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The Otago Yacht Clnb opened their season on Saturday afternoon under circumstances which were not the most favorable that could be desired, the weather being showery, with occasional stiff southerly squalls, which prevented a number of the smaller craft taking part. Shortly after half-past three, however, several yachts made their appearance in the Upper Harbor, and the steam launches Gordon and Goldfinch, - each haying a goodly number of ladies • and gentlemen on hoard, left the cross ' wharf and headed the yachts in a short cruise down the harbor. The order of the yachts ;was:—Anonyraa (with the’ commodore, Mr S. Myers, oh hoard), Thelma (with the vicecommodore?'Mr S. S. Bannister, on board), Leader, Adelaide,-White Wings, Matajsana, Altanta, Geip, Waterwitch, JRnyu, and Violet. After having gone once round the prescribed course, most of the yachts being close-reefed, the .commodore signalled •* double file/-’ and in that form, 1 or as pearly as was possible with a stiff wind blowing, another short praise was wade. After about an Jump had beep

thus spent the yachts came tp moorings off the D. A.B.’a shed,'to which the crews and also _ the passengers from „ the launches repaired for afternoon tea.. Over 200 ladies and gentlemen partook of .'refreshments. During tho proceedings the commodore, in a short speech, declared the yachting, season for 1897-98 open. A musical programme was then gone through, the- following taking part Messrs M'Donald, mandoline and guitar, duet; Mr Lily, solo ‘Anchored’; Misses Brookes, duet * Would that my love’; Mr W, Smith, ‘Love’s serenade’; Miss Read, ‘Woodland serenade’; Mr A. J. Bloxam, * ‘ The clang of the forge ’; and Mr D. A. De Mans sang a couple of comic songs. Mrs Murphy played the accompaniments, and the concert was very successful and highly enjoyable. The catering arrangements were Satisfactorily carried out by the Covent Garden Company.

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OPENING OF THE YACHTING SEASON., Issue 10459, 1 November 1897

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OPENING OF THE YACHTING SEASON. Issue 10459, 1 November 1897

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