fßy Spinjjakeb.] Good entries were received for the sailing event m the club races on Saturday, and it did one’s heart good to see the “white wings’’ “jilling” about previous to tiie start, and one only hopes that tho same keenness will bo maintained right through tho season, and give the lie direct to the statement that the sailing yacht is passing away. Reels were lucked in on all the yachts on Saturday; why, goodness only knows! as there were no signs of wind at the start, and it was a case of shaking out almost immediately after crossing the line. Why will the various skippers hang or to their moorings until the last moment, instead of getting out early anil seeing what the wind is like? 5.15 is not an early start, and tho time taken would be amply repaid on a day like Saturday Owing to the loss of her mast last week Waimana was not present, and no doubt Myro’s crew missed their old opponent. However, she found a new one in the shape of Janet, and right well did she fill the cx-champicn’s place. Starting with a well-timed start at tho weather end of the line, she sailed a better race than she has done for some considerable time. Matua had the misfortune to be fouled on the starting line while- on the right tack, and had the delinquents been further up at the finish they would have been without doubt disqualified. Skipper Graham correctly held on, and handled the situation like a veteran, and his remarks were quite to the point. Handicaps are and will always he open to criticism, yet on Saturday one of tbs boats lost more than her time by being late over the line, and this is a point which very few skippers take into account when they offer opinions on the time they have received or require to give. Race after race it is the same old story. Officials don’t turn up, and the one or two “willing horses” get all the work, while the thanks are in the inverse ratio. Two officials carried out the arrangements on Saturday, and had their work cut out, but there will be trouble some day. Members accepting office are in duty bound expected to do their share. It was Tucana’s first race since she was altered, but unfortunately the weather did not give one a chance of judging as to tho improvement or otherwise. However, no doubt she will get an opportunity later on, and for tho sake of the sport it is to bo hoped that tho latest alterations have made her less erratic. After working late and early in order to compete, Calliope’s crew did not have much luck, and finally had to retire. All sorts of fuels seemed to be used in the motor boats recently, and one imagines it is time we reverted back to tho original name of “ smell boats.” Miller has got his new V-bottomed boat well under way, and is working long hours in order to get her afloat as soon as possible. Her lines are providing the critics with plenty of food for argument, but they can depend upon it that .Miller is not’building her to the “rule of thumb,” neither is a well-known American magazine responsible. Professor R. J. Scott was on a visit here last week, and placed an order with Miller Bros, for an 18ft centre-board dinghy, which ho intends using for deepsea fishing and also racing. She has 7ft beam, and will carry 150 square feet for outside work, and ’250 square feet, eet upon a- 30ft Marconi mast, for racing. Rumor has it that he was sounding one of his Yvonne crew ns to the possibility of sailing her as far as limaru.
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YACHTING NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914