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POSTPONED AKAROA REGATTA.

HELD IN IDEAL WEATHER.

OFFICIALS

Patron, Hon R. H aton Rhodes ; commodore, Mr G. Armstrong; vice-oommo''orps, Meet rs W. H, Honing. J. D. Bruce, E. E. Leliovre, Dr. Cantrell: judges. Mess's G. Armstrong, J, D Bruce, B. W. Pip«, A. H. Westenra, E. E. Lehevie, H. E. Cravsbaw and Dr. Cantrell; star'er, Mr G, Checkley! umpires, Messrs J, B. Newton, A Gray and A Rhodes; timekeeper, Mr E. E. Leli vre . buoy c mmittf-e, Messrs B. W. Henninj-,', G; Whelch.C Newton, R Bruce and E. Bi-vtie; handicappevs. the Akaroa Sailing Club; executive, Me srs T Lewitt, B W Heming, C. Goodwin, A. Gray, T. Penlington, !j, J, Vai'gioni, R. Bruce, H. Newton, F. Armstrong and H. E. Crawshaw; treasure-, Mr F. Armstrong; hon. secretary, Mr (J..W. Leete.

The postponed Akaroa Regatta was held on Boxing Day in beautiful weather, when the rowing events were got off without a hitch. There uas a fair attendance of Bays people to witness the rowing, and a large, number of motor car 3 and cycles came through from Christchurch. The s.s. Cygnet left Lyfetelton on Christmas r.igbt with a number of Christchurch leaving again on Sunday nigh*. A great deal of intercsi was t.iken throughout the day in the difijrent rovviDg events.

The Hon R. Heaton XL .riles, patron of the regatta, was preset.fc on Saturday afternoon, but unfortur itely arrived too late to witness any < f the races, which were over early in tbe afternoon.

There was splendid water fir the rowing course, and up to 2 p.m. there was hardly a ripple, except for n light southerly draught. At about 2 p.m., however, a northerly sprang u;j and freshened as tbe afternoon adv: need, interfering, though not materially, with the long distance events. The senior sculls and junior four oar races had to be rowed under the rnc>t un favourable conditions, and, faking into consideration that this was a disadvantage, the time for the aenior sculls was good. The racing right through was not very consistent, as the winners in the sculling events were often beaten in the oars. The rowing taken as a whole, however, was up to the standard, though the senior and junior crews were not up to tbe previous year's .standard The most pleasing feature of the rowing was the splendid competition in tbe youths' and maiden contests, and good fields went out in tbe four-oar and double sculls. These colts show ed great promise, and the keenness with which the Fculling was con tested is promising for tbe crews that are to fill tbe senior boatß later on. The two Akaroa youths' crewa give| promise of good material, and, con-

sidenng Checkley and Staples are only 17 years old, and the Walker brothers are lightly older, they should be able to hold their own all comers duriog tbe next three or four years. Newton and C. Walker make a solid crew, and in the pair oar their work was good, In the eculls tbey were beaten by Sumner and Avon, the former rowing a solid race. In the maiden sculls Sergison and McGuire put in some good work, but they could do with a littie more finish, and, if they 'had been able to last, must have won, as they led for the greater part of their race. Tbe following table shows the amount of prize money won by each competing club at the Regatta, and the points for tbe D C.L. Shield : - Club Prize D.CL. Money Shield.] Canterbury £13 6pts. j £14 15pts. \karoa £9 lOptsSumner £9 9pts. Union £S Spts. The prize money was well distributed amongst gives more than usual interest to the probable re suits at the Lyttelton and Christchurch Regattas The Akaroa Club has a full entry for New Year's Day, and although tbey have not bad near ly enough work in the stumps they should give a good account of themselves.

All the Canterbury rowing clubs have practically a new personnel id their crews, as so many of tbe mem bers have volunteered and gene with tbe Expeditionary Forces. The Can terbury Rowing Club was one of the biggest losers in this respect, as almost every active rowing man of last year has gone, The Akaroa crews art practically all new and promising j material, as it is two years since they bave taken any active part in rowing on account of the sheds being dcs troyed by fire. Union have a great many new men, and Sumner have considerably strengthened themselves into a stronger club, and were able to compete in four events. Avon is again strong, and. should do well during the season.

A mistake made by a number of tbe crews on Saturday was tbe steering of a bad course, and here matters would probably be considerably improved if the Regatta Committee were to stipu late that the crews should start and finish between two posts. The star ter, Mr Geo. Checkley, got the crews away at the right angle of the rec tangular course, so that no outside post is necessary at the start, but a number of the crews got much too far out, steering into Children's Bay, thus losing a lot of ground. If the cox had a definite course to start and finish by be would no doubt have been able to steer a much better course. The officials who carried out the Regatta got the events off without a hitch and up to time. The Regatta was over at 2.30 p.m., and the crews were able to get their boats packed and shipped. Mr G. Checkley acted as starter, and bad no trouble in getting a good start for every event Messrs Arm strong, Bruce, Westenra and Crawshaw acted as judges, and Mr E E.Leiievre as timekeeper. Messrs J, R, Newton and A. Rhodes acted as umpires and followed each race, and they had no disputes to settle. Mr C Hall acted as flug steward from the one and a half mile course. Following ate the results of the

'aces:—

ROWING RACES

SENIOR PAIR .(Alt RACE. First prize £6, second £1. Distance one mile and a

half. Akaroa Boatina Club (H R Newton atr, C Walker bnw) 1 Sumner Rowing Club (W De Their str,

C Champ bow).. .. .. Avon Rawing Club (H Adkins str, D Dorm bow)

s The Akaroa crew established a lead from the sta't, and won comfortably after steady rowing by four lengths. Avon were about two lengths away from the Sumner crew. Time—7mins 53 3'sseos.

YOUTHS' FOUR-OAR RACE. First prize £7, seood £1, Di.-tance one mile. Canterbury Rowing Club (R C Cuddon str, E Sime, 0 C Mosley P S Hills bow) , .. 1 Avon Mowing Clnb (F Agassiz str, A Nightingale, H L Said, D Harvey bow) .. ..2 Union Rowing Club {J D Davies stroke, G Watson, G F Cronin, C Dallison bow) .. 3 Akaroa Rowing Club also started Canterbury, with the outside course, gradually dr >w away from the other crews after a good start, and from about half way maintained a lead of three lengths, winning without being much pushed. Union and Akaroa cut down tbe distance between Avon and themselves, but tbe latter took second place, Union being dose up. Akaroa were about a. length behind Union—Time 4min 37seo. JUNIOR DoUBLE SCULLS. First priza £5, second £1. Distance one mile. Avon Rowing Club (R 0 Nightingale str, H G Taylor bow)

.. 1 Sumner Rowing Club (W Sergison stroke, B Marquet bow) 2 Union Rowing Club (T Booth Btr, H Layton bow) 3 In this race the winning crew established a good lead early in the race, but in the laßt half mile Sumner quickened their stroke and gained a good deal of water, though they were not able to catch Avon, who won by tbjiee lengths. Union were some lengths away at the finish. Time—Sarin 21sec. M&IDEN FOUR OAR RACE. First prize £7. second £1 ■ Distance one mile. Union Rowing Club (E Velvin stroke, R Mann A S Drayton, J filurch bow) 1 Avon Rowing Club (F Williamson stroke, J B Wilson, R Clothier, W Williamson bow) .. .. ~ .. '2 Akaroa Boating Club (T McGuire stroke, A Sercison, S Hammond, L Armstrong bow) ..3 Canterbury Rowing Club started. This was a well contested race, the first three boats being in it ail the way. Union rowed a good even stroke, and were able to hold the lead they gained at the start, win' ing by two lengths. Akaroa wre only two lengths from Avon, while Canterbury wore a long way behind. Time, 4min 45sec. SENIOR DOUBLE SCULLS. First prize £6, second £1. Distance JJ miles. Sumner Rowing Club (WDe Thier stroke, C Champ bow) 1 Avon Rowing piub {H Adkins stroke, A R Wood bow) 2 Akaroa Boating Club (H Newton stroke, C Walker bow) ■■~, .. .. .. 3 This was an excellent raoe. In this race the order of things wa-- exactly opposite to the Benior pairs, the same crews competing. Newton had trouble with his footboard dur* ing the race, which put Akaroa at a disadvantage. In the Avon crew Wood took Dun's place in tho bow and strengthened the crew. Sumner rowed a solid race, and won by two lengths, Akaroa being dose up to Avon. Time, 7min 53seo. YOUTHS' DOUBLE SCULLS. First prize £5, second £1. Distance 1 mile. Avon Rowing Club (F Agassia stroke, L Sail bow) • l Akaroa Boating Club, No 1(D Checkley stroke, E Staples bow) .. ..2

Akaroa Boat!no Club,- No. 2(I Walker

stroke, It Walker tow) .. .. 3j Union and Canterbury also started. Thiwas the best race of the day, and was keenh contested throughout. Akaroa No 1 uoi 8 <?ood start and 1-d most of the w-iy, but by steering a bad course rowed a longer dis lance. Avon wpre able ti win by a length. Canterbury fell out at the !,' nule. At the J ■ mil:; the order w>i3 Akaroi No 1 first, Avon stcond, Union third. Aka-oa No. 2, however, improved their position in the last half mile, and took third place close up to the other Akaroa boat. Tims, smin 32sec.

JUNIOR FOUR OAR RACE. First prize £7, second £1. Distance 11 miles. Cantprbury Rowing Club (F it Dunsford stroke, C C Hill, A C Pimvell, M J Guthrie bow) 1 Sumner Rowing Club (W Berpi<-on stroke, H Winter, B Marquet, P Olliver bow) 2 .Avon Rowing Club (R A. Nightinpala stroke, A J Forbes, S Clothier, X J ••

Kingsland bow) 3 Union Rowing Club also started. Th. northerly breeze had freshened for this rac<-, which accounted for the time. Canterbury, with a good start, pulled out at once, estab lisbmg a lead of two or three lengths at the half mile. At this point the otews wenrowing—Canterbury 1, Union 2, Avon 3. At tbe mile Sumner had corns into third place, and, with a steady, slow stroke, gradually improved their position to seconn at the winning post, Canterbury retained their lead gained at the start, though they lost ground by steering a bad course, and won by five lengths. Avon,were two lengths from Sumner, Time, Srnin 18sec.

MAIDEN DOOBLE SCULLS. First prize I £5, second £1. Distance one mile. Union Rowing Club (E Velvin stroke, A S Drayton bow) .. .. .. .. 1 Akaroa Boating Club (A Sergison stroke, T McQuire bow) .. .. ..2 Avon Rowing Club (D Dunn stroke, F H Stevenson bow) 3 Canterbury Rowing Club also started. The starter got the boats off well together Canterbury dropped behind, aDd at the half mile the position were—Akaroa 1, Union 2

\von 3. At the three quarter mile Union had got slightly ahead, and were able to hold it, beatidg the Akaroa crew by one and a half lengths, Avon were only two lengths iway from Akatoa, and the race among the first three boats was a good one. Time, 6min 12sec.

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POSTPONED AKAROA REGATTA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3465, 29 December 1914

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POSTPONED AKAROA REGATTA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3465, 29 December 1914

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