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Rowing.

• i (By "Scull.")

October Ist was one of our pleasant days for aquatic gatherings. The weather suited the opening arrangements admirably, but the sun's heat was tempered by clouds. Both the Star and Wellington boatßheds bore evidence of the decorator's skill, the former being gaily and unstintingly decorated with flags, whilst the latter, under a coat of fresh paint, was made equally attractive, lhere was the usual crowd in and about the boatsheds and upon the wharves to witness the ceremony of opening the season 1910-11, which was performed V Mr. H. D. Bell, president of the Wellington Rowing Association, who expressed gratification at the pleasant and amicable relations existing between the different clubs. Much interest was taken in the racing, but in reality the interior of the clubhouses was the centre of interest and hospitality all through the afternoon Visitors found much to admire in the' boatsheds, which are complete in equipment and comfort. The social hall of the Star Boating Club, which was beautifully decorated, came in for much deserved praise. lam inclined to think' that few people spent a pleasanter holiday than the follower* oi lowing. The different boating clubs entertained members and their friends to delightful afternoon tea, and the repast sent them home happy. Before touching on the races I may note the great amount of work undertaken by the Ladies' Committee of the fctar Boating Club in preparing and dispensing afternoon tea. It is no sinecure seeing to the enjoyment of five hundred visitors. The committee was composed of Mrs. Bridge, Mrs. Bayfield, Mrs. Taylor, Miss Barnett, and Miss Dudley. The short races were held on a lovely piece of water near the wharves and the boatsheds, the course being just under a quarter of a mile. Mr. B. A. Morris was once more a most active hon secretary, and Messrs. R. W. M'Villy J Hutchpson, and Captain Morton judged' The starting was good, and reflected great credit on the starter, Mr. J R Crawford. Results: — Senior Fours.— Star (C. Little str. M ' Turner 3, H. D. Bridge 2, Lambert bow) defeated Petone (C. Drummond str. D Burns 3, P. Arrowsmith 2, H. Parrant bow). Star Nos. 2 and 3, and Wellington also started. The Star crew spurted and came up level with Petone, and eventually won a desperate race by about a third of a length. Junior Double Sculls.— Petone (S Bland and C. H. Burridge), defeated Star in the final heat of a closely fought out race. A magnificent encounter, Petone only securing the verdict by half a length. Star No. 1 (Wardrop str., M'Kay 3, Robinson 2, Hall bow), proved victorious in the Junior Fours, in the final of which they met Petone. A fine race it proved, for all the way it looked like ending in a dead heat. Veterans' Fours.— Wellington defeated Star Boating Club. Messrs. G. Spencer, J. Spencer, W. Shilling, and W. Spencer share in the distinction of winning this popular event. Their successes in open meetings have been many and distinguished. It is hardly necessary to remind readers that they learned their rowing in the Wellington Rowing Club. The Senior Double Sculls was an impressive race. Here Star (C. E. Bridge, str., H. D. Bridge, bow) — encountered Petone (A. Driscoll, str., C. H. Burridge, bow), in good going form. As they themselves were not in their usual good form, they got beaten. The approach of summer marks the rise of rowing into newness of life. After winter's, rest the Star Boating Club has made a big beginning in club racing. Entries have closed with 24 for the senior fours, 28 for the junior fours, and 16 for the novice pairs. The horizon is much brighter at the Star Boating Club than for many years past. It is refreshing to see Mr. C. Pearce in the vice-president's position, and to find Mr. A. D. Bayfield and Mr. F. Taylor occupying the responsible positions of captain and deputy-captain respectively. A match between William Webb and Harry Pearce, champion of Australia, is among the probabilities of the near future, and it seems quite within the bounds of possibility these two speedy scullers will meet during the Christmas holidays on the Wanganui River. Their meeting should provide a contest well worth seeing, as they both possess grit and pluck, as well as cleverness. W. Fogwell (N.S.W.) is looking for a return match with G. Whelch to be rowed at Akaroa on Easter Monday. R. Arnst told the writer that he would be quite willing to find some Fogwell backing should there be a match.

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume LXXX, Issue 86, 8 October 1910

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Rowing. Evening Post, Volume LXXX, Issue 86, 8 October 1910

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