Last week Waimana was once more put into her native element in the very pink of condition, and sporting a. new suit of sails, and at Broad Bay regatta looked a picture. However, it may be soma little time before her sails arc. in perfect condition for racing. After her unfortunate accident at Port Chalmers regatta on Bmring Hay, Ripple was succcr-isfnlly raised and towed up to her slip at Bavensbourne. On a thorough inspection being made the damage was found to he less than was anticipated, and no doubt before long wo shall see her once more afloat in the pink of condition. The accident, however, deprived. Ripple’s crew of contesting two of the best races of the year. The racing at Broad Bay regatta on Row Year’s Day was on the whole a considerable improvement on that at Port Chalmers a week previous, not only on the number of starters, but also in the actual sailing. In the third class yachts all five boats started. Minnow, as usual, getting the best start, followed by Lennox Baas and Run a, and some time. later by Vera and Violette. .Minnow immediately started to walk array from the others in good stylo, the skipper sailing her to perfection. Buna and Vera gave up early, and so did Lennox Lars later on. thus leaving only Minnow and Violette to decide the destination of the two prizes, Violette winning on time allowance. Minnow judged the weight of the wind correctly, and was carrying the right sail, but Violette would have done better still had she had more sail and another hand' to keep her on her feet.. However, her generous allowance enabled her to win on time.
]ii the second -class Kileen was all on her own on account; of the. accident to the, Ripple, and the committee, sent her round the full course to work tor her prize. The powers that be undoubtedly; made a. mistake in nob promoting Minnow or Rtma in order to give her a light and a. chance to earn her prize. The First Class Yacht Race was composed of no less than nine starters, and it did one’s heart good in these days of tho all-conquering motor boat to see tearing down to tho starting line. Kellet led the bunch with Myro in masterly style, with Annis. Carina, Tuscana, Thelma, Janet, and Miti in close attendance, while Waimana and Matua were somewhat late. In Matua 1 s case there was some excuse, as some of her crew were sailing Violotte, and only finished a short time previous to the starting of the big race ; but it is something new to find the old champion late on the line. Tho surprise of the day was the splendid showing on the first three rounds of Annis, and until her foul with Thelma; while the snag so far as tho handicappers were concerned was Miti, which won first place. Tho second and third prizes are still subject to a. decision of the Sailing Committee.
In the small Motor Boat E«aco under 4 h.p. a most extraordinary thing happened. Tho boat which was leading turned the bank buoy instead of going right on the Cemetery Point buoy, with the result that all tho rest of the competitors did likewise. According to the racing rules every one of the competitors was disqualified for leaving the bank buoy to starboard instead of, as the rules distinctly stated, to port. Under the circumstances, of course, the judges decided to resail the race later on. Had even one of tho competitors paid strict attention to the sailing instructions tho race would have been his by simpiy following tho correct course. This bank buoy was also the cause of the protest by Thelma against Amiis. The latter boat was standing well outside the buoy, and on discovering her position she decked sheets and ran down, rounding up smartly between the buoy and Thelma, which was to leeward, and in doing so her main boom struck Thelma. A cording to one account Annis struck Thelma, forward of her main shrouds, which may or may not put Annis in the right, depending on how far off the boom was at the time of the foul. However, this will he a nice little point for the Sailing Committee or the association to decide.
[By Spinxakjeb.] TIDES. Taiaroa Head, Dunedin. a.m. p.m. a.m. p m. January 6 ... 6.5 6.29 •7.15 7.39 January 7 ... 6.53 7.17 8.3 8.27 January 8 ... 7.43 8.10 8.53 9.20 January 9 ... 8.58 9.6 9.48 10.16 January 10 ... 9.23 10.3 10.43 11.13 January 11 ... 10.52 11.3 11.42 — January 12 ... 11.54 — 0.13 0.44
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YACHTING NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15693, 6 January 1915