TO THE EDITOR,
Sm,—ln glancing through the columns of last night’s Star I read the proposed circular arranged by the Regatta Committee to be sent to the various mayors in all the seaports of the colonies. Although the prizes offered are minimum, still something more definite should be done before the issuing of the circulars. The prize of 100 guineas offered for a rowing race is really a good one, and I hope the Committee will sec their way clear to keep it up to the standard, and it will be one of the finest races of the day and should invite keen competition. But I think L6O for a first-class yacht race is inadequate, especially us the Committee invite competition from all parts of the colonies. Who will come any great distance for a LGO prizs? I venture to say very few. It costs twice the amount to rig a yacht for a race, or to fetch her from any distance, as it would a rowing boat, and the crews of the yachts would be larger, thus entailing a deal more expense. In consideration of this the Committee should try, if possible, to raise the first-class yacht race to LIOO, and LGO for the second-class; and I am sure we would have the pleasure of seeing one of the finest displays of yachts ever held in New Zealand, besides giving a good name to the Regatta Committee of Dunedin, If the prizes are not altered as above v;e will have a very poor display of “white wings,” and it will be a fac simile of our annual Port regatta—rather flat. We don’t often an Exhibition here, therefore an Exhibition Regatta should be something out of the common. Then, again, a grave mistake has been made regarding the tonnage regulations of the second class yachts, which, I think, should be defined as seven tons and under, thus giving several small fry here and up the coast ranging about seven tons a chance to compete that are ineligible to compete in the first-class race, and cannot enter for the second under the proposed regulations; and it does not give fair play to yacht owners here and elsewhere. By depriving the seven-tenners from being able to take part, it is lessening the funds considerably, whereby a slight alteration would nearly suffice to make up for the proposed extia prize money. I don’t think there would be any difficulty in raising sufficient funds to satisfy all if the Committee go energetically to work and make a thorough canvass of the City. If the various clubs football, cricket, etc,—were waited on they would give handsome donations as clubs, as they get the support of the public at their concerts, gatherings, etc. By so doing a good round sum would be secured. Hoping the Committee will give this their just consideration, and that the regatta will be a financial success—l am, etc., Intercolonial. Dunedin, May ?1.
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EXHIBITION REGATTA., Evening Star, Issue 7912, 21 May 1889
EXHIBITION REGATTA. Evening Star, Issue 7912, 21 May 1889
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