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ROYAL WELSK YAOHT CLUB !i llJ n'l'J ,')1 .L 1 ) u, HEG ATLA. The Royal Welsh Yacht Club Regatta lie., 1,1 become an established htGt, having been uninter- ruptedly celebrated at Carnarvon for the b,t thirty five years, and every year gaining in popu- larity. This celebrated club is under the imme- diate patronage of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales: its Commodore being Sir Llewelyn Turner, of Parcian; vice-commodore, Mr P. A. Lloyd hon. secretary, Mr C. A. Jones, solicitor. Commodore Sir Lbwclyn, as well as the honorary secretary of this club, have identified themselves with every public movement tending to maintain the celebrity of their ancient native town. What- ever appertains to the marine and other interests of Carnarvon, finds an indefatigable supporter in Sir Llewelyn Turner, and the manner in which he discharged his duties as commodore on the present occasion was characterised by his usual skill aud actiVity, As Ü. as the number of visitors is concerned, this ear's regatta showed a favourable comparison with that of any of the previous years competing crafts however, were not so numerous. This is accounted by the fact that the unfavourable weather for the holding of the Kingstown Regatta last week necessitated the postponement of the annual regattas of the Royal Alfred Club, as well as the Royal St. George Club till Monday, thus preventing many yachts that always run at Car- narvon from coming here on the present occasion. Great interest was manifested in the proceed- ings, and the spacious promenade, from the Vic- toria Pier to Tynycei, was thronged by eager spectators. The elite of the town and.surrounding neighbourhood graced the decorated balcony of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club House, and adjoining walls, whilst the straits were literally studded by steam and sailing yachts, sailing boats, &c., most of which were adorned from stem to stern by an abundant display- of bunting. H.M.'s gunboats Goshawk and Cro.ncr arrived in the straits, the former having on board the members of the Bangor R.N.A. Volunteers, and the latter those of Liver- pool and Southport. Both gunboats were extensively decorated with a variety of flags. The commodore's pennant was hoisted at the main mast of the Goshawk. Amongst; others we noticed the following yachts, &c anchored in the straits before the starting hour: —Goshawk, Lieutenant Suckling; Cromer, Lieu- tenant Bolitha Phantom, 27 tons, Mr Charles A. Jones; Fiona, 5 tons, Mr J. P. de Winton Ro- berta, late Shulah, 20 tons, Jfr R. Parnell; Alumina, 14 tons, Captain Bullock Minnow, 10 tons, Mr P. A. Lloyd, vice-commodore R.W.Y.C; Wonderful. 10 tons, Mr T. Wynn Eyton Nimble Thimble, 4 tons, Captain Owen Thomas; Qui Vive, 15 bus, Mf Pooloy: Queen, 15 tons, Mr F. R. Davies, K.J.J.; Adeona, 165 tons, Mr J. F. Hutton; Morna s.s., 10 tons, Mr William Turner; Flying Scud, 63 tons. Mr W. C. Hogan; Norseman, 206 tons, Mr S. Platt; Fay. 64 tons, Miss Fazakarley; Osprey. 13 tons. Mr Richard Young; Dotterel s.s., 35 to., Mr Albert Wood; Harlequin, 102 tons. Mr P. Stoics: Lorelei, 5 tons, Mr T. Wynn Evton Caroline, 35 tons, Mr J. B. Baldwin; Menai s.s., 79 tons, Captain W. H. Owen. For yachting purposes, the weather proved a complete failure. There was scarcely a breath of wind prevailing during the earlier part of the day, and the scores of flags decorating the yachts, •> lblic budding, &c., remained waveless. How- tICI" w.rh the rising of the tide, a faint W.S.W. breeze sprung up shortly after nine o'clock, and uopes were entertained that it would gradually increase, so as to enable the yachts to make a start; but unfortunately a dead lull took place at that hour. This state of affairs continued for about three quarters of an hour, when a second fresh came round, and a start effected. The course for ten and five tonners was about 15 miles in length, and was round the chequer buoy to the bar, and thence to the flagboat, finishing inside the flagship. For the twenty tOnners the course was twenty-four miles in extent, starting at the stations, and from thence to the pillar buoy on the bar, leaving it on the starboard hand, and thence round the flagboat off Plas Brereton, leav- ing it on the starboard hand, and thence round the chequer buor, leaving it on the starboard hand, a'ain round the flagship off Plas Brereton, leaving it on the starboard hand, and finishing inside the flagship. RNST CLASS YACHTS' MATCH. The Phantom, Carnarvon, 27 tons, owned by Mr C. A. Jones, R.W.Y.C., and the Roberta (late Shulah), Carmarthen, 21 tons, owned by Mr R. Parnell, R.W.Y.C., were the only yachts entered in this match for a first prize of a puise of £ 30, and a second prize of £ 10. The match was opened to yachts exceeding 20 tons, belonging to any royal or recognised yacht clubs. The slip signal, fired on board the goshawk, was given shortly after one o'clock, and both cutters immediately commenced to tack their way for the bar. The Roberta led out, but was obliged, owing to the dying out of the breeze to put down her kedge. The crew of the Phantom also found it necessary to adopt this course, so as to prevent drifting down the straits. After remaining in their respect;ve positions for about half an hour, the breeze freshened, and both succeeded in standing out for the bar. Having reached the bight at Belan, the wind again died out, and both yachts had to drop their kedges. The Roberta, fortunately caught a good southern breeze, and availing herself of the opportunity soon entered the bar, leaving the Phantom in a dead calm on the other side of the straits. Some time elapsed before the breeze came round to the wake of the Phantom, whereas it had taken the Roberta right up to the pillar buoy, which she rounded fully 40 minutes before the former. The unfavourable state of the weather afforded no opportunity of testing the merits of the respective vessels. The opinion generally ex- pressed by experienced mariners was that when caught in the breeze the Phantom was fully equal if not superior to her opponent. The Roberta, which was previously christened the Shulah, is a well-known cutter, and has always held her own with the fastest 20 tunnets of the day. The Roberta came in first. The timing on board the flasrshio was as follows:- Roberta 5h. 27m. 10s. The Phantom was not timed SECOND CLASS YACHTS' RACE. In this match, a purse of X20 was offered, to be sailed for by yachts in bona fide cruising trim belonging to a royal or recognised yacht club. The entries were:- Osprey (Portmadoc), 13 tons, Mr R. Young. Firing Scud (Kingstown), 63 tons, Mr W. C. Hogan. Queen (Kingstown), 15 tons, Mr F. R. Davies. As in the previous match, the scarcity of wind proved a great drawback to the competing yachts. The Queen, despite the lull, succeeded in heading a little at the start, whereas the Flying Scud and Osprey were obliged to drop their kedges before even effecting a tack, and both drifted a consider- able distance. To prevent meeting a similar fate, the Queen had also to resort to her kedge, and, with the rest, awaited the second coming of the breeze. In the second attempt to get out, the Queen took the lead, which she maintained until midway between the chequer and pillar buoy, when the Flying Scud passed her to windward and continued to lead for the remainder of the course. The winning yachts were timed' as follows:— Firing Scud 6h. 22m. 16s. Queen 6h. 28m. 42s. TV; other yacht was not timed. THIRD CLASS YACHTS' MATCH. V r yiiohts from 5 to 10 tons, belonging to a royal or recognised yacht club, a purse of £ 12 12s w offered. The eJ%*ies were :— Wonderful (Beaumaris), 10 tons, Mr T. Wynll Eyton. Minnow (Menai Bridge), 10 tons, Mr Pennant Lloyd. 1 Immediately after tie slip signal was given, the I < M'iiu a very fast sailer, took the h»ad in gr'ng 1 out, an-l getting ahead of tho PIiMnto:] "v.d I Queen, went into the second place with the Roberta. Whilst maintaining her lead of the others she unfortunately grounded, and the Won- derful therefore walked over. Time Wonderful 6h. 28m. 5is. rouu AXD FITS TONNER.S' MATCH. The entries in this race, for which a prize of £ 10 was offered, were as follows:- Sibyl (Llanidan). 5 tons, Mr E. Jones. Nimble Thimble (Carnarvon), 5 tons, Capt 0. Thomas. Helen (Carnarvon), 4 tons, Mr Rice W. Thomas. Loreilie (Beaumaris), 5 tons, Mr Wynne Eyton. Loreilie came in first at 6h. 25m. 40s. The Nimble Thimble was not timed. SAILING BOATS' MATCH. The sailing boats' prizes consisted of a purse of £ 10, -05 for the first, 13 for the second, and C2 for the third. The match was sailed for by opon boats, not exceeding 25 feet keel, no time being allowed. The following were the entries :— 0 Elaine, Liverpool 23 ft. J. Bouch. Sea Nymph, Rhyl 25 ft. J. Foulkes. Comet, Bangor 22 ft. E. Jones. GreatOrme, Llandudno 10 ft. M. Kerrs. Brothers of Conway, Con way 24 ft. 9 in. R. Jones. Emma, Carnarvon 23 ft. 6 in. R. Griffith. Madge, Carnarvon 21 ft. 10 in. J. Jones. Swallow, Carnarvon 20 ft. W. G. Young. Goshawk. Carnarvon 17 ft. W. G. Owen. Zepher, Holyhead 17 ft. W. Owen. Early Bird, Carnarvon 21 ft. J T 0 Richards Tyro, Liverpool 24 ft. G. H. Wilmer. Mistletoe, Carnarvon 22 ft. Hugh Jones. This match was a very lively one, several of the boats being extensively fitted with sails, running well, especially in coming along the course from the bar. The Elaine came in first, beating the Comet by seven minutes, and the Tyro by nine minutes. The Great Orme came in fourth, closely followed by the Emma. A protest was lodged against the winning boat for fouling the Early Bird, but the committee ruled that the protestor was himself out of court, not having gone round the course. FOUR-OARED GIG RACE. In this match the prizes were £ 5 for the first beat, and E2 for the second, to be rowed for in hots by four-oared yachts or other gigs. The entries were Anne Lee, Menai Bridge W. Owen, coxswain 11 Native of Hirael, Bangor W. Pricliard, C, Otter, Carnarvon E. Parry, Mistletoe, Bangor J. Griffith, Harlequin, Liverpool C. Stevens, )) Considerable interest was manifested in the result of this race. The start took place at the landing slip, opposite the club-house. As was anticipated, owing to the proximity of the competing boats, a fowl was effected at the start. Having cleared, the boats were rowed energetically in the direction of the gunboat Cromer, all being nearly abreast. Fortune at first seemed to favour Otter, but when the boats had passed the stem of the gunboat, Native of Sirael was found to be steadily gaining ground, and on arriving at the goal was about four lengths ahead of the Otter, which came in second, Anne Lee being third. In the second heat, Native of Hirael again came in first, Mistletoe second, and Otter third. The Carnarvon boat, Otter, was awarded the second prize as she was second in the first heat, and Mistletoe fourth, a seeond and third being considered better thansecoud and fourth. The win- ning crew, who prided themselves in being total abstainers, were deservedly cheered 011 account of their excellent rowing. JUNIOR FOURS. Prize, £10, given by tradesmen of Carnarvon, to be rowed for by gentlemen amateurs who have never won a senior race. The start was at Porth- lleidiog, situated about one mile from the goal at Porthyraur. Entries :— Lizzie, Carnarvon Rowing Club T. W. Davies, cox John Poole, Carnarvon Rowing Club Keats, This match was devoid of the interest which characterised the outriggers' race in former years. John Poole won easily. The crew consisted of the following persons :—Messrs Crush, H. Hughes, Evans, Moretcn (stroke), Keats (cox). The prize, however, was not awarded to either boat on account of a foul. It is to be much regretted that the members ef the Carnarvon Rowing Club do not avail themselves of the opportunities they have of practising, as it is evident several members of the crews were quite unfit to row in such light boats. R.S.A. VOLUNTEERS' RACE. This race was to be rowed for by members of any R.N.A.V. Corps, in their cutters and uniforms. Prize jE12 given by the tradesmen of the town. The entries were :— Bangor R.N.A.V.. Lieut. James. Southport R.N.A.V.. Lieut. Stewart. Carnarvon R.N.A.V.. Lieut. Owen. Liverpool R.N.A.V.. Lieut. Lambert. Of all the matches in the regatta, this race was decidedly the most interesting, as some of the cutters contained prize-oarsmen. The start was at the club-house slip, and the course from there was round the gunboats Cromer and Goshawk and the steam yacht Norseman, and thence to the finish- ing flag, about 40 yards from the club-house stairs. The start was effected without any fouling what- ever. The Carnarvon crew took the lead for a short distance, but were closely followed by the Liver- pool boat, and no very great distance divided all the cutters at the stern of the gunboat Cromer. By the dint of energetic rowing, aided by the enthu- siastic cheers of their friends and admirers, the Carnarvon crew succeeded in maintaining the lead, and were a length ahead of Liverpool when pass- ing under the bows of the gunboat. An unfortu- nate misunderstanding on the part of the cox- swain of the Carnarvon champion here occurred. Instead of proceeding straight ahead with the view to round the Goshawk, the cutter steered for home, thus affording an opportunity for the Liverpool boat to draw up, and reversing the position of the boats. Another ringing cheer to the Carnarvon crew brought matters right; their cutter soon passed the Liverpool and Bangor crews, rounded the Goshawk, and was again abreast of the Liver- pool boat. To win the race was now but the work of a few minutes. Aided by hearty cheers and subsequent good steering, the Carnarvon crew resorted to a "strong pull, and a pall altogether," reaching the goal fully a.length anl a half ahead of the Liverpool cutter. Had it not been for the mistake on the part of the coxswain, the Carnar- von champion would have won "in a canter." The Liverpool cutter was steered rather badly after leaving the bows of the Goshawk, and the crew attribute their defeat to this defect. The Bangor cutter made a good third; Southport coming in last. A protest was lodged by the Liverpool crew, but no one appeared to support it. The crew of the winning boat consisted of the following volunteersMessrs R. H. Williams, George Owen. D. T. Edwards, John Williams, F.' Vigars, Francis Robinson, D. Davies, Thomas William-, Robert Jones, John Jones (strokes), and S. W. Davies (coxswain). EXHIBITION OF DIVING APPARATUS, &C. During the afternoon, an exhibition of practical diving was given by Mr Robert Griffith, St. David's-road, Carnarvon, Messrs Younger's North Wales agent. The aquatic performances of Mr Griffith., who is a professional diver, were looked upon with interest by the vast assemblage. Races between two boats manned and paddled by "white blacks," dressed in nigger costume, pro- duced some merriment, and was a considerable relief to the monotony of the proceedings. SCRATCH FOURS. In an exfra gi? race, a first prize of jE5, and a second prize of E2 was offered. The boats which entered in the contest were the Harlequin, Fay, Norseman, and Adeona, belonging to the yachts of those names which are stationed in the river. The boats, with the oidinary rowing course round the nuiboats. came in in the following order -Norse- r;in. Harleo'nn, Adeona, Fav. Pen* and other rruor races, together with the usual "duck hunt," took place at the close of the proceeding. Prizes, value twenty guineas (ten guineas given by the tradesmen of the town) were guineas given by the tradesmen of the town) were offered to be rowed and steered for by gentlemen amateurs, in four-Qared racing boats no entries were made. The sailing match announced between the cutters of the R.N.A.V also fell through owing to the scarcity of wind. All the cutters were entered. THE FIREWORKS AND BALL. In the evening, a large concourse of spectators assembled within the walls of the castle where an excellent display of fireworks was made by Professor Penley. The annual ball of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club was afterwards held at the Guild Hall Amongst others present on the occasion, we noticed Sir Llewelyn Turner (commodore), Mr Pennant A. Lloyd (vice commodore), Mr C. A. Jones (hon. secretary), Mr Tuan and Misses Jones (2), Major Turner, Mrs and Miss Morgan, Mrs Macdonald, Dr Taylor and Mrs Morgan, Mrs Allen, Miss Hands, Mr F. Walker and Mrs Jones, Miss Marr, Mr J. H. Roberts and Mrs Roberts, the Misses Jones (Cefn Coed), Mr R. J. and Mrs Davids, Miss Davids, Mr W. and Mrs Hayward, Miss Hayward, Mr J. Hayward, Captain and Mrs Hayward, Mrs Brittain and party, Mr and Mrs Pearson and party, Dr and Mrs Rees, Lieut. Diboth and officers of H.M. Ship Cromer, Captain and Mrs Thomas, Miss De Burgh, Mr F. Thomas, Mr Boucher, Mr Pear- son, Mr G. Thomas, Mr and Mrs Dew, Mr J. and Mrs Poole, Mr C. Poole, Mr and Mrs Aylmer, Mr Peel, Capt. Stewart, Dr and Mrs Kirk, Mr Davids, Mr H. Roberts, Mr Littledale, Mr Davies and party, Yacht Queen, Lieut. Suckling and officers, of H.M. Ship Goshawk, Mr C. Priestley, MrW..C. Hogan, Yacht Flying Scud, Mr and Miss Whalley, Miss Romer, Mr T. Wynn Eyton, Mr W. Wynn Eyton, Mr Watson. &c. Mr Rogers' quadrille and brass band from Liverpool supplied the music during the regatta and the ball.

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