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SANDERS CUP.

£T - o AVALON'S SECOND WIN. i —— — A SPLENDID RACE. PATRICK'S FINE SEAMANSHIP. f "TSy" Association.), DUNEDIN, Tuesday. Avalon, the Auckland champion 14----footer, registered her second victory in the 1926 Sanders Cup contest by winning the fourth race after a close and exciting contest with Betty, the Canterbury representative, on the upper harbour this afternoon. The boats from the other four provinces having been eliminated, the race was between the two new 14-footers representing the provinces named. The thousands of spectators who lined- the wharves were provided with a spectacle seldom seen on any harbour as regards the skill displayed in small boat sailing. The race was thrilling and claimed the close attention of the spectators from start to finish. It was. by far the most beautiful and one of the closest races ever sailed in a Sanders Cup contest. The seamanship displayed by both skippers was beautiful to behold, and some very smart movements were executed. For instance, when the two boats were closing on Castle beacon turning mark, in the third round, there was very little difference . between them. The Auckland boat held on to starboard for about ten yards before making the mark, then Andrew's made a beautiful turn with Betty, and was to windward of Avalon. The Canterbury boat was only 3 sec onds astern of her northern rival, but Patrick again gave an example of his skill by the advantage he gained on Andrews in the subsequent beat to windWard. Avalon got away badly at the gunfire, Patrick miscalculating the distance. Just before the last flag fell he was compelled to jibe, and when the last flag fell Betty was away with a lead of about two boat lengths. That was the only time the Canterbury boat held the lead, as Avalon led her rival on each run, each beat to windward, and on each lead. The boats sailed very close at times, and Betty once drew level with her worthy rival when running before the wind. On the thrash to windward in each round of the course i the boats sailed board for board. Pat- | rick had Betty under his lee each time, i and lie skilfully kept her there, although Andrews fought hard to come to windward of the Auckland boat, but Patrick would not be caught napping. As the boats completed each round with j only seconds between them, the excite- j ment became intense, and rousing cheers I were wafted across the waters when I each boat sailed round the pile at the starting line. Ideal Conditions. The two champion boats met on even terms under ideal sailing -conditions. There is very little difference between the two boats, and the destiny of the Cup is still in the balance. Avalon had a lead of thirty seconds when the boats set out on the last lead to the finishing line. She increased the lead in the last two or three hundred yards, and sailed over the line a. winner by 48 seconds. Owing to heavy rain and the absence of wind the judges decided to postpone the start of the race until 2 p.m. . It was a wise decision, as both boats were given an even break in a fresh breeze in the afternoon. The wind was fresh and steady from the south-east, and heavy rain fell. Just before the race started the wind shifted a point to the west and fell light towards the finish. Each boat carried a heavy weight crew of four. . The course was a triangular one, the same as that for Saturday's race. The prevailing j wind gave the boats a lead, a short run, a dead beat .to windward, and a lead to the starting line. The boats i sailed over the course four times, and registered fast times. The two boats were sent away at 2.20 p.m. in a steady full-sail breeze. Betty was first away, while Avalon was compelled to jibe and crossed only two boat lengths' astern of the Canterbury boat. It was ! * lead to the Castle beacon mark and both boats set leading jibs. Avalon almost blanketed Betty, but the latter caught a good puff, and led the Auckland boat when nearing the peninsula, men closing on the mark, Avalon went into the lead, and had a length advantage of Betty. The boats were sailincr fast with free sheets. The times ronndrng the Castle beacon were: Avalon, 2h 31m 425 ; Betty, 2h 31m 475. Avalon did well on the run. Betty iwas now to windward of Avalon, and was pointing better when the boats commenced to beat to the mark off Anderson'e Bay. When they broke tacks close to the peninsula, Avalon was pointing better than Betty, but both were now sailing close. Betty now .Bailed to windward of Avalon, and held the lead for a minute. Avalon was now sailing faster than Betty, and she again sailed under Btfty's lee. The Auckland boat wa s pointing well to windward, and soon led Betty by about half a minute. Both boats stood well out in open water on the long leg to port. Avalon was first to breakbacks; Betty immediately following. Avalon was still sailing faster than her rival and soon led the Canterbury boat by fully one minute. The boats stood on a long leg to the Anderson Bay ehore to starboard, Avalon still sailing ibeautifully. The Auckland boat had to make only one short board to port to fetch the mark. The times of rounding were: Avalon, 2h 48m 17s: Betty, 2h 49m 16s. The Auckland boat now led Betty by 595. It was a lead to the etarting line and both boats sailed at a great pace with free sheets. They rounded the pile as follows: Avalon, 2h 54m 3b; Betty, 2h 54m 555. The Cantrrhary boat thus gained seven seconds on £he Avalon on the lead from the Amteraon Bay mark to the line. The Second Round. "Within a minute of commencing the eecond round, Betty broke out her Epbmaker, and Avalon quickly followed suit. The Avalon's big sail filled to a nicety and she raced for Castle beacon at a great speed. Betty's spinnaker was not holding the wind as well as Avalon's. -Lne times rounding Castle beacon were: Avalon thus gained 13s on the run before the wind, and now led Betty by lm as. Betty headed well into the wind ten the beat to windward was commenced. Both boats still carried a good wind. - After working the pemnsna shore on short board!, both boats stood out m the open water on a IZi Lr rt, a8 the firat to ?or ' the b ° ats Sailed b °«d little on the Auckland boat. Nearing the powder nulk on the Anderson Bay shore Betty was carrying more wind than' and gaining steadily. Both boats

now stood for the Anderson Bay mark on the starboard tack, and they rounded as follows: Avalon, 3h 18m 455; Betty, :Jh 18m 555. The Canterbury boat .thus gained 55s on Avnloii on the beat from Castle beacon to the Anderson Bay mark. Both skippers sailed for the pile at the line with free sheets. There was little difference between them a≤ the times of rounding show: Avalon, :ih 2m 225; Betty, 3h 44m 31s. Betfy gained one second on the lead to the line and Avalon now held a lead of nine seconds. The Canterbury skipper jibed smartly on rounding, and drew almost level with her rival, when spinnakers were smartly set. Avalon's spinnaker set better than Betty'.i, and the Auckland boat held a slight lead to the peninsula, when Betty drew level with her rival. Both boats now squared away for the Castle beacon mark, Avalon still having the lead. The times of rounding were: Avalon 3h 31m 535, Betty 3h 32m. Betty gained two seconds on Avalon on this run, the Auckland boat now having a lead of 7s. The boats again stood for the peninsula on a board to starboard in a falling wind. Avalon was the first to break tacks, and Betty quickly followed. When the boats met again on opposite tacks, Avalon held a lead of fully half-a-minute. Both skippers again worked the peninsula shore on a long leg to starboard. This particular stretch of water again favoured Betty, as she closed on Avalon again. The boats carried a fresh steady breeze when nearing Anderson Bay mark. The times of rounding were: Avalon 3h 46m ss, Betty 3h 46m 265. The Auckland boat had thus gained 14 seconds on Betty in the beat to windward, and Avalon had a leafi

THE CALL OF THE DEEP.

of 21s. When the boats sailed for the line for the third time, they made a quick passage, carrying a steady breeze, and they rounded the pile at the starting line as follows: Avalon 3h 51m 17s, j Betty 3h 52m 2s. Avalon gained 24s on the Canterbury boat on the lead from the Anderson's Bay mark, and Patrick now had a lead of 455. The Last Lap. Spinnakers wer,c set smartly for the last run to the Castle beacon, and both boats race at a great speed for the mark. The rounding times were: Avalon 3h 57m 19s, Betty 3h 58m 4s. Betty squared away from the beacon to house her spinnaker and made a bad turn, losing several precious seconds in consequence. On the last beat to windward both boats again stood to the peninsula before coming about on the port tack. Avalon missed stays twice and she lost headway in consequence. On the long board to starboard along the peninsula shore Betty was sailing faster than Avalon, but the Canterbury boat was well to leeward, and when the boats crossed on opposite tacks it was seen that the Auckland boat had a fair lead. Both skippers were now fighting liard for supremacy, each following the other board for board. Andrews was searching for a breeze off shore and he appeared to find more wind at times, but Patrick was well to windward and appeared to have the race in hand. Still the two skippers fought board for board. The two boats now stood for the Anderson's Bay mark on a short board, and rounded as follows: Avalon 4h 13m 525, Betty 4h 14m 275. Avalon ,led Betty by 30s on the last lead home. The Auckland boat raced for the line with a free sheet, and Patrick registered his second win of the contest. Following are the official sailing times:— Avalon 4h 59m 8s Betty 4h 59m 56s

ANOTHER CALM MORNING.

STARTING TIME EXTENDED. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) DUNEDIN, this day. Owing to no -wind the Sanders Cup final has been postponed till one o'clock.

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SANDERS CUP., Auckland Star, Volume LVII, Issue 46, 24 February 1926

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SANDERS CUP. Auckland Star, Volume LVII, Issue 46, 24 February 1926

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