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. ; [By Staysai£;P • Owing to the unsettled weather yachting matters have, been on the dull side this week.' ■ _ Inspite of the rain last 'Saturday the Carina went put for a spin in the afternoon, tone has her old sails ohi again;- and iieemed to be going very well - The Huia has„ changed hands, 'but the new owners have not got her afloat ybt. . The Matakana was launched last Saturday, and was but for a turn on Sunday afternoon. J

Laat Sunday yachtsmen were not slow in taking advantage 6f-a welc&me break in the" weather, but their hopes were short-lived, for /about four o'clock the light northerly .wind went down, and it rained in torrents, by a pretty stiff squall from the b. W. Most of, the boats had reached their moorings before .it-/came.' The Atalanta must have had a rather unpleasant time of 1 > V~ notloe< * • her returning about seven o clock. The Vision also had to run home under her jib. I have to thank Mr Hay ward for the neatly-executed programme of. the O.Y.G's opening ceremony. The following verses, by Captain the tlon. Jj. G. Crofton, R N., concerning the rule of the road at sea, according to the Y.K.A., will be of interest:

When rounding a mark, the first in the race Must give to the second yacht plenty of space io pass the mark, nor jam her too near: bne must, by the rules, have room to round clear. The leader is only thus bound to give way If the other s not clear, and that is to say: bo close otrthe quarter that thus it may hap She has made what the yachting rules call f ' overlap. . Yery much good sense is pithily summed up m one of the concluding verses, which pay, indeed, have even wider significance in yacht-racing in future*:— Boats under sail, be they ever so small, I)o the same as if ships, e'en largest of all • The same rule applies to everything sailing: Hie same penalty goes to everything failing. The New York papers are making merry over the fact that the Britannia has been advertised for sale by a small American yacht agency, and not by any yacht agency m this country. Probably the advertisement was gratuitous, the information being derived from gossip in London; at least, that is the story current here on good authority. It was, of course, well known here that the Britannia could be bought at a price —infact it has beenso stated in these columns —and that the Prince of Wales would build a yacht somewhat after the Bona type and size. The New York journals facetiously regret that the Payne Bill will prevent a citizen of the United States availing himself of the opportunity of purchasing a yaoht owned by a " prospective king." The 'Field,'August 28.

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YACHTING., Issue 10458, 30 October 1897, Supplement

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YACHTING. Issue 10458, 30 October 1897, Supplement

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