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[By .SrowAKfß.]

The crew of the Myro are indeed keen sports, and their enterprise in joining the local fleet at Port Chalmers is to be commended, and was much appreciated by the Port Club. The crews of some ot the other yachts might take a. leaf out of gyro's book, and thus give the people "down below" a lift. , The best news of the week is that the Defenco Department has now recognised the motor-boat fleet, and have approved of the formation of a Motor-boat Reserve. This step seems to have been the outcome of the services rendered by motor boat owners in patrolling and transport service. Motor-boat Reserves have. been formed in Great Britain and France, and are now working as a unit of the respective Admiralty's. So mary men offered themselves and their cra>t that tho authorities had to refuse a cop sidorable number, but they had the satisfaction of knowing that thev'. had the pick of the fleet. In Auckland the New Zealand Power Boat Ass Kla.ti.iri are taking the matter in han 1, and I would suggest that the Otago W'..£ Club take the preliminary steps f ~c Otago Harbor. Owners will be, given a commission, and their names will appear in the Army List, and they .vi'l be amenable to the same reguhti ms '<s Territorial officers. According to particulars, all applicants must state longer of service with motor boats, adlies*. nationality, and age, also full pa-ttcjhrs of launch, horse-power, speed, sk-nning and carrying accommodation, a:id ib.y must also state names of second .u command and engineer. The boats will be classed as follows :—Speed boats, crir. 'tis, fast cruisers, and large cruisers. Tho Auckland Reserve have r.u-ady got under way. but so far as on* is able to gather no particulars have 'iecn gvor. out hero. No information is available as to tho qualification for a commission, but it would seem essential for those in command on the large cruisers that they have had experience in taking cross bearings, laying courses, and working "dead" reckoning," and, in fact, general navigation. It would also be advisable that the second in command hold these qualifications. The boats called out for servico will be paid for. but the amount seems to be veiled in obscurity. In the Old Country the boats are given gratis, but the crows receive the following pamper day :—Lieutenant 10s, sub-lioutenant Ss, engineer 5s 6d, and motor boat men 2s 6d, while all are allowed a daily mess allowance. Fuel, oil, and stores are provided" by the Admiralty, and it would seem that preference- was given to vessels running in kerosene <sr heavy oil; and this is not to be surprised at, seeing that the Admiralty look askance at the benzine engines, and even kerosene engines starting on benzine. Again, the British Admiralty indemnifies owners against loss and damage of their boats, provided always that such loss or damage is sustained during the time the boat is under their orders. Truly the crew of the Adelaide are. having* bad luck this season. Some three weeks" ago she was run into, with the result that some of her deck planking had to be renewed. Again during the past week she received undue familiarity from some craft. This time the damage is of more serious nature, as a considerable amount of tho deck planking has been started, the coach-roof coaming sprung, and several port lights smashed. The Otago Yacht and Motor Boat Club hold their annual harbor race for motor boats on Saturday. The race will be on tho " Mark Fo'v system of starting. The first boat will be* sent off at 2.30 p.m. The course is from the wharf via steamers' channel, round beacon off Millers' yard, Carey Bay, and return. Entries close with the secretary at 5 p.m. on Friday.

TIDES. , Taiaroa Head. Dunedin. a.m. p.m. ■ a.m. p m. December 9 7.25 7.50 8.55 9.0 December 10 ' 8.17 8.45 9.27 .9.55 December 11 9.10 9.35 10.20 10.45 December 12 10.2 10.27 11.12 11.37 December 13 10.53 11.22 — 0.3 December 14 11.50 — 0.32 1.0 December 15 0.18 0.46 1.28 1.56

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YACHTING NOTES, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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YACHTING NOTES Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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