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\ THE NEW ZEALAND AMATEUR ROWING ASSOCIATION. [By Ocr Own Reporter.] WELLINGTON, November 12. To-night's meeting of the New Zealand Amateur Rowing Association saw some keen fighting on several important questions. Tho interest evoked by several matters on the order paper was plainly shown by the fact that every affiliated club except one was represented, and in every case the vote taken was a full one. Although the Ravensbourne Boating Club's application for affiliation -was not strictly within _ the rules, the meeting waived the' omissions and unanimously agreed to the club's election. The contest for the office of secretary and treasurer was not as close as was anticipated, and Mr W. C. Marter (last year's offiqer) was elected by the substantial majority of 48 votes to 16. For the local officership of the Association in Otago Messrs J. James and F. W. P. Jackson were proposed, and after some discussion Mr James was elected by 35 votes to 26. A great battle took place on the question of the'selection of the course for this season's annual championship regatta. The Wanganui delegate proposed that Wanganui River be chosen asthe course. Mr .Mitchell {Otago Rowing Club) moved as an amendment that the 1898 championship regatta be held at or near Dunedin on March 23, 1898, the Jubilee of the foundation of the Settlement cf Otago. He described the -various. courses that Otago had to offer, on -all of which good water could be obtained. As to priza money, the Dunedin people would not offer less than £SO for the Champion Fours, and the other prizes would be in proportion. The constitution of the N Z.A.R A. set out that one of its objectß was to foster and encourage amateur rowing in New Zealand, and he contended that this end could only be accomplished by making a change in the locality of the championship regatta.—Mr Batkin (representing the Hokitika Club) seconded the amendment. He said he looked upon the Picton course as the very best available in New Zealand ; but this was a special occasion, and he urged the Association to make an exception this year in favor of Otago.—Several delegates urged that the Lake Waihola course should be definitely fixed upon, but the meeting thought that the seleption of the course should be left to the Otago clubs to settle amongst themselves:—A number of the delegates str&ngly condemned the Wanganui River course as being an unfair one.—The discussion pro and con .about the two courses was a very animated pne, but it was carried on in the best possible'spirit. On a vote being taken, Otago was chosen as against Wanganui by 43 votes t0,.21. : 7

The selection of Otsgo then became the substantive motion, and to this the Blenheim delegate radyed as an amendment that the Picton course be decided on, but this was rejected by 46 votes to 18, and Otago was therefore selected as the locality for the ensuing sewon's champion regatta. , A difficulty^here arose as. to the date, owing 'to the fact that: at a meeting of the Association held at Picton at Easter a resolution was carried affirming that the champion mgatta should be held on a date not later than the 17th March in each year. It was ruled that vuhtil this motion was rescinded the-date could not be fixed for the 23rd March, It was tberefortf decided

l t —^i? 'fatalil meeting of the Association about five, weeks-hence for the purpose of "B°i" d this-inotion. In the meantime 23rd'' was struok out of Mr MitohellV motion, and the date ia thus left open ior tie tine being. The.feeling bf the meeting was'distinctly in favor of of Ofcago's "Jubilee being fixed on, but, in face of the resolution passed at the Picton meeting: the only course open to the delegates was to leavo the, definite selection of the date to be made by a speoial meeting. It is worthy of mention that the only club not represented at the meeting was the Picton Plowing Club, which may be regarded as an indication, that the Picton people thepriselves have, no desire "to "run" this season's big aquatic gathering. The success of the Otago. delegates on the regatta question and the re-election of .Mr James as the local representative for 0:ago were most enthusiastically received by the meeting. ..'_ ' .. ;.

The regular monthly meeting of the Ravensbourne Boating Club was held in the Boatshed on Monday evening. In (he absence of the President, Mr Barker was voted to the chajr. The balance-sheet of the club's concert was laid before the Committee, and passed, the.'latter expressing pleasure at the result. The, secretary was instructed to write and thank the Mornington Minstrels for the gratuitous entertainment. The secretary reported what had been done in' the way of joining! the N Z. A. R. A. and the O.R. A , and his actions were approved of. The resignation of Mr J. Kellett was accepted .with regret. Mr R; Montgomery was elected in his stead. MrH. E. Moller was appointed delegate to the Otago Rowing Association. Four mem--hers were elected. ......

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ROWING., Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement

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ROWING. Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement

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