July 1921 – Edison Club Bulletin


  • July 1921 – The Edison Club Bulletin (Vol. VIII, No. 7)


One of the leading annual events in the canoe world took place Saturday, June 25th, on the waters of Huddle Bay, Lake George, when racing teams from the Atlantic, Eastern, Central and Delaware-Chesapeake divisions of the American Canoe Association met in the largest regatta ever held aside from the annual national race at Sugar Island in the St. Lawrence River. The regatta was held under the auspices of the Edison Club of Schenectady which also entered the largest competing team. Other teams appeared from the Washington Canoe Club of Washington, DC, Knickerbocker Canoe Club and Wehnona Canoe Club of New York, Worcester Athletic Club of Worcester, Mass., Auburndale-Riverside Canoe Association of Auburndale, Mass., Samoset Canoe Club of West Newton, Mass., and the Hawk-Eye Club of Lake George.

Of the 103 points scored I the meet, Edison Club was first with 56 points. Washington, though second with 25 points, carried off five first places with a team of four men. Other clubs scored as follows: Samoset and Wehnona Clubs, 6 points each; Worcester A. C., 5 points; Auburndale-Riverside, 4 points; Hawk-Eye, 1 point.

Officers of the Central Division who organized and directed the meet were: J. W/ Dodge, Schenectady, Vice-Commodore; G. H. P. Stone, Ilion, Rear-Commodore and Chairman of Regatta Committee; R. F. Newell, Schenectady,, Purser and Chairman of Camp Site Committee; H. M. Jalonack, Schenectady, Chairman of Entertainment Committee; and P. Fortin, Schenectady, Chairman of Awards Committee.

Starter: C. W. Fick of Schenectady

  1. S. Drake, Boston, Mass.

Judges: W. J. Hunter, New York City

Com. H. M. Schwartz, Ilion, N.Y.

Clerk of the Course: F. Garrison

Announcer: H. M. Jalonack

More than sixty men entered the races and having been chosen from the winners of earlier club regattas represented the pick of talent I the eastern United States. Participants commenced arriving several days before the meet and went into camp on the shores of Huddle Bay. A section of the camp known as Squaw Point was devoted to lady guests. Large numbers of guests were entertained in the summer homes and camps of J. S. Apperson, G. H. Roosevelt, H. S. Dalton and H. L. Kline. Many entrants brought their own camp equipment.

Races started on scheduled time at 10 A.M., Saturday, with weather conditions perfect. A fresh breeze which sprang up in the early afternoon caused a postponement of several events until evening. The sailing race scheduled for Sunday morning had to be abandoned owing to the absence of wind at that time.

All events were interesting, due to the large number of entries and the close competition afforded by well trained teams.

The tilting event was exceptionally interesting, more than a dozen teams providing amusement for a numerous crowd of spectators. The winner, E. H. Horstkotte, of the Edison Club, is an old hand with the padded pole.

The club fours, singles and double bladed races, were the most spectacular of the events, all clubs being represented by veterans who pressed the winners closely.

Saturday evening, over two hundred contestants and visitors assembled about a large campfire and awards were made at this time. Handsome silver loving cups were presented for all first [places save in the tilting contest and canoe exchange race where thermos bottles and racing paddles were awarded. A.C.A. pennants were awarded individually for second places.

The annual meeting and election of officers of the Central Division was held Sunday morning, June 26, at 11 o’clock, at Headquarters Camp. Two Edison Club members were elected for the coming year and will take office October 1, 1921; E.M. Thomas was chosen for Vice-Commodore and F. Garrison for Purser.

On Sunday afternoon the canoeists and guests assembled in their craft at the base of a huge rock at Crosby-Side near the south end of the lake where a bronze tablet in the shape of an Indian arrowhead was dedicated in commemoration of the founding at this spot of the Association in 1880.

Results of the races on Saturday were as follows:

Event 1 – Open canoe sailing race was not held

Event 2 – Junior Racing class, one man, single blade, 1-2 miles. Won by Walton, Washington Canoe club.

Event 3…etc.