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The annual meeting of the Otago Yacht Club was held in the Harbor Board Office last evening, and was attended by about thirty members, Mr S. S. Myers (commodore) presiding.

A letter was received from the secretary of he Otago Rowing Club advising that the club’s formal opening would take place on the 9th inst, and asVing for the Yacht Club’s co-opera-tion.—The letter was received, and referred to the Committee with power to act. Mr TV. H. Gillies wrote expressing his sincere thanks for the club’s sympathy with the family in the death of Mr J. L. Gillies.—The Chairman explained in connection with this matter that ’the club sent a wreath. He moved that a letter of sympathy be sent to the family, and that the same be inserted in the minutes.

The Committee’s annual report congratulated members oa the favorableness of latt season for yachting. The new Carina was added to the licet, and the Committee hoped to see a further addition of yachts this season. In February the harbor was visited by Lord Brassey and party in his famous yacht Sunbeam. The club was well represented as usual .at Port Chalmers and Dunedin in the regattas, and members were pleased at the presence of Professor Scott, of' Christchurch, with hit* vacht Zephyr, 'J he annual smoke concert was held in June in conjunction with the Model Yaout Club, and was a very successful affair. The club was indebted to Mr K. B. Hayward for his services as hon. secretary for the social event. A special meeting of the club was held in' August to consoler the advisahi ity of adopting the linear rating rule, and after some discussion it was decided to adopt the rule The Committee regretted the death of Mr J. L. Gillies, who always took a keen interest in the club and willingly gave his assistance when required, and Mr -1. Potter, who was well and favorably known to all. 'I ho thanks of the club were due to Messrs Townsend and M'Donafd for actm« as timekeepers, and to Mr Sutherland for his work as starter. The club was also indebted to 1 ady Brassey, Messrs Myers, Bannister, and Lloxam for prizes presented, and to the Harbor Board and its staff for valuable assistance rendered in various ways. The duties of secretary had been carried out in a creditable maimer by Mr . t»hgo. Lady Brassey clur*n or her stay hero kindly presented the club with a handsome trophy for competition among the sailing c afts of the bay, and the Thelma proved the winner for the 3 ear. The June challenge shield was sailed for as usual, the first class race being won by the Thelma, and the third class by the Waterwitch. In order to encourage racing among the older and out-classed boats a handicap race was arranged. A fair number of entries were received for this event which was won by the White Wings. ’ r.,^ 0 showed a credit’ balance of ijld lo* lud.

'J'ho Chauimam, in moving the adoption of the report and balance-shoe?, said that so far aa the balance-sheet was concerned the club had managed to rub along without getting into debt, and that was about as much as any other club seemed to be doing these times. Their expenditure was not very heavy. Ho would like to see it heavier, and with more members they might be aide to do that. Ho was pleased to record that had been free from accidents so * ar . as yachtsmen, were concerned. ‘J'ho accidents that had occurred had happened through people not being acquainted with boats. He impressed upon members the necessity of getting young lads who cared for water sports to join the club. The subscription was small, and ho was sure auyone who owned boats would only be too glad to take out young members who were desirous of learning sailing. He heartily welcomed the appearance of the Carina, and he hoped to sec a tew mors boats of the same class added to the licet this year. r J he prize money offered at present was not a great inducement for people to build boats who wished to go in for racin" but there was always a certain amount of sport m yachting. He would like to see the club winning prizes away from home and add to the glory of the club. If the club only bad sufficient funds that was one of the things he would like to see carried out.

Mr S. S. Ba.v.vistmr seconded the motion, whicji was carried unanimously. On the motion of Mr Don; pas, rules 20 and Zl were amended to read as follows :-(20) Any member wishing to jiropose anv alteration or addition to the Tides of the club at the annual meeting must give notice thereof in writing not later than the 20th of September, to tlie secretary, who shall duly notify members of the nature of the proposed alterations or addition? AO member having given notice of motion shall be allowed to withdraw it except bv leave of the meeting. (21) '.I he rules of the club can only be altered at the at,null meeti w, or at a special general meeting of the club, as nrovided for in rule 19. If the special meeting be called by requisition the commodore must call the duo together on some date within ten days ot the receipt of such requisition. Any alterations of the rules shall take effect from the date of the meeting at which such alteration was earned.

The following office-beaiers were elected : Commodore. Mr S. S. Myers ; vice-commodore, Mr S. S. Bannister; rcar-coramotiore, Mr W H. Hutcheson; lion, secretary, Mr E. B. Hayward ; assistant bon. secretary, Mr W. Sligo • treasurer, Mr E. Muller; committee—Messrs c’ O. Smith, H. Douglas, E. C. Hazlott, A. J Bloxam, G. I atimer, N. Oliphant, P. Sutherland, T. Harridge. W. lane, W. Cutten : auditors Messrs H, Power and D Wall • handicappors—Mess rs W. Sligo, D. Wall, and P. MUherlan'l.

Sixteen now mornboi-?. were elected. . 16 waa ilooi-ied to open the season on the 30th mst.

The Committee .were recommended to cmsi'ier the question of shortening the oonrso for club rao; s. to look over the rules with a view of having a new set printed, to take steps to have squadron evolutions and club cruises institutecl and to consider the question of having a olubnouse and slip erected. Votes of thanks were accorded Mr E. B. Hayward for ins work in connection with the'smoke concert and regatta, and the Harbor Board tor the use of the 100 m.

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OTAGO YACHT CLUB., Issue 10437, 5 October 1897

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OTAGO YACHT CLUB. Issue 10437, 5 October 1897

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