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The club formally opened its rowing season this afternoon. As usual, the weather was unfavorable, heavy gusts with an occasional rain squall coming up from the south-west. This prevented the turn-out from being as complete as it would have been on a fine day. A postponement was thought of and the advisability thereof considered, but in view of the fact that the weather is always more or less boisterous during the equinoctial period, and that one postponement might not be sufficient, it was determined to go on with the ceremony as far as possible, and at a few minutes past three the first boat (the Rob Roy) was sent out with Park as stroke. She was shortly followed by the Cam (Mitchell stroke) and the Lnrlino (Hodgkins stroke), and then, after an interval the Thames (Dick stroke) was launched from the southern shed. The four boats named paddled quietly round theBteamers' basin, where, under the lee, the> water was comparatively smooth, and then returned to the shed, where the ladies were served with afternoon tea. The general arrangements were under the superintendenceof Mr Dick, captain of tte club. The boat* were in excellent order, having been newly done up, and the shed wus hung with flags in honor of the occasion. About twenty ladies accepted the invitation of the club. Had the weather been at all fine there would have been a large master.

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OTAGO ROWING CLUB., Issue 8018, 21 September 1889

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OTAGO ROWING CLUB. Issue 8018, 21 September 1889

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