The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69
The races for the various clubs of the Auckland Rowing Association, which were held as part of the Jubilee celebrations, did not prove as complete a success as was anticipated, as the fresh S.E. wind which prevailed during the afternoon caused a heavy roll on the northern side of the harbour, which proved too heavy for the light string-test gigs, and after one or two had been swamped, several of the races for this class had to be abandoned. The courses were laid from near the Calliope Dock to the Devon-port Wharf. The starter was Mr. J. F. Haultain, who, with the umpire (Mr. J. M. Brigham), had the use of the Permanent Force's torpedo boat, while the judge (Mr. G. S. Kissling) was stationed on one of the wharves. The details of the racing were as follow:—
Maiden Whaleboats.—Six crews—Waitemata, Hauraki, St. George's, Ponsonby, North Shore, ana City—competed, and were despatched about three p.m. to an even start, and a slashing race ensued. For half the distance all were well together, but as the wharf was neared, Ponsonby, Waitemata, and Hauraki drew ahead of the rest, and only half a length separated the three. A determined struggle to the post ensued, and resulted in favour of Ponsonby by about half a length, Hauraki being second, and Waitemata close up third. The winning crew was:—1. S. Bowden; 2. E. Taite;3. D. Cole; 4. J. Cole; P. W. Scott, stroke; J. Scott, steer-oar.
Champion Gig Race.—This was considered to be the event of the programme, but owing to the rough state of the water, the Auckland and two West End crews declined to start The field consisted of Waitemata, North Shore, Poverty Bay, and Ponsonby. The two latter swamped shortly after the start and both North Shore and Waitemata skipped a lot of water. The two latter kept a float and finished, but Waitemata had the advantage throughout, and won easily by several lengths. The Waitemata four comprised:—1. R. Moore; 2. G. Barrett; 3. T. O'Connor'; M. Keefe, stroke; P. Bailey, (cox.)
Dingy Race.—A. Bailey (Waitemata), H. Cooke (Ponsonby), R. Masefield (West End) started, but the race was a hollow affair, in Bailey speedily distanced his opponents, and won easily. Cooke did not finish.
Maiden Gigs (under 10 stone).—Of the seven crews entered all went out except the West End, but all were swamped at the post before they could be started. Waitemata baled out and went over the course, the starter protesting, as he considered the state of the water dangerous for gigs. The Waitemata crew was:—1, J. Philpot; 2, H. Bailey; 3, D. Dysart; E. Bailey, stroke; P. Bailey, cox.page 83
At this stage the Association Committee met and decided that, owing: to the heavy seas, no more gig events should be started, and the junior maiden and senior bona fide gig races and scullers' race were abandoned for the time, but to be rowed off on another day.