A meeting of those interested in promoting the Exhibition Regatta, held at the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday night, was attended by about thirty persons ; Mr S. N. Muir presiding. Mr A. D. Slioo (lion, sec.) stated that the first business had reference to the Henley Challenge Cup. He had made inquiries about the matter, and he believed the cup •was in the hands of the Otago Rowing Club. Mr Dick believed the Otago Rowing Club held the cup, but he did not know exactly where it was. It was very hard to state what the members of the club would say about handing over the cup to the Regatta Committee. The cup was given to the Rowing Club by the Henley Regatta Committee, and it had never been rowed for again. The Henley Regatta Committee was now defunct.
After some further discueaion, the secretary was authorised to make inquiries about the cup, which was stated to be worth L6O. The Secretary read the following circular with regard to the regatta, which he had sent to the mayors of seaport towns in the colonies:
It is proposed to hold on or about the 14th February, 1890, during the Exhibition, an intercolonial and interprovincial regatta, open to all comers.
The local Committee have resolved to give the following minimum champion prizes— viz., ICO guineas for a rowing race; L6O for a firstclass yacht race ; L4O for a second-class yacht race. First and second class will probably be denned over and under five or six tons. Substantial prizes will also be offered for other races, which will be notified at an early date. As the Committee desire to draw together the boating men of the colony during the Inhibition, they are anxious to make the regatta as cosmopolitan as possible, and will therefore take it as a great favor if you would kindly reply to the following requests :—Stat9 probabilities of entries; special races; conditions or suggestions; rules of your club (if any), with mode of measurement for tonnage ani time allowance. The Committee are also desirous of knowiDg whether your club or probable competitors would be inclined to subscribe to a special prize for any special kind of race, to be supplemented by the Committee, or to give any donation towards increasing the champion prizes.
The matter with regard to fixing the measurements for tonnage was postponed for a future occasion; and Messrs Davis, Provo, Mudie, Hunter, and M'Credie were appointed a committee to draw up rules and regulations, to be submitted to a future meeting.
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EXHIBITION REGATTA., Evening Star, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889
EXHIBITION REGATTA. Evening Star, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889
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