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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 11: The sport on Winnebago fights a decline,   pp. 114-122


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CHAPTER11                The ,5port on 'Winnebago 
                         gights a Decline 
9OR a decade or so after 1926, interclub activity on Winnebago 
rose and fell with the Inland's visits to Neenah. As a result the 
Neenah-Nodaway story during this period centers largely around 
those years when the club was host to the Inland fleet. In the early 
1930's a country-wide business depression dealt the sport a body 
blow and every club in the region curtailed its program. But in 
spite of all handicaps, Neenah-Nodaway continued to grow. The 
new Inland models-the E Class scow, the Cub, the X boat- 
gradually drew new sailors into the sport and new craft into the 
fleet, and by 1937 a renascence was in the making. 
  At the very beginning of the period, Neenah sailors in occa- 
sional bouts continued to sharpen their skill against the superior 
seamanship of John D. Buckstaff. Competition now was between 
crews, not clubs as in the preceding season. In 1926, Carl Steiger 
in Deltox III again relieved Buckstaff of the Felker Cup, but Buck- 
staff, sailing the new Haywire, more than evened the score by 
winning the Green Lake challenge trophy at Pewaukee and the 
Inland championship at Oshkosh. Neenah-Nodaway yachts placed 
near the top in these two regattas. Onaway IV, skippered by Frank 
Shattuck, finished just behind the leader in two races at Pewaukee, 
and Jack Kimberly sailed Shadow into third place at the Inland 
meet. 
  In later Winnebago contests, held only very occasionally, 
Smilin' Through, Silhouette, and Dad D replaced Onaway IV, 
Shadow, and Aderyn III. At Oshkosh, Independence succeeded Hay- 
wire. 
  At the annual meeting of the Inland Association in 1926, Neenah 
was given the Inland regatta for 1927. Preparations for the event 
were in the hands of Jack Kimberly, Neenah-Nodaway's commo- 
dore. 
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