s a mem
bershlp of 2,348, and has enrolled ln Ita
fieet 616 yachts, whlch lnclude the most
costly pleasure craft afloat. Other local
clubs, wlth a large membership, and
having many yachts that fly their pcn
nants, are the I.archmont. the Seawan
haka-Corinthian, the Atlantic, the Man
hasset Bay. the Indlan Harbor, the New
Rocheile, the American and the National
(formerly the Brooklyn).
Although tho advent of the motorboat
ln such great numbers may have created,
among some person?, the impression that
these useful and speedy craft are sup
plantlng the sail craft and reduclng In?
terest ln racing, there ls no foundatlon
ln fact for such bellef. One of the best
Blgns that the racing of schooners and
sloops, and even catboats. ls not on the
wane ls the lncrease ln the number of
one design, and other boats and of araa
teur skipperi and crews.
Men worth milllons may be seen on
race days, often wet to the skin at the
helmB of thelr respective yachts, battltng
for the weather berth at the starting line,
and flghtlng from start to flnish for the
lead ln thelr class. J. P. Morgan, Jr.,
who owns three small yachts of the one
design class, may be seen any race day
at the tiller of his thirty-footer Phryne,
one of the fastest of the New York Yacht
Club's fleet. whlch he has skilfully gulded
to victory more than once.
Cornellua Vanderbllt, former commo
dore of the New York Yacht Club, ls
another of the best amateur skippers.
tlls splendld nerve and good Judgment,
HVE OP THE NEW YOUK YACHT CLU&V. "THIRJIE9 - 9TAMTING
Aft -to Kgki ' 'PhMYnV 'CAPWCt' TlOWDY 'OKtE "CAR.UTA"
IN A FlACE..
their dalntlest Bummer gowna, whUeO
llatening to e mllltary i and, watch the
aporta from th.- club lawn. In the even
lng there ls alwayi a ball ln the club*
bouee, aml the grounda are lllumlnated.
The cruise of the New York Yacht t'lub
for Ull promleea to be full of Intereal and
thoroughly enjoyablo to those fortunate
enottgh to partldpate ln lt. The rendex
vous wlll bo. at Olen Cove on the after
noon of Augu*t 7, and tbe flr?t aquadron
run will be on the foiiowing day to
SmlthtOWO Pay. where the raeefl for tie
i.lstorlc Owi and Qame Cock colora a
to be rowed hy the boat erewa from the
vari.ous yachta in tho fleet. On Prlder
mornlng the atart will bl for New U<:.
don, and on Pntur.lay for Newport. where
the fleet will He at anchor over Bunday.
On Monday the fourih aquadron run wlll
be to Vlneyard Haven, returnmg to New?
port the foiiowing day.
Ever thoughtful of tho Interests of his
favorlte sport nnd of the preeedent es
tabllahed In 1H2 by Ogden Ooelet, I
late John Jacob Aator, by a cla iac ln his
win. get aalde, as an annuai glfl to the
New Y'ork Y'ncht Cluh. tho sum of 11.500
with which to purchaae the Aator '??n
Q,000 for achoonera and BJO0 for sloop
And so on YVcdnesdny, Auguat 14, the
races for those tropblea, which he tir:-t
offerOd ln 1SJ?9. Wlll take place as usual, :
the start belng made from the old yel-j
I ai inr?DA )v
N. Y Y C
Trlt t^CrlArTrREr^-C^l^ED.BY'V/.LLlAN E. IfELIK . N.YYC.
fliBplayed. whlle at the wheel of hls hlg<?
aloop Aurora, has brought her home a
wlnner many tlmes ln every season.
llarold S. Vanderbllt, vlce-commodore of
the Seawanhaka-Corinthlan Yacht club,
has become qulte proficient as sklpper of
hls Bchooner Vagrant.
Oeorge M. Pynchon, the banker, Is an
expert helmsman, as many can testlfy I
who have seen hlm handlo hls blg s-loop, j
Istalene, ln a tight place at the start. j
Kalph N. Kllls, who was master of the
hounds at Meadowbrook, ls another clcvcr
amateur akipper, who often sends hls
"thlrty" Caprlce across the flnlsh Uno
flrst ln a race with that popular class. In :
dass "P", Commodcre Wllliam H. |
Chllds, of the Indlan Harbor Yacht Club, j
ls known as a skilfull helmsman, when
at the tlller of his sloop Joyant.
Tjocal yachtsmen asree that, from a
racing standpoint, the most lmportant aml
at the same time the most enjoyahk
aerles of contests ln these waters ls em
braced ln "race week" at tho Larchmont
Yacht Club. Thls year it began on July
20 and will end on July 27. Taking re
cent years as a crlterlon, it ls pretty safo
to say that in the slx days of racing for
aall craft at least 760 yachts wlll start;
that ls, an average of 125 starters each
To the layman the full slgnificance of
this statement may not be apparenL lt
is a fact, however, that some 3,750 men
are requlred to man thls great fleet of
yachts, or about 626 men each day. Moie
than half of these-those who handle the
boats In the smaller classes?are ama
teurs; so as some twenty dlfferent clubs
aend boats to compete in these opeti
races, and supposlng that the, family of
each man salllng in them conslsts of flve
peiBons. each of whom ls more or lesa
Interested ln the outcome of that par
tlcular race, lt naturally follows that
some thlrty thouaand persons have a di?
reet or Indlrect Interest in the yachts
that compete for the handsomo prlzes
whlch are annually offered by thls popu?
On Tueeday of "race week" the motor
boats of the club have their contests, and
to entertaln the falr aex It ls made a sort
of fete day, wlth water sports, such as
ewlmming matcheB, fancy divlng, canoc
races and the Uke, whlle the women. in
Tht 'NX/llsirOME "- t>5 fOOT Vloop
OWNED DY tDWIN TROWOntDuE. tlAU NYYC
lOW llghtshlp marking Brenton's Rerf.
Colonel Astor's rson, Vlncent, wlll prob?
ably wltnesa the races from his own
yacht. On the folltwlng day the race
for the King's Cup wlll take. place ovt-r a
simllar course. W. B. Is.lln's uliooner.
th- Knchantress, won tha KIiik'h ('up ln
lllgh Fpeed motor boat men on both
aldt-s ef the Atlantlc are eagerly lo<klng
forward to the next race for the inttr
natlonal trophy for motor boats, famlllar.
ly known as the Harinswi rth (*up. which
wus sucissfully deftnded last year by
tha i?ixie iv. At least aavea hoats have
been hwHt this year to enter the ellmlna
tlon raoas. which begln on August 'X on
Huntington Bay, to select three defend
ers of tho trophy now held by the Motor
Boat Club of Amerlca An equal number
The * Dahinoa' owncd dy
Ceomqe Emlen aoortvELT SXYC.
of boats has been tonstructed ln Bngland
for thelr ellmlnation races, and those who
ga to liuntlngton Bay on August 31 and
feaptatnbtr 2, the datcs set for the lnter
natlonal contest, may expect to aee all
si.eed record." broken.
It Is almost Invarlably the case that
when those unfamillar wlth yachtlng mat?
ters meet and dlsiiust tho sport ln a per
functory faahlon thelr converBullon aoon
reverts to the questlon, "Why are there no
more Amerlca's Cup racea?" or words to
that effect. The answer from a yachta
man'M vlewpolnt Is slmple enough. II '>??
"because we, or, to be preclse, because
tbe New York Yacht Club, haa recelved
Nine years have elapsed slnce the last
races for that hls'ortc trophy were sailed
?those between Slr Thomas J. Llpton'a
but wlthout any time allowance what
By thls It wlll be seen that any club
quallfled to challcnge for the cup may
bulld a yacht wlthln the llmlt of the
dlmenslons stated in the dced of glft,
whlch are: "Not less than'60 feet nor
more than 90 feet on the load water llne
for vesscls of one mast and not less than
80 feet nor more than 115 feet lf of more
ON THt 9oUND-?
Shamrock III and the Rellance. the New
York Yacht Club's representatlve. which,
llko all the rcst of the Amerhan yachts,
siiccesHfuiiy defeaaed the cnp tirst won by
the old Amerlca ln 1851. That American
', yacht?men and tho puhlic would wel-otne,
at this tlme, a ehallenge for the cup.
there ls no douht, and it lias frequently
', been suggested that a race between
schooner yachts would be espeeially IB
. terestlng, as all the early races for the
cup were between veesels of that rlg, but,
'. aa before state i, tha New York Y'acht
dub can do nothing untll a formal ehal?
lenge ls recelved.
Now, althoagn there haa been a gi od
deal of ftdvera* talk about the attlt hdl
of the club ln deollnlng to raca under the
BO-called old rule of meas.ircment, this
Blgnii'u-ant clause, which forms a part of
the deed of glft which controls COntestS
for the cup, seems to have been l"St Btght
of, It reads: The club challenging for
the cup and the club holdlng the aarae
may, by mutual consent, make any ar
, rangemenl aatlafactory to both as to the
dates. couraea, number of trlals, rules end
saillng regulatlons and any and all other
condttiona of tbe match, in which case
also the ten months1 notJee may be
walved. and these races shall be salled
aubject to Its rule* and afjUlag regula
Uooa so far as the same do not eonfUet
Wlth the prevtatona of this deed of gift,
With the Racing Season Now
Under Way Many a Million
aire May Be Seen at the
Tiller Dashed with Spray.
thnn one mast," and then demand a race
wlthout time allowance, cottiplylng, of
course, wlth the conditions that state that
a certlflcate of the name, rlg, load water
Uno length, bcam at the !oad water llne
and extreme beam and draft of water
must be sent to the challenged club, and
that the challenglng vessel must proceed
under sall, on her own bottom, to the
p'.aco where the contest Is to take place.
After all thls has been done the above
mutual agreement clauae makea It pottl.
hle for elther club to walve certain eon
dltlons?as haa been done ln the past?
and agree upon ulmost any detalls that
wlll lnsure a race by the fastest vesaela
that both natlons can produce, for. after
all. that I? the basls of the splrlt of eom
petltion for thls Intc rnatlonal trophy,
often calk-d the "hlue rll?on of the sea."
M)ich ha? been sald of the hardshlp to
th? challenglng club ln belng obliged to
send Its yacht across the At'.antic, thua
eompaUlng lt to construct her of henvler
matcrlal. There are two reasons why
such statements ar" wlthout foundatloo
in fact. In tlie flrst place there Is no
? reaaen why a Canadian yacht club should
not challenge and bulld Its boat a few
j hundred miles from New York; second
| ly. history sfiows that American yachts,
?.. ilt here to defend the cup, such aa the
Vlghant, have crossed the Atlantic and
' raoed Buttuaafiilly in British waters,
while no serious comp'alnt haa ever been
made by Sir Thomas Llpton that any
of hls three Shamrocks was handlcapped
by having to cross the ocean. So, as the
"Fleld," of London, sald ln a recent ls
sue. "It ls obvlous that the situation
could he solved wlthout further ado by
Sir Thomas Llpton forwarding hls chal?
One of the most lnterestlng matches ot
the season so far was the sertes of three
races for the Manhasset Bay challenge
cup, sailed on Long Island Sound under
the directlon of a speclal commlttee made
up of Charles Lane Poor. representlng the
American Yacht Club, the holder of the
cup; Robert W. Emmons. 2d, representlnt;
the S. awanhaka Corlnthlan Yacht Club,
and George A. Cormack, of the New York
Yacht Club, acting as umplre The Sea
wanhaka Corlnthlan Yacht nub, the ortg
Inal challenger, had, as Its challenglng
yacht the Corlnthlan, owned by Howard
C Smlth. The slx other clubs that tent
eballengea were the Chlcago Yacht Club,
thf Larchmont Yacht Club. the Indlan
flurhor Yacht Club. the BosU n ar.d Port
land (Me.i Yacht Club and the rorlnthlaa
facht Club of Marblehead. The three
last named clubs wlthdrew thelr boata.
leavtag only flve to compete. These were
the Cara Mla, the defender of the cup,
American Yacht Club; the Wlniward,
Larchmont: the Mlchlcago. Oueago; the
Tht'Tlena" owNtD oy MORTON E Plant N.YYC.
ijoyaat Indian Harbor. ard the Corla
thian, Beawaahaka Corinthlan.
The races were salled on Ji ne 24. 25 an
26 ln Ught, but falrly steady 1 reer.es TM
Chlcago Yacht ciub's repreeentathraj tw
Mteblcago, won the hrst contest, and s*
was second in the second race, arlvlng h?r
nlno polnts. The Joyant. of the Indian
Harbor Yacht Club, won the second rac*
by which she also won nine polnts. -
thlrd tace was won by the C.ira Mla, bo
the MichlcaKo. elthough tltilshlm? fourth
was able to idd two polnts to her scor*
maklng eleven in all. which gave her tW
cup. The polnts won by the other oo*w
were as follows; The Joyant. 10; the CH?
Mla. 10; the Windward. I; the c,?rinth'^
6. It ls understood that one of the loe*>
clubs here wlll challenge for the cup. a*
that several boats will be butlt next *Ur
ter to attempt to bring the trophy 0?*
to these waters.
Although the elsht llttle sehoonert tM
form the "8. B." class have been referrw
to as "toya." they have furnlshed lo-f^
sport for thelr owners ln the nine ra
they have Btarted In up to July <
DaffodU. owned by A. H. Morrls. has*?
flve: the Wandalla. two, and the ?oir"
and the Hclen II. one aaCB.
The nearest approach to an oceati con?
test so far this season by a local ci
was the New York Athletle Clubs ?*?
and motor boat beach race of 100 mliea
Block Island. Twelve sloop yachts *
flve motor boata started ln this raaaj
H. Stoddird's sloop tho Amada and,;^
H. E. Wallaee'a motor boat the Taw
were the winners. The motor boat raj
to nermuda is to start from Phlladelpnj
this vcar on July 27. The chief prhja
a 11.000 cup offered by James Oordcn B*aj
A notable performance In May WBB t
past-age across the Atlantle of the thr W
nasted sehooner yacht Karlna, o*n
and navlgated by Robert B. Tod. forn**
eommodore of the Atlantle Yacht M
Wlth Ught Wlnda most of the way. *
Karina covered the dlstance of 3.240 ??
from Ambrose Channel Ughtshlp to tfl?
Lizard Ught In 15 days 19 hours 24 ?R
utes. The log shows that the best day
run waa 302 mllea and that the *v',r*V
speed for tho dlstance was ?.?5 *&*