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ANNUAL OPENING OF SEASON DINNER. The members of the Akaroa Sailing Club held tbpir annua! opening of tbe season dinner at tbe Hotel Metropole nn Thursday last. There were about twenty membors present, and his Worship tbe Mayor presided. Tbe Mayor proposed the toast of the " Sailing Club." He said the small attendance was disappointing, and sport in Akaroa was* rather dead. He , thought more interest should be taken in amusements. He was glad the sailing races bad commenced again f bis seison, and hoped the club would have a eood Reason. Mr A. Gray (commodore of the club) replied, thanking tbn=e present for drinkintj (ho roast. It sppmpd a Di'ty. he °aid. that more interpst could not het,'ik°n in c ailino;. Tn nur day-' wo wpra getting rather kid glove in onr sports. He thought there was nothing soft in sailing, and the memhers took a ri*k in a good stiff breeze. A man handling a yacht had to have nerve and pspwess. Ho thought the club bad tbe®jt«iDfttby of ibe Akaroa public, 3« denoted by the many prizes donatpd far the races.

Mr; L J. Vangioni (secretary of tbe Railing Club) proposed tbe toasf, "The Donors of Prizes to tbe Club" There had been many prizes given for sailing rfic Q s since the club's inception, nnd this had stimulated the jntoreot nf the club. Mr W Glynan replied to the toast, and thankpd the members for same. Ttn ch-Mi-min presented Mr Burk's rtnn tn Messrs W. Glynan and C. Pool, who won the greatest number of point* in club races with the Spare tima during the paafc season

Mr E E. Lelievre proposed tbe foa=t of 'he " British Navy." The present navy, he said, wai not a fwl ing navy a<* in Nelson's time. He did nnt know what would have bap ppned to New Zealand and the land of his father and mother, France, if it bad not b*en for the British Navy. Mr J D. Brnce replied to the toast nithßN?vv. He said it meant much fo the whole Empire. He said in the Wv centuries England and Bcotland had navies and fought each other. Later tbe Dutch navy attempted to become supreme, bur the British were able to gain tbe uppsr band. The Nelson bred Fea dogs were perhaps the best known of tbe old navy, and be pointed out how poorly they were found in their old vessels. Tbey were all proud of tbe British fleet, and it would giv9 a good account of itself wbm tbe Germans came out of tbe Kiel Canal. Tbe Australian Navy had playe 1 an important part in tbe war, and tbe question of having a navy came borne to us when we siw what a useful part it h«d taken.

His Worship tbe Mayor proposed the toast of the "Allied Fnrces," and Me=srs B G. Mora and W. Jocobson to the toa*t. The chairman thanked tbe nm prietor (Mr H- Bell) for the excellent dinner provided, Mr Bell briefly re sponding. Mr J. D. Bruce endorsed the re marks of the chairman concerning tbe dinner. Musical items were given by Messrs V. Magee, D Langropp, A. Gray, L. J. Vangioni and E. E. Lelievre, and, after a number of patriotic songs, a very pleasant evening was brought to a dose,

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AKAROA SAILING CLUB., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3457, 1 December 1914

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AKAROA SAILING CLUB. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3457, 1 December 1914

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