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YACHTING NOTES

[By SrrxN'ASJtß.] TIDES. Taiaroa Hoad. Dunedin, a.m. p.m. a.m. p m. January 15 ... 0.6 0.c.6 1.16 1.46 January 14 ... 1.6 1.3d 2.16 2.43 January 15 ... 2.5 2.32 5.20 3.42 January 16 ... 2.50 5.26 4.9' 4.05 January 17 ... 5.51 4.16 5.1 5.26 January 18 ... 4.c8 5.0 5.d0 6.10 January 19 ... 5,22 5.43 6.32 6.53 After being delayed from proceeding last week. Konutri set out from Broad Bay on Sunday afternoon tor Stewart Island with the intention ot cruising there for a week or two. Early on Monday morning she ran into a summer gale off Wat papa Point, and was forced to run for "shelter into Waikawa. all. however. being well. Perhaps a few further comments on the sailing at Broad Bay may not bo cut. of place. In the sailing events it %as noticed that the scratch boats were Best across the line, which, of course, is as it should be, so that they may be llear of the fleet right from the start instead of having to work up through it with the possibility of being hampered by some of those to whom she or ] they have to give time. I remember <eemg, some years bad;, a vase of this j in Sydney Harbor. The scratch boat ws? practically last across the line, and while in an out-and-out, race die could beat any one of the other competitors. ■ vet in this particular instance she v, as ?-• hampered (no doubt purposely) that | ah*' had absolutely no , hauce of clearing | the handicaps she was expected to give. Another incident took place, and one to which attention has been -ailed to previously in this column, and that was the way some of the skippers approached : the lee mark. it is one ot the first I axioms of vacht racing to keep well off , (the lee mark and then round an smartly I »ti the weather side. At Broad Bay j Annis was running down to the Brassy Point mark clo.wly followed by Myro; Amis kept the buoy close aboard, with bie result that on rounding sh» goner'.iislv allowed just sufficient room between :he tmov and herseif for Myro. Keilet. of Myro. must have been looking for this incident, a? he immediately took advantage of it and placed his boat in a position to luff Anuis all over the •nurse bad he wisher! to do so, beside gaining at Vast two boat lengthy by the mana-uvre. | Timaim, although losing firs' place. j sailed one of the. best races she has done; for some considerabl- rime, and the re- j cent improvements seem to have clone her considerable good on the wind, while j running she was certainly no worse. 'Hum handicapncrs seem to have a good opinion i of her capabilities, as .-Iw was scratch i boat alongside Myro and Waitnana. At; the beginning of the season and previous i V' the annual regattas the position of hsndicnppers goes practically a begging ;

then those unfortunate individuals who, probably more by good nature rather than a desire to gain renown, accept office see their handicaps, which are made up honestly and to the best of their ability, look very silly. Comparisons are odious (to some people), but wo have to make them in yacht racing. Take, for instance, the recent performances of three boats, which we will call A B and C just in case there be any thin-skinned individuals about. In one' race B beats A across the finishing line by over five and a-linlt minutes, and in the next race B is beaten by A by over 11 minutes. Again, on a short course, A beats C by eight minutes, while over a much longer course C is only five minutes astern of A at the finish. Truly if there he a man about who can frame a handicap so as to give respectable finishes on corrected times he should be kept in a glass case, as he would indeed bo a “ rara avis.” I have a letter in this week from Skipper [.each, of Ripple, commenting on the accident at Pod Chalmers. He desires to thank the following through this column for valuable assistance rendered to himself and crew ;—Messrs H. F<. Mnller. T. Sonness, .T. APPherson, T. Harridge. J. Murray, Hatfield. Percy, Lewis, Mr ami Mrs 11. Percy and family, also the crow of Thelma and Buna. Mr Leach describes the accident, but I am sure lie will understand me when I sny that the question of responsibility cannot be entered into in this column.

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YACHTING NOTES, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915

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YACHTING NOTES Issue 15699, 13 January 1915

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