The Akaroa Mail. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1914. AKAROA REGATTA.
At the opening of the boating sea?on the Mayor (Mr G. Armstrong) re ferred to the' Akaroa R?gaUn, and | said he hoped that a regatta could be ( held this year. Ib seems a thousand ' pitie3 that this function, which has ' done.so much in the past to adve.tise Akaroa, should be set aside altog^the ,, , ahd it only needs a little energy on \ the part of residents to work it up to a successful issue onea more. To our mind, for some years pa3t, tbe regatta has been made too local and merely a gathering for the townspeople of Akaroa. Time wag when Peninsula i residents from all parts flocked to 1 Akaroa to the , regatta—it was not merely a local matter for tbe GOO odd inhabitants of Akaroa, and mainly for those interested in the Akaroa Boating Club. Every bay on the Peninsula bae its committeemen, and, if 1 these people did not attend any meeti ings, at least they gave a subscription and put in aa appearauca on regatta day. The point will probably be raised that this year it will be difficult to coUecfc subscriptions, owing to the tax made by the war funds, Iα answer to this, we may quote the ex perience of a man who collects every year on the Peninsula for a benevolent, object. He informed us thit he had collected a record amount tbie year, and without any effort. People gave more wi.liugly than usual. There is no doubt that, the Akaroa Boating Club ii a fiae institution for' the youug men of Akaroa, and wo be lieve that, after a run of bad luck, the club will come to the front again. However, tbe members of tha Akaroa Boating Club should help all they can to put the regatta on its feet again, a?, the loss of the leca! regatiu is a h ; g blow to the club. Iv addition to the rowing races some other aUrac tions should be arranged to amu?o io outsiders who do not take an interest in the rowing events, A dotermioel effort on the part of an energetic committee to cater for a represeuta tive Peninsula gathering would soon bring the regatta back its old prostigr, and save one of our time honoured ( outings from being abandoned alto v gather. j 6 lIIIIWIIMIU—j JU-——„-, i