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AKAROA REGATTA.

A DISAPPOINTING DAY. Officials : Patron, Hon It ri aion Rhodes ; commo ioro, Mr G Armstrong; vios commodore?, Messrs \V, H, J. D Bruce, E. ' Lelievre, Dr. Cantrell: judge?. Messrs G. Armstrong,.!, I) Bruce, h. W Pip r, A H. Westenra, E. E. Lehevie, H. E. Crawshaw md Dr. Cantrell; stutter, Mr G. Oheckley ! umpires, Mesers J. B. Newton, A Gray and A Ithode-- , ; timekeeper, Mr B. E L«lievrf. iiioy c mmiHee, Messr« B. W. Harming. G; Wheloh, C. Newton, K. Bruce andE. Beattif; rutidicappers. the Akaroa Mailing Club; nxpcmive, Me-srs T, Lowitt, B W Henring. C. Goodwin, A. Gray, T. Penlington, L. J. Vangioni, K. Bruce, H. Newton, P. Arnr ■Jtrorip mid H. E. CraWhhaw; treasurer, Mr P. Armstrong; hon. secretary, Mr C. W. Leete. Akaroa bad a most disappointing iay on Wednesday, the annual Rβ g*tta Day. The weather was fine and ■iunny, but a stiff nor' west wind made the harbour so rough that no rowing vents could be gnr, off Tbe coinmi' tee waited all day in the hopes of the weather clearing, but the wind moderated too late to allow of any races to be got off. It was decided to postpone the row ' >ng events till Boxing Day, when it i? tioped that the event will oe favoured with calmer weather. The Hon. R. H Rhodes telegraphed r o the committee expres?ing his regret that on urgent call to Wellington pre vented bis attending the Regatta. He wished tbe committee a successful day, good attendance and good contests. A number of people from the bays came into Akaroa for tbe day, and these, with the residents and rowing men, waited about all day in the hope that the wind would moderate. There were several side shows on the reserve by the wharf, and there was tbe in tere?t of watching the s.s. Maori arrive with the excursion from Lytteiton About 630 people travelled round in j the boat, Laving a somewhat trying J and jobbly trip. Oα arrival theyjwere tendered by the s.a Kittawa. The I Maori arrived at 11 45, and the passengers were not landed on the wharf till 1.15. They had not much time ashore, as tbe Kittawa left the wharf again at 3 15 sharp for tbe Maori. The passage home was not Buch a rough one as the one coming down, and the excursionists declared the outing was an enjoyable one. Apart from the excursion the crowd had a quoit contest to watch, which was won by Mr 0 Pool. There were also the events given by the Amokura bays— tbe duck hunt and the dark town bri gade. The boya "fooled" about in the rough sea, and caused a great deal | of amusement to the crowd. The race between two boats manned by 10 oars was a really good contest, and won by inches only. Tbe swimming race for the Amokura boys was won by Reeves with Wilkin second, Tbe boys also entered for tbe sailing race, and managed to win place on time allowance. SAILING RACE. Handicap Sailing Race. Firet prize i>s, second £1. Tbe sailing race for which sis boats entered was got off in the morning. It was blowing very hard, and tbe boats eot over the course in record time. The wind was puffy and tryiDg. The results were :— G. A. Hammond's Waterbeetle, 7mins 1 Amokura's whaler, 25rnins ... 2 Pool and GlynaD's Sparetime, scr 3 The time taken by the three boats were: Waterbeetle, 1 hour 46mins , Amokura's whaler, 2 hours 13mins ; Sparetime, 1 hour 52mins. The Waterbeetle came in first, winning easily without her handicap. The Amokura's boat was sailed by Jackson Ajiokura Boat Pace. First prize 10s. Leader's crew ... ... 1 This was a good race, and a fine ex bibition of rowing in rough water. Bwimming Event for Amokura Boys. First prize 10s, second ss. Reeves 1 Wilkin 2 The race was between the two wharves, and was watched with in fcerest. Quoit Match. First prize £1, second 10s. ' C Pool 1 J. Haylock 2 There were only four entries for this event. It was expected that a number of outsiders would enter, but very little interest waa taken in tbe event. The day was an exceedingly unpleasant one, whioh accounted for the lack of interest in the various eventsMany Akaroa redidenfcs did not venture down at all owing to tbe rough wind and clouds of dust. It is parti cularly unfortunate, as both Tuesday and yesterday were ideal days for the holding of a Regatta, and the commit, tee appears to have struck the one bad ay ' CONCERT. In the evening a concert was held in the Oddfellows' Hall in aid of the regatta funds. There was a good attendance, and it is estimated that, with the proceeds of the tickets, the returns should total about £20. Too much cannot be said for the way in which the members of the Akaroa Orchestra gave their services. They gave three numbers of selection, and their music was much appreciated. The orchestra consists of Mr E. Don nell and Miss N, Lelievre (first violins), Mr A Gray (second violin), Mr Mottram (clarionet) and Miss I. Taylor (pianoforte). On Wednesday night they were supplemented by Mr Good child, who played the cornet. Mr G. H. O'Callagban gave two numbers. He aang "The Last Muster" in the first half in excellent voice, while in the second half he sang "Oberon," and received a hearty encore, to which be did not respond. Mrs F. Arm strong sang "The Rose of Life" in tbe first part of tbe programme, and as an encore "Mifawny." In the second half she sang "When the

Heart was Young." Her items wert much appreciated, and she was ob ligad lo respond to a vociferous recali by repeating a portion of the song, Master Les. Maber spoke a pro'ogup, rendering tbo piece excellently, Misses G. Weir, M. Dierck, N. and L. Lelievre danced a Spanish dance in costume, and had a vociferou3 recill, to which responded. Mr J. McLenagban recited "Hooligan's Mare," and as an encore "Dick Seddon's Pension Bill." He is a good comedian, and the audience would not let him go till he had given another item, "When Father Won the Sweep." Mr Mason, a visitor, sang "My'Ain Folk." Hβ has a most pleasing voice, and the audience insisted on a reoall, to ,{which he responded by repeating averse of the song. Mr T. McGuire sang "Sons of New Zealand," and had a hearty en core. Miss L Taylor acted as accom panist throughout. Altogether the concert was very enjoyable, and thanks are due to those local people who came forward so kindly to -give their services. In the interval the Mayor (Mr G. Armstrong) presented the prizes won by the Amokura boys. The boys were all present at the entertainment, and appeared to enjoy the items im<> mensely. Mr Armstrong apoke of the various events in which the boys had taken part, and said he hoped to sea the Amokura in again for their annual sports, when the Akaroa people would give them a really good time. Mr Armstrong, on behalf of the com mifctee, also thanked those ladies and gentlemen who so kindly gave their services for the concert. At the conclusion of the concert the National Anthem was snng, and three cheers given for the King and the flag The Amokura boys then gave three cheers for the Akaroa people who had treated them so well.

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AKAROA REGATTA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3462, 18 December 1914

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AKAROA REGATTA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3462, 18 December 1914

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