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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

The Regatta of 1851

The Regatta of 1851.

The following year's regatta (1851) was remarkable for one or two features, more especially the canoe races, which were the best ever held on the waters of the Waitemata. At noon the beautiful barque Novelty delivered a Royal salute in honour of the day. The events recall some well-known names. The first race, for decked boats under 25 tons, was won by the Gnome, Pilot 2, Napi 3. Sculling Race (Amateurs), won by Adjutant Cooper, 58th Regiment, whose Enigma beat Mr. Hay's Sandfly and Captain Daldy's Union. There was no watermen's race, the appearance of a new and beautiful boat, Union (Langley's) causing them to throw up the sponge. In the watermen's boats race (pair sculls) the Union beat Wright's Charlotte and Hawke's Nancy. In the race for cargo boats or boats working for hire, not under six tons, six boats were objected to by some of the fastest cargo boats as having half-decks and hatches, and they refused to compete in consequence. Only one open cargo boat (Mr. Henderson's John and Rebecca) had the hardihood to try her powers, and won the prize, for fortune favours the brave. The Four-oared Gig Race (amateurs) was exciting, a new gig, the Sylph, having been built by the Waitemata Club for the express purpose of beating the Alphabet. The former was defeated. The Alphabet was pulled by Messrs. Brath-waite, T. Lewis, A. and J. Johnston,—coxswain, Mr. C. Young; the Sylph by Messrs. Thompson, Schultz, Smith, and Budden,—coxswain, Mr. Harris.