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Kimberly, James C. / The history of the Neenah-Nodaway Yacht Club of Neenah, Wisconsin: an account of yacht racing on Lake Winnebago from 1859 to 1957

Chapter 4: The Nodaway Yacht Club is organized,   pp. 35-53

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A                        The W~daway %(acht Club 
                        4  Is Organized 
49N THE spring of 1893, William Z. Stuart of Neenah brought 
the catyawl Yosida to Lake Winnebago from Toledo, Ohio. It 
was a small, single-handed craft, with few pretensions, but as the 
inspiration for the Nodaway Yacht Club it was destined to make 
yachting history on the lake. Easily handled, seaworthy, and only 
about sixteen feet long, it completely captivated him and his 
friends as they sailed it that summer. 
  Before the end of the season the group was seriously discussing 
the organization of a yacht club, a new kind of club in which every 
boat would be built to the same specifications, a suggestion first 
advanced by young Stuart. The aim of a yacht club, as the group 
saw it, was to promote sailing skill and good seamanship. In a race 
of identical yachts the best skipper would win; victory would not 
depend upon the size or build of a boat but upon seamanship. 
Competition for top honors would be keen, and good skippers 
would strive constantly to improve their skill. Members would 
pursue the sport for the sport's sake and the club would prosper. 
It was an exciting idea. 
  William Z. Stuart, John A. Kimberly, Jr., James C. Kimberly, 
Edward P. Sherry, James H. Wright, and Lucius K. Henry, all in 
their twenties, joined together in the enterprise. Some of the 
group were novices in the sport and some were amateur sailors 
who had grown up around the lake. The older ones had followed, 
with more or less interest, Winnebago yacht racing. They knew 
by reputation the Minnie Graves, Albatross, Myra Belle, and Mer- 
maid and may even have witnessed the Marguerite's victory over 
the Minerva. They had also seen outbuilding force spiraling costs 
and inequalities on local racing, and to them the one sure remedy 
for the ailing sport was a fleet made up of identical boats. 
  Though general classes for racing craft had been acknowledged 

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