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[By Spinnaker.] TIDES.

While watching tho Corinna leaving tho wharf the other Sunday I noticed what might have been a bad accident. One of tho skimmers was sailing about tho basin, and as tho Corinna was canting she proceeded right across the steamer's wake, in spito of tho friendly warning bellowed forth bv Corinna's skipper—luckily without accident. The wind, which happened to be light at tho time, was blowing right across tho steamer's wake, and it would only have required an extra puff to capsize, and was a most foolish action, especially with ladies aboard. Nothing causes the capsize of a centreboard boat easier than a steamer's wake acting on the lco side and the force of tho wind on the sails. An accident of this description was reported in ono of the Home magazines not so long ago, the result of which was tho drowning of four persons. Considerable doubt seems to exist in tho minds of some of the yachting men as to the right to fly the blue ensign and the privileges attached thereto. This ensign, properly speaking, is an Admiralty flag, but the right to fly it is conferred by them on several bodies, such as the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Naval Volunteers, and notably quite a number of yacht clubs. Yacht clubs desiring permission to fly this flag must, in the eyes of the Commissioner of tho Lord High Admiral, havo a certain standing, and who. if satisfied, will grant a warrant authorising that the blue ensign be worn aboard vessels of that particular club. This warrant, however, is only of a general nature, and does not give tho individual members tho right. In order to get individual permission an owner must bo a British-born or else a naturalised British subject, and requires to have his boat measured for registered tonnage by the Customs, and this tonnage must be carved on one of the main beams of his vessel. He then applies to the secretary of his club, forwarding certificate of registration, who in turn sends tho roquest to the Admiralty, and, provided the regulations have been satisfied, the warrant for this particular vessel is issued. Should he be fortunate enough to own several boats, a warrant is required for each vessel. Flying this flag without the warrant may (provided the Customs officers are keeping their weather eye open) lead to a very heavy fine. At the present time permission to fly the blue ensign has been withdrawn by the Admiralty from all tho yacht clubs, and consequently all warrants aro for the time being void". Tho privileges attached to this ensign are. so far as New Zealand is concerned, practically nonexistent, but if visiting foreign ports it is a valuable asset, commanding courtesy alike from Customs authorities and harbor officials, the non-payment of harbor dues, and entrance into the leading clubs of the various ports. Yachts flying the blue ensign take precedence over all boats flying tho rod onsign in naval pageants and ceremonies of a like nature.

Taiaroa Head. Droned in. a.m. p.m. a.m. p m. December 2 . . 1.46 2.7 2.56 3.17 December 5 . . 2.29 2.52 3.39 4.2 December 4 . . 3.17 3.41 4.27 4.51 December 5 . .. 4.5 4.30 5.15 5.40 December 6 . . 4.55 5.19 6.5 6.29 December 7 . . 5.43 6.8 6.53 7.18 December 8 . . 6.54 7.0 7.44 8.10

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YACHTING NOTES, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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YACHTING NOTES Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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