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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 9: A new generation sails the A fleet,   pp. 99-108


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CHAPTER           CC     a   cfAew   generation 
             9           ,ails the A qleet 
tNEENAH-NODAWAY'S skippers, undismayed by the 
buffeting they had just received from wind and water at the Inland 
regatta, or even by their failure to place, returned home deter- 
mined to get back into the contest. At the annual meeting in the 
fall of 1921, the following officers were elected: Will Davis, com- 
modore; Frank Shattuck, vice commodore; Jack Kimberly, secre- 
tary-treasurer; and John D. (Jack) Babcock, Bill Kellett, and 
Stewart Thompson, regatta committee. To stimulate interest and 
bring the club back to a sailboat racing club, Frank Shattuck sug- 
gested that races be conducted between Neenah and Oshkosh the 
next season with cups as awards. As a result an ambitious program 
was laid out for 1922. Six or eight races were scheduled between 
the two clubs for July and four for the Oshkosh regatta in August, 
all prior to the Inland event which that year was to be held on 
Lake Geneva. 
  During the early summer of 1922, Will Davis and Frank Shat- 
tuck equipped Eileen and Onaway II with the new Marconi rig. The 
first Marconi rig in the area had appeared about 1920 on Pine Lake 
yachts and at the same time some of the Minnetonka craft had 
changed to a high-gaff rig. Owners elsewhere in the region were 
fast falling in fine, and racing during the 1922 season found first 
one boat and then another out of the sport for the change-over. 
Faith was so equipped in the 1921 Inland contest and yachtsmen 
felt that part of her success was due to the new gear. 
  In July the Oshkosh fleet-Faith, Commodore, Marsh Turkey, 
Golpiador, and Bat--offered the Neenah trio more competition 
than they were prepared to meet. Alterations in Eileen's rigging 
kept her out of the races until near the end of the month. ]erry, 
skippered by Jack Kimberly, and Onaway II, with Leo Schubart, 
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