BROAD BAY REGATTA
PROCEEDS FOR THE BELGIANS.
STIFF BREEZE FOR YACHTS
Although the -Breather was certainly somewhat unpromising yesterday morning, the ferry steamers took big loads down t!ie harbor, the heaviest debarkation being at Broad Bay, where tho annual regatta, -was being held under the new title of the Belgian relief regatta, meaning, as sufficiently indicated, that the proceeds were being* devoted towards the relief of distressed Belgians. Tho tale of suffering has been so often told that it does not need repeating, and it is also time that the public have hern appealed to so frequently that the givl with the familiar Belgian colors anj a collection "bore aria an irresistible appeal to " pay, pay, pay" is no uncommon sight. Even so, no one attempted to escape tho onslaught on the pier and the foreshore yesterday, and the enthusiastic band of collector and badgeeellers reaped a great harvest, even though the attendance was hardly as large as usual; With a tidy sum already safely on deposit, a good".response from everybody all day yesterday and a handsome amount raised by means of a concert in the evening, there should be something approaching if not more than £IOO to hand to tho Belgian Consul for transmission to the distressed ones. Tfc was a wellplanned effort; and one *\vhieh was ensured of the success which follows unlimited enthusiasm. . As for the regatta itself, it furnished a capital day's sport, and even if the wind was a trifle cold and at- times biting those who lined the foreshore and banks were more than repaid by the splendid view of tho yachts making swift passages in a choppy'water. The big. first class yachts, indeed, presented a niaahifieenfc sight as they dashed over the line with canvas stretched out full/ and a photographer would have made a big scoop had he been furtunate enongh to time a snap. Ine niotor boats also turned out in full force, and tho various races were contested keenly and in fine sporting spirit. Tli© flagship officials were, experienced hands, and from Mr J. E. Galbraith (the president) downwards ■■ worked strenuously in order that there should bo no hitch of any kind. Tho various races were sailed we'll up to time, and there were no vexatious delays of any kind. The following are the results : YACHTS. Third Class.—£2 10s and silver cup preseated by Mr E. Soilness; £l. Violette (Byrne and Co., 26nun), lh 19min 29sec. * Minnow (R. Mahs, scr), Ih 23mm Msec 2 Also started : Lennox Lass, Runa, and Vera. All entered started. Minnow leading out, followed bv Lennox Lass, Runa, Vera, and Violet to. 'Early in the race Minnow established a commanding lead, and when on tho first round Vera carried away her backstay and retired. Minnow was well in front at the. completion of the first round, then came Lennox La-ss and Violett-% Runa having had to give up previously. At the completion of the third round the wind freshened considerably, and Lennox Lass also retired, leaving Minnow and Yiolette to complete the course. The freshening breeze* apparently suited tho Violette, who managed, to pave hey allowance, thus gaining first place. In tho Cruisers, Second Class, and Unballasted Yacht Race Watson and Co.'s Eileen was the only starter, and she completed the course. " The Ripple could not start owing to having met. with an accident at Port Chalmers. First Class.—£B and coil of yacht line presented by Mr J. E. Galbraith, £3, £1 10s. Miti (Smith and Co., 15min) 1
Annis (A. Lewis, 6min 3Qssc) Tucaria (E. A. Davis, scr) ..
Th* result is subject to a protest lodged by the Thelma against the Annis. All entered started in the following order':—-Myro, Annis, Carina, Thelma, Tucaria, Janet, Miti, Matua, and Wairnana. All began reefed down. It was a good start, with the exception of Mataa, and Wairnana, which commenced a little late. After turning the ke buoy Annis passed Myro, and the order on the beat up was Annis, Myro, Tucana, Thelma, Carina, Janet, Miti, Wairnana, and Matua, this being maintained in the succeeding two rcirnds. During the beat on the third round Tucana took the lead, and Myro, fouling the buoy, retired, as did Wairnana a little later. The Tucana steadily increased her lead, and Thelma slipped into second position, and the fleet crossed the line in the following order:—Tucana, Thelma, Annis, Miti. Cbrina, Janet, and Matua. It was a fairly fast race, and excited the keenest interest. MOTOR BOATS. 4 h.p. and under 8 h.p. £5, £2, and £l. Doris (A. Challis, 2minf, 40min 58sec 1 Rawhitiroa (E. Souness, 6min), 41mfn ssec 2 Marguerita (C. Wilkie, 2min), 41min 9sec 3 Also started : Patience (scr), Arawa (2min 30sec), Palmer (4min 30see), Waitiri (6min), Grace Darling (smiu), Maihara (7min 30sec), Te Huia (arnin). There were 10 starters, those who failed to appear being Nell, Helene, and Zealandia. Marguerita was first over the line, and led to tho buoy at «»Hiaraivtine Island, but shortly afterwards she was overhauled by Doris, and these two raced practically neck and neck to tho finish, Doris winning a good race by Usee, Rawhitiroa, who lost a minute at the start, displacing Marguerita for second place by 4sec. The handicaps worked out very well, the first seven boats finishing within a minute and a-half. Under 4 h.p.. £4, £2, and £l. Once round. : Huana (C. Reynolds, 2min) 1 Waterwitch (L. C. Gooch, 3min 30sec) 2 Hope (11. Cardno, 3min) , ... 3 Also started : Athol (scr), Rose (scr), Rewi (3min), Iris (3min 40sec). Athol, who was in the lead almost all throughout, crossed the line first, with Rose second. 8 h.p. and over. £7 £3, and £l. Twice round. Vanguard «(Coleman Bros., 17min), Hi 7miu 41sec ... 1 Norana (C. Sundstrum, 19min 30sec), lh llmin lOseo ... 2 Eureka (J. M'Pherson, 21minj, lh 13min llsec 3 The dinghy races resulted : Boys : A. Finlay 1, A. Burt*2. Girls : Lena Geddis 1, Doris Eldridge 2The day's sport was concluded before 5 p.m., which shows that there was nothing wanting with the .management. Everybody appeared well satisfied.
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BROAD BAY REGATTA, Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915