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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
(1957)

Chapter 6: Rivalry splits the Nodaway Cup,   pp. 66-70 ff.


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CHAPTER 6                   valry .5plits the 
                   6     JAodaway Club 
'BEFORE the new rules of the Winnebago Association could be 
given a trial, the rise of the Inland Lake Yachting Association, 
sponsoring interlake competition, pushed Winnebago rivalries into 
the background. Interlake contests were not new in the Winne- 
bago area, but heretofore they had been confined largely to clubs 
on neighboring lakes and were only sporadic. The Inland Lake 
Association, formed at White Bear Lake in Minnesota on 
August 24, 1897, aimed to broaden the field through a union of 
yacht clubs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Clubs on the 
smaller lakes were quick to realize that membership in the Asso- 
ciation would broaden their schedules and enlarge their battlefield. 
The Green Lake Club that first year presented it with a challenge 
cup for first-class yachts. 
  The Nodaway Club did not join the new organization imme- 
diately because, like the Minnetonka Club, it objected to the pro- 
posed handicap rules. Later, on March 26, 1898, after John A. 
Kimberly, Jr., reported on the second Inland meeting, it voted to 
become a member. 
  The first major concern of the Inland Lake Association was to 
find a boat which would favor no member club. The choice fell on 
a design of the Seawanhaka Club in New York. This yacht was 
similar to those in use in the Northwest but had a shorter waterline 
and a more pronounced belly. Two classes were adopted: first- 
class requirements specified a 20-foot waterline, a sail area of 500 
square feet, and a crew allowance of 600 pounds; second-class, a 
17-foot waterline, a sail area of 350 square feet, and a crew allow- 
ance of 450 pounds. Boats in either class were permitted a four- 
man crew. An open class, with a sail area of 500 square feet, pro- 
vided for the old yachts. 
  At the first Inland regatta, held at White Bear Lake in August, 
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