By White AVings.
The Ota'go Yacht Cliab's annual social and presentation of prizes will lake place on Jiino 26. The hon,. secretary of tho club courteously forwards me a ticket, which I gratefully acknowledge. It. is reported that when the Cup defender Reliance sails against Shamrock 111 in August jliev crow will be made up of 46 Norwegians, four Swedes, and ono Dane, Her first mate will be Christopher Cliristianstein, and the captain C. Ban-. As Earr is a Scotchman, there scorns nothing American, about tlio boat hut Rcliance herself. One of the several features, about the challenger for tlio America Cup, Shamrock 111, is her main sheet, which is of wire rope. This is the first time wire lias been used in this' connection on board any of the yachts engaged in the contest for the famous Cup.
Comparing tlio new ehallenger and tho new defender of tho America Cup with their immediate predecessors, a writer in tho London Express remarks that Shamrock 111 has a finer bow, increased sail area, increased beam, and greater length than Shamrock "IT; while lieliane? is lower in the water, slightly blunter in tho bow, has increased pail area and beam, and is of greater length than Columbia.
Shamrock HI is to be steered by a wheel, like her opponent, instead of a tiller. The Earl of Shaftesbury, at the launching ceremony, remarked that those who believed in omens would 110 doubt bo interested to noto that this, tlio third of the Shamrocks, was launched on tlio third day of the third week of the third month of tho third year of the century.
A number of the Frazer hollow spruce spars wore ordered for Shamrock 111 from tlio Whitestono Spar and Boat Company, of Whitestone Landing, Long Island, Now York. The wood that these spars aro said to 'be mado of is lighter for its strtmsyth than any to bo found in Knglaiul. ! Mr W, the designer cf Shamrock 111, is lie agent for the Frazer spars in England, and has fitted them with great- 'success in several of his boats, including Magdalen, Nynma, Piecolo, and Sorats 11. There liavc boon a few instances when the (.pars have failed, but tho crushing or breaking has generally, if not invariably, boon tlio result of improper slaying, or owing to the sparß being ordered too small in diameter. In 1901 Frazcr spars were mado for some of the America Chip yachts, when their weight was as follows:— Topsail yard, length 60ft 6in, diameter lOin, weighing +331b; topsail yard, length 54-ft, diameter 9Jin, weight 2681b; spinnaker boom, length 78ft, diameter 13in, weight 10581b. . ■
Sir Thomas Lipton has insured Shamrock 111 fcr 12 montto for £20,000, against £12,000 effected on tho previous challenger, Shamrock 11.
FOOTBALL. Br Fnu Back. THE RUGBY INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, 1902-3. The following is the result:— Plytl. Wan. Dru. Lost. Pnte. For. Agst, Scotland 3 3' 0 0 6 19 6 Wales ~ 3 2 0 1 4 3D 11 Ireland ~ 3 1 0 22 6 21 England ~.3.0 0 3 0 11 37 Harrison, an ex-Kaitangala player, played a very safe game at bade for Northern,, his kicking being clean and his tackling very effective. Haynes kicked well, but was too slow in taeldiug, With a fow more Saturday* in his new place, however, lie should make a good bade. Wickham, a elever New South Wales Rugby player well remembered by the last Now Zealand team which visited Sydney, and particularly so by two of its mcmberc— Duncan of Otago and Orchard of Canterbury—is this year captain of Western Suburbs, Finley, the plucky little scrum half who toured New Zealand with the last New South WalC3 team, is playing up to tile scrum for North Sydney. Others of tho Now_South Wales combination.remembered in .New Zealand are:—A. Verge, full hack for University; H. Judd, forward for Newtown ; Vic. Harris, five-eighths, and A. Burden, forward, for Globe. ~ 'The New South Wales Rugby Union, finding that .the insurance of players was continued last year at a heavy premium, and that the players and secretaries of teams did not- follow out the rules of tho insurance company's policy, proposes this year to c* tablisli a medical fund, and lo endow it with £150 and 5 per cent, of (ho gross receipts from all matches. Tho principal clause roads:—"The Managing Committee shall nominate doctors -for eaeh district, whose services must he availed of by an injured player. In eases of extreme urgency the services of any doctor may be availed of, but such cases must be at once notified to the lion, secretary of the union, together with the nemo of the doctor whose services have been requisitioned and a full explanation of tlie circumstances and injuries received."
Dr A. N. Fell, of Edinburgh University, a New Zealander by birth, played threequnrters for Scotland in the International football match England v. Scotland at llichniond. The press reports of the match fay that, "thanks to hi? great pace, Fell was seen to advantage, and. once his speed saved Scotland when a seoro seemed almcst certain." Fell's Jiiie running throughout earned gis>at praise and (lid much towards Scotland's ultimate winning of the match, In reference to the event the Globe fays';—'"lt has often,boon claimed by enthusiastic followers of football that nothing 11101 c enconragcs the excellent spirit of local patriotism than international games. The game Jotwewi •England and Scotland on Saturday was a fine instance. All the four three-quarters on the Scotch side—and who so proud of his country as the Scotsman?—came from the colonies: Australia, Tasmania, and Ne\y Zealand. Diluted Scotch."
On difc that the Scottish Internationals, Foll.'Timms, and West, may alt end (heir Edinburgh University careers, and as Mark Morrison, the captain, talks of, retiring there may bo eeveral changes next season in the Scottish fifteen—young though it is as a whole.
A6\H meeting of the committee of the Canterbury Rugby Union a letter waG received from the West Const Union stating tlmt they were endeavouring to arrange for a series of intorprovinclal matches, and asking whotitbr the Canterbury Union would send.a team -to play a return match if the West Coast Union cent a team to Christdiur<|h. It was .Iccidcd to reply flint it would bo impossible to entertain the offer as far as the present year was concerned.
N. Kelly, the ex-Wellington representative, is Ibis year playing five-oighths for Graf ton, which club also elaims e.':-otago player Scobis Mackenzie.
, Cunningham, the burly Auekhnder who was the northern representative team's lock man last year, is now in tho Upper Thaanos district, and will bo unable to play for City this season. M'Guiro, who played in several of the games last year, will fill tho gap.
George Smith, the Auckland crack threequarter and hurdle champion, basides retiring from the cinder path, has also made up hw mind to give up football. "Hunger" Row, who played a season of Rugby football in Wellington, and returned to New South Wales a couple of years or so ago, where hp played for North Sydney, has retired from the gamo this season. Harold Judd, the finest forward in tho New South Wales, team which toured NewZealand two seasons ago, has resigned tho captaincy of Newt-own (Sydney) Senior Fifteen.
Two New Zealanders, E. Glasson, a forward, and IT, Oliphant, a wing three-quarter, are likely (says a Sydney paper) to be found -playing for South Sydney this season. The New Zealand Rugby team which ie to visit New South Wales in July will, in addition to other matcks, play a combined team of Australia in Sydney. A combined team of Australia practically means New South Wales and Queensland, as tho Rugby Same is not played to any oxtont in AustraJia outside of these two States.
• Arthur Cripps, who recently won tho Middle-weight Boxing Chaaipionahip of Australia, ia 9. playing member of tho Glcbo Rusby football team in Sydney. . The New South Wales Selection' Committee consists of Messrs J. F. Maemanamcy, H. D. Wood, and J. R. HendersonThe Metropolitan Selection Committee consists of Messrs James M'Mahon, I, C. O'Donnell, and Allan Scott. The English Ruyby Union is sending a team to South Africa this year, starting from England about Juno 20. . To those members of th# proposed team who have never been in South .Afrioa, "Judex," in the Sportsman, vouches tha/t<thcy mil have a delightful and interesting tour, for, now that the war is' happily ended, South Africa is'
a place full of interest. The Rugby Union he considers must send out a thoroughly representative side, for Rugby football in South Africa is a'national sport, and thoy can put "a thundering good team in the field. The Yjlla-gors, near Capetown, and the Wanderers,' at Johannesburg, arc WO. clubs who give a good game to—or evon beat—our best Euglieli clubs. Ahe la>t English team was beaten by o° ut)l Africa when they played on the Capetown ground.
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YACHTING NOTES., Otago Daily Times, Issue 12662, 14 May 1903
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