The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1913. AKAROA REGATTA.
The action of tbe Akaroa Regatta Committee in holding this fixture on Anniversary Day if at all possible appears only reasonable. It ia a thousand pities to dislocate these events, and in the face of our local rowing club having few if any crews to enter tbe inference might be that it waa a very unsporting action on behaif of the Regatta Committee offi ciol?, toost of whom aro connected wHb tbo Akaroa Boating Club. There is no doubt that the Akaroa Boatirg Olnb has been an excellent institution, .^^L^^jt-kaA-AMifl.. mimh tat the Akaroa
pbygiqae. It has also boon the means of bringing a number of championships to Akaroa, and has advertised the place better than any other club, aa pointed out by Mr J. R. Newton at tbe last Borough Council meeting. Still, with all duo respect to the Akaroa Boating Club, the Akaroa Regatta must regard tho club simply as one of the contestants; in the row ing races, Time was in the early days of the Akaroa Regatta, when the rowing was a very smalt thing on the programme. In those days the yacht ing and sailing races were the chief events, and yachts cp»me here from all parts of New Zealand, The grand sport of sailing has revived again here, thanks mainly to the energy of Mr L J. Vaugioni, and (she sailing race is a fixed event in the Akaroa Regatta programme. It is to be hoped the Aka roa Boating Club will bo able to enter j some crews on December 16th, and can come first past the post in some of tho events; but it is clearly the duty of tbe Regatta officials to treat the club merely as'one of the cluba taking part in the i-owing events. Mr Leete stated at one of the Akaroa Borough Council meetings tbat it was mainly through the endeavours of the Akaroa Boating Club the Regatta had been held for years, We do not wish 10 belittlelbe~Akaroa .Boating Club at _-__i_-_M_i_i_i_-_
the Begafcfca was initiated, as we stated before, the rowing events were only a small item, and the Akaroa Regatta was many years old before the rowing events became the premier interest of fche day,