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[By Spinnaker.] . TIDES. Taiaroa Head. Dunedin. a.m. p.m. a.m. pm. December 23 7.24 7.59 8.44 9.9 December 21 8.23 8.46 9.33 9.56 December 25 9.8 9.31 10.18 10.41 December 26 9.53 10.14 11.3 11.24 December 27 10.36 11.0 11.46 December 28 11.24 11.48 0.10 0.34 December 29 Good entries have been received irt the various events for the Port Chalmers regatta, and, given good weather, ihev should be a good turn out. In the third class yachts there are five entries, cruisers two entries, first class eight entries, whilo in the motors under 5 Ji.H.P. there are five entries, 5 and under 10 B.H.P. also fivo entries, and for 10 B.H.P. and over thero are eight entries, eo that with the exception of the cruisers' race' all may be said to be- well filled. This year, instead of charging for admission to the flagship, badges will bo sold whirh admit one person, whilo the proceeds will be handed over to the patriotic fund. Two or three weeks ago it was arranged that Komuri and Norana should cruise in company to Stewart Island, but for various reasons the joint cruise is off —-at least so far as Norana is concerned. In order to undertake an extended cruise of thia description the crews want to make their preparations at least a month or six weeks previously, so that tho actual crew may get an opportunity of getting hardened up on short trips outside. If bad weather is met, past Tecords have proved that it is always the crew who give out first, and many boats have got into trouble simplv on account of the crew giving out and Deing unable to handle their craft. On a trip of this description there are two parts of the outfit which should never bo omitted—viz., a sea anchor and a couyilo of oil bags. It is also advisable to keep well clear of the land, so that if the motor power breaks down the sea anchor may bo thrown overboard and repairs effected with perfect safety, even on the blackest of nights. It is wonderful how difficult it is to persuade some people that thero is moro safety off the land than there i» inshore. The reason for the safety off land is that, while undoubtedly the seas ar© bigger, they are more regular and less liable to break, and there is also no clanger of running ashore. Of course, at the same time, this offshore cruising calls for more skill in navigation, but provided one has a good compass, chart dividers, and a reliable log, there is not much difficulty. Th© carrying of oil bags is often scoffed at by those who have not had any experience in using them, but ask th© man who has had occasion to put them to use, and he will tell you that he would not be without them. The comfort experienced by two small oil bags when running before a heavy, •breaking sea needs to be experienced to be appreciated; and, again, when lying to a sea anchor or hove-to they make for comfort every time. There seems to be quite a storm in a teacup in Auckland at present over the formation of the Motor Boat Reserve. It seems that those who (ire member* of the Yachtsmen's Volunteer Naval Defenco Force object to the Motor Boat Reserve, Or, at least, take objection to the Now Zealand Power Boat Association taking the initial steps, and contend that any aquatic force which might be formed should be controlled by the Government as a naval force, and not by any individual club. Now, while there is quite a lot in the naval volunteers' contention, yet it must be admitted that the leading clubs in tho various centres can be of valuable assistance to the Defence Department in bringing forward suitable oouts manned by experienced crews, who would be able to carry out the duties allotted to them in a satisfactory manner. The dredging in the boat harbor has now been completed, and the now outside of th© retaining walb. The benefit which will accrue to the yachtsmen can best be gauged by a visit to the boat harbor when a stiff southerly is blowing. Once the yachts are inside the harbor the crews will be aible to carry out repairs in the wildest of weather.

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YACHTING NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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YACHTING NOTES Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914