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At the annual general "meeting of the 0.R.A., to be held on the 29th. inst, the following report will bo presented : la presenting the fourth annual report the members of the Association have jo. express tbeir gratification at the success of the 1896-97 season, and to mark with pleasure the increased enthusiasm and interest shown by members of the associated clubs in rowing matters, and also the advance made in oarsmanship by those competingin regattas held in our waters. These regattas have been on a larger scale than in previous years ; the sport has been good; and the interest shown by the public has been quite on a par with that shown heretofore. It may here be remarked that quite ulive to the fact that no inducement should he spared to 'attract general notice and to excite public interest in the aquatic rlsturea held from time to time. - : ■ n ™ 1! ! regattß. held under the auspices of tnoOtago, Yacht Club and the Association, was moat successful last; spsson;' The weather jwUuced was of the best,- and without doubt the racing as n whole, and in the JjlariiQrJ'ours in pan ticnUr, was of go high an order thatlt will not bo noon: forgotten by thosa who witnessed It, In .oonnepttpn with the rosatta.tho thanks of tho. Association *ro due to the Harbor Board officials find those undsr them for. thg generous manner la which theyvroadered assistance. l Thanks ar* also Ldue to tho firms and persons who put their hands I into their pockets and gave substantial help, and also to the gentlemen who filled the various offices for the manner In, ij-hich they discharged I their duties. •«)■ ;

It is a matter for congratulation to note that ,°,tago has for. the. third'time in succession supplied the champion four of the colony In the persons o| the Queen's Drive crew, who, though only classed as juniors, strove successfully to emulate the example set by. their club-mates at two previous championship meetings. The Port Chalmers Kowing Clubs crew, although not so successful, made a determined effort to attain the coveted position, and are deservixfg of the greatest credit for their performance. During the year Mr J. James retired from the position of secretary, and his resignation was received with the greatest regret, he having been one of the promoters of the Association, and having worked hard for it since its inception.. , - During last season, just passed, the new class of pair-oared boats obtained from Wellington came into use, and-have proved that they are a desirable class of boat, and the various races in which they competed, resulted in good contests. It is tp be boped that the effort to improve the class of boats will not end here f and that before long the local clubs will be on an equal footing with their brethren in the. North: As is now well known, the Association are taking active steps to have the -New , Zealand championship regatta of 1898 held at Dunedin on : the occasion of ; the jubilee of- the foundation ■•°£. tn( v settlement of Otago. Should the efforts being made meet with success, a new impetus will undoubtedly be given to rowing in Otago. Not only would rowing men be spurred on to activity and the public interest be aroused for the time being, but more lasting good would be done. A chance would also be given of comparing local form with that from other parts, and many gbodVpoints would be gained from the contact/ It is t»ie sincere hope of the Association that their request may be granted. The funds of the Association are in a sound condition, a credit balance being carried forward.

..There was a meeting of the .Association last night, when the following resolution was adopted—"That Mr Frank Mitchell, the delegate of the Otago Tlowing Club, be asked to move at the forthcoming meeting of the N.Z. A. R. A. that the 1898 championshipregatta be held at Dunedin on March 23, the jubilee of the foundation of the settlement of Otago, and that notice of motion be given." From information received from the various rowing centres, it would seem that the prospects of Dunedin having the championships here are of the»brightest description. It is to be hoped that clubs favorable to the resolution will not fail to instruct their delegates on the matter in good time. It would do a great pity if the motion were lost through a lack of interest.

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OTAGO ROWING ASSOCIATION., Issue 10449, 20 October 1897

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OTAGO ROWING ASSOCIATION. Issue 10449, 20 October 1897

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