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The Real History of Bill Kellet's A Scow "Winnefox"


Bill Kellett, past Commodore of both the NNYC and the ILYA, sailed A Scows from the 1940's and into at least the 1950's.  I know he was sailing a keelboat in the 1980's and 1990's, as I saw his Winnefox sail down the river a number of times.

The earliest A Scow I find Kellett sailing is the "Shadow II" (I believe this may have been a Kimberly boat); subsequently "Winnebago and followed by "Last Chance  - Kellett believed it to be his "last chance" for an ILYA title and in which he won the ILYA A Championship both in 1951 and 1953.

Kellett purchased a new A Scow from Johnson Boat Works in 1957 and named her Winnefox.  He continued to race locally and in the ILYA Regattas with this boat until 1961, when he sold the scow to Eddie Zinn of Madison with the provision to re-name the boat. 

From here the story gets better as it is told by scow guru, Willie Crear. If you want to learn the history of an A Scow from new to racing the Chicago to Mackinac and eventually ending up in France check out "Bill Kellett's A Scow Winnefox."  Click on any of the thumbnail images below to see a larger version.

Doug Hatch- NNYC Historian and treasurer

A Scows all named with a "fox" at the 1961 ILYA RegattaEddie Zinn's "Zinnefox""Zinnefox" upset"Zinnefox" really upset

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As a former resident of Oshkosh, WI scow sailor & lifelong sailor there is something about a scow that always catches my eye.
Earlier in December 2015 (this month) I attended the Paris Boat show and saw the 58 year old "Winnefox" gleaming among all of her young modern sisters she was quite a site.
Would you like a could of pics I took of her, if so let me know what email address to send them to...
Jeff Erdmann - Denison Yacht Sales
Fort Lauderdale Florida

December 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Erdmann

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