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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8046, 24 October 1889
THE EXHIBITION REGATTA.
tlie following correspondence has taken place between tho Wellington Rowing Club and the Regatta Committee (through the Exhibition Commissioners in Wellington and Dunedin) with reference to the events Which have boon arranged for the Exhibition Regatta in February t—■ Wellington, 30th September, 1889. T. it. Ma:donald, Ksq., Commissioner to the N.Z. and S.S. Exhibition.
Dear sir,—l am directed by my Committee to draw your attention to a few facts conneoted with the rowing clubs of tho colony, with a view to the alteration of the conditions of the Exhibition Kegatta to be held in Dunedin. As it now stands, instead of being a colonial regatta, it will be a purely local one, nono of the clubs norfh of Dunedin being eligible to compel Without losing their amateur status, as the Dunedin clubs are not affiliated to the N.)5. Amateur Rowing Association, and the regatta is consequently not held under its auspices. I might, however, point out that the Regatta Committee have taken tho rules of the N.Z.A.R.A. as thoso under which the events will be contested.
My Committee bog to offer two suggestions to tho Committee who are managing the regatta, either of which they feel sure will meet with a favorable reception by the variouß rowing clubs in the colony. The first is that the Dunedin clubs be aßkod to join the N.Z.A.R.A., and bold the regatta unrfer that body's diroction. By doing this, and leaving tho principal race as it now stands, for batswings, the following Clubs, possessing that class of boat, would be able to compete:—Wellington and Star Clubs (Wellington), Nelson and Wakatu Clubs (Nelson), Wanganui and Union Clubi (Wanganui), Auckland and St. George Bay Clubs (Auckland), Picton, Blenheim, Napier, and Gi&bort\o Clubs. The alternative proposal is that the Committee place en the programme a race for outriggers <ftest and best boats), under the rules of tfee N.Z.A.R.A., for a prize of, say, LSO, or L6O. All the clubs abovenamed would be able to enter for this, as would the Canterbury, Union, and Avon Clubs (Obristchurch), Cure Club (Kaiapoi), Akaroa, and Lyttelton Clubs, as they possess outrigged but not inrigged boats. Whatever steps are taken would need to be taken at once, as the Association meet in Wellington some time in October. The secretary would no doubt be pleased to give all information. We should be glad to learn that something is being done in one of the directions proposed, as an impression is gaining ground that the Dunedin clubs are afraid to meet the Northern men, and, therefore, are trying to debar them from competing. The Regatta Committee replied through the secretary of the Exhibition as follows :
YoUrs of the 9th inst., with enclosures, to hand. Mr Hyams does not state the case fairly. To meet them wo adopted their rules, and asked them to waive for the occasion the rule that only affiliated clubs to their Association could compete for races rowed under their auspices. They wished to force all competing clubs to join their Association, and individual crews not club crews would have been excluded. The reply of the Kcgatta Committee was: "We want to mike this an open regatta to the world," and that can only bo done by abolishing auy rule that tends to txclusivoness. The Association has the remedy in their own hands of what they complain of—viz., suspend their rule of exelusivoness for this special occasion, for which 1 believe there is a precedent in the annals of their archives. The matter was anxiously discussed, and no other way could be seen out of tho difficulty.—l am, etc., A. D. Sligo. AQUATICS. In the sculling race between Searle and O'Connor there was a large amount of betting. It was a perfect day for rowing, and there was an enormous concourse of spectators. The start was by mutual consent, and O'Connor (>vho, unlike hi 3 opponent, retained his jersey) bent first to his work. With great quicknoss he took nearly half a stroke before the Australian caught the water. In the first minute the Canadian pulled forty to his opponent's thirty-nine, and obtained half a length lead, but seemed flurried and anxious to get away ; while Searle was pulling a good stroke, and seemed to be taking matter's easily. After a minute and a-half's rowing, O'Connor was half a length to the good, and here ho missed the water with his left hand scull, and Searle drew level with him. O'Connor lost ground for several lengths until he settled again, then he sculled beautifully, and encouraged by the frantic cheers of his partisans, was soon on level terms and in front again. At tho mile tree he led by half a length, but his exertions had evidently told on him, and Searle then found his opportunity. He rowed brilliantly, and before the soap works were reached was almost clear of his opponent. Tho change was so sudden that hardly anyone realised what had happened until it was over, but it wa3 seen that O'Connor was already beaten. Searle got further away at will, and passed under Hammersmith Bridge in Bmin 38sec quite two lengths to the good. This was the fastest time ever recorded by a sculler in England. Passing under the Suspension Bridge it was evident that Searle had his man safe, for he increased his lead without quickening his stroke, until at Bolton Creswick he was four lengths ahead. Soon after this O'Connor gave two or three spurts, which were apparently his last efforts. Once he got within a length of Searle, but each time died away. Under Barrie's Bridge Searle led by five or sixlengths, and O'Connor from this only paddled the rest of the journey. Searle passed the winning post about ten lengths ahead amidst great cheering in 22min 42sec. The result of the race was a terrific blow to O'Connor's supporters, who are reported to have backed their man to tho extent of LBO.OOO. The Union (Canterbury) Rowing Club have entered Mr Frederick Foster for the Amateur Sculling Championship of Victoria, which will be rowed for on the Yarra, Melbourne, on November 9. Mr Foster left Port Chalmers by the Wairarapa to-day, and took with him his club's wager boat built by Donnelly, of Sydney. He has been steadily training and practising on the Avon for the past six weeks, and now shows some of the form which a couple of years ago proved him to be one of the best amateur scullers in New Zealand. Mr Foster will arrive in Mclbourno about the 30th inat., and will, therefore, have about nine clear days in which to get himself thoroughly fit.
The Australian cyclists who take part in tho race meeting at Christchurch on Boxing Day leave for New Zealand by tho first steamer in December. The question of holding an art union in connection with the meeting was discussed by the Committee a couple of nights ago. The opinion of the members indicated that though tho club might derive some benefit financially from such an undertaking, it would be unsatisfactory to the public. The meeting would be of sufficient merit to interest the public without having recourse to any gambling element.
Richelieu is advancing in the Derby betting, and is now second favorite, 100 to 15 being the best offer ; 100 to 10 is offered against Singapore or Dunkeld. Portland, Cuirassier, and Spokesman have been scratched for the Melbourne Cup. The Committee of the Auckland Racing Club met yesterday, when a letter was received from the Dunedin Jockey Club respecting the appointment of a delegate to attend a meeting which it is proposed should be held in Dunedin to further discuss the new rules of racing. It is considered probablo that the Hon. E. Mitchelson will be asked to represent Auckland. The position of starter to the Auckland Racing Club has been resigned by Mr J. T. Buckland, who is about to leave for Australia.
The Tapanui' Courier' is informed that a well-known sporting man intends to test the legality of the metropolitan racing clubs' action in interfering with the up-country clubs. A nomination haa been sent of a socalled diflqualified horse to the secretary of one of the metropolitan cluba, and if the animal ia disqualified from getting the stakes if he wins a nice lawsuit will ensue.
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8046, 24 October 1889
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