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AQUATICS.

YACHTING. A Reuter cablegram from New York (received In Sydney) says the American Motor Boat Club has received and! accepted a challenge froui the British Motor Yacht Club for a race for the International Cup, which has been held' by the United States for two years. It is interesting to note in connection willi the contest for the Devonport Club's race for the Cup> held on Saturday last! that only four minutes separated tbe first and 'fifth boats! This reflects credit' on the handicappers, Messrs. Kilfoyle, Alexander and Carter, who have brought about sonic very close finishes this season. The Devonport Yacht Club has arranged two cruising races to W a 'wera for Saturday next. Tbe New Zealand Power Boat Association Is holding a series of races this afternoon. A club picnic is to be held on Saturday next. It was expected that Kawau would be the popular rendezvous for yachtsmen this week-end, weather permitting. Nothing definite has been ascertained with regard to the forthcoming Easter cruises of the yachts. It is stated, however, that most of the boats will visit the Great Barrier and Coromandel, while no inconsiderable number will •find their way to Whangarei Heads. The small craft will no doubt again patronise the Wairoa, and several of them are journeying to Waiheke. An outcome of the race for the Macky Gup (Devonport Yacht Club) last 1 Saturday is a challenge issued by Mrs. Fenn, of the Daisy, to the owner of the Iris, for a race from Devonport to Mateatea. The race was expected to eyentuate this afternoon. Tlie Iris finished first in the race fpr the cup, and the Daisy was third. Thq Ponsonby Cruising Club is holding class championship races on Saturday next. Mateatea (Waiheke) was probably I the most popular resort of yachtsmen [ during the last week-end. There were no less than 21 yachts assembled in the bay on Saturday night. By da3'light on Sunday morning there was but one vessel at anchor there, the others having sailed out to the fishing grounds. | The present season has been one of the most enjoyable as regards cruising that yachtsmen have experienced for some years. However, the weather at nights is becoming perceptibly cooler, and cold nights are predicted for the Easter I cruise.

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AQUATICS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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