In consequence of some disputes, which had
arisen as to the boats entitled to the different
prizes in the various races of the Regatta, we were compelled to postpone our notice of it till to-day,
The following boats started for the first race, which was for four-oared gigs pulling round Pinchgut on the north side, and back to a boat, off the Patent Slip, passing it on the East side and back to the starting point.
Name. Colours. Owners. 1. Thistle ..... Blue flag ..... Maclean 2. Aurora ..... Blue Peter ..... Wilshire 3. Cabbage tree ..... Blue and white star ..... Gibbins
Arrow ..... Blue and white ..... Collins
On starting one of the oars of the Arrow broke, and before another could be obtained, the rest of the boats were too far ahead to give her any chance of success. The Thistle took the lead shortly after starting, and maintained it throughout.
The second race was for funnies over same ground as gigs, for which the following boats
Started, viz. :--
1. Favourite ..... Black ..... Stuart 2. Sarah ..... Black ..... Harris
3. Vivid ..... Blue ..... Wilshire
This race was won easily by the Favourite.
The third match was for first-class sailing boats, starting from the Flag ship round the floating light and back. The following boats
1. Petrel ..... Black ..... Hill and Vyer 2. Friendship ..... Burgee with white cross ..... Milson 3. Witch ..... Blue and cross ..... Whittle
4. Ariel ..... Red ..... Boreas
Nautilus ..... Crimson and white ..... Gibbes Freak ..... Blue with star ..... Harris
Lavina ..... Blue, red and blue ..... Woodley
Queen Victoria ..... Blue burgee ..... G.A.Green
The Witch after rounding Bradley's Head returned without going as far as the floating light. The Ariel ran foul of the Nautilus and carried away her boom, which disabled her from running. The Freak went down between Watson's Bay and Bradley's Head. The Ariel had part of her mainmast broke-she however carried away the third prize.
The next match was for whale boats rounding Sharks' Island. The following boats started :-- 1. Currency Lass ..... Blue and white ..... Fisk
2. Ocean Queen ..... Blue ..... Underwood 3. Rus's Light ..... Pirate flag ..... Emmes
Flying Dutchman ..... Blue ..... Montefiore Comely Chance ..... Blue and star ..... Anderson.
The Currency Lass and Ocean Queen kept together the greater part of the race, but the former came in first by half a boats' length.
The fifth match was for second class sailing boats, which was competed for by twelve boats, but five of them returned without going round Shark Island, owing so the strong gale that blew at the time. The Black Fish came in first and the Nancy second.
The sixth match, for third class sailing boats, was won by Mr. Shaw's Maid of Erin, and second prize by Brown's Morning Star.
The Seventh match was for funnies pulling two oars, the first was won by Beattie's Flower, the second by Bates' Tom.
A meeting of the committee appointed to superintend the management of the Anniversary Regatta was held on Thursday night, at Perry's Hotel, to award the prizes to the successful candidates upon that occasion, and to decide upon the merit of some disputes which bad arisen between the competitors for the different races.
Mr. Wyer was unanimously voted to the chair. The first case which they took into consideration was an objection made by Mr. Milsom of the Friendship to the Petrel's crew receiving the first prize for the first class sailing boat ; Mr Milsom stated, that while the Petrel and Friendship were beating down the harbour on different tacks, they came so near that it was impossible for them to pass one another if they kept on the same coarse ; without coming into colli- sion, that to avoid such an unpleasant occurrence he was obliged to tack the Friendship, whereas by the printed regulations of the committee, the Petrel being on the larboard tack ought to have kept sufficiently away to allow the Friendship to pass her to starboard. He there- fore maintained the Petrel ought to be considered distanced as she did not comply with tbese regulations.
Mr. Hill, of the Petrel, observed, that when they per- ceived the Friendship drawing near them, they put the Petrel about so as to allow the Friendship pass to starboard for which she had sufficient space, instead of doing so however, she also went on the other tack and never came near them ; he then called Marks, a sailor, who was on board the Petrel during the race, who corrobated this statement, and was of opinion, that the Friendship had sufficient room to pass to starboard. It was then moved by Mr. Hill and seconded by Mr. Thornton, that the Petrel do take the first prize, which was carried by a majority. The second prize was then handed over to Mr Milsom of the Friendship, and the third was awarded to the Arrow.
The next point decided was a claim made by Mr. Reynolds of the Queen Victoria, to have the match for second class sailing boats run over again, as the one that had taken place was an unfair start. It appears the Queen Victoria had started for the race for the first class sailing boats for which she came in fourth; but although she was entered for the second sailing race, they started about 11 minutes before she came in from the first race, although It is stated in the printed rules published by the committee,
that the second class boats were not to start from the
ship till a quarter of an hour after the wining boats in the
first race, had arrived. Mr. Green, who was one of the umpires, stated that the second class sailing boats were started by Captain Watson, contrary to his wishes, the Queen Victoria had rounded Pinchgut a good distance before the others were started. She was fully eleven minutes after the other boats. Mr. Hill was confident that more than half an hour had elapsed after the boats that had won the prices for the first sailing match had arrived till the time the second class sailing boats had started, be- sides the Queen Victoria had started for the race and it was then too late to make any objection of that nature. He maintained that the owners of the Freak which had gone to the bottom might as well make objection to the second match as the Queen Victoria, for unless a boat came within the time specified in the regulations of the committee. The other boats were not bound to wait for her.
Mr. Green then moved and Mr. Harris seconded, that the match for second class sailing boats be ran over again, in consequence of the last being an unfair start. This was opposed by Messrs. Hill and Thornton, who moved as an amendment that the Black Fish take the first ; the amendment was carried, and the owner of tbe Black Fish received the first accordingly.
The owner of the Fox disputed the second prize for the second class boats with the Nancy, but on the vote, the price was awarded to the latter. The owners of the win- ning boats in the other races received the prizes to which they were entitled from Mr. Hill, the Treasurer of the Committee. A vote of thanks was then vote to Cap- tains Brown, Deloitte and Watson for their valuable as-
sistance in getting up the regatta, and the meeting then dispersed.
THE CRICKET MATCH. - Notwithstanding the numbers that crowded the shores and specked the waters of the harbour, there were a considerable number of persons who attended the Race Course, on Wednesday last, attracted thither by the rich treat of a cricket match be- tween the rival clubs, the Liverpool and the Victoria. From the former having beaten the latter at Liverpool, great excitement prevailed, and both parties were on their mettle. In the two innings the Liverpool men scored 99, and the Victorias reached 100, with 9 wickets to go down.
THE FIRST FLEETERS.--The Government have ordered a pension of one shilling per diem to he paid to the survivors of those who came by the first vessel into the Colony. The num- ber of these really " old hands" is now reduced to three, of whom, two are now in the Benevo- lent Asylum, and the other is a fine hale old fellow, who can do a day's work with more spirit than many of the young fellows lately arrived in the Colony. We are glad that the Government have commemorated the auspicious day of our anniversary in so handsome a manner.
Several ludicrous mistakes crept into our last publication, such as " infringing" for " im- pinging," " pitched" for " fetched," " Cordine" for " Caroline," and so forth.
THE AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC.--This elegant little Theatre opened on the 26th, and notwith- standing the various attractions in other places, was occupied to the full extent of the tickets issued. Had the usual practice of taking money at the doors been allowed, serious inconvenance must have resulted to those within, as above three hundred applications for admission were refused. The Signor seems resolved to act upon the Madame Vestris maxim, at having every thing about his Theatre of the best, and we are sure that the delays and other disagreeables, in- seperable from a hurried first night's represen- tation, will not occur for our comment in future. The tight rope dancing was first rate--the graceful little Brazilians never appeared to greater advantage. The equestrian performances were, to an old frequenter of Astley's, far from excellent, but when we consider that not only bipeds but quadrupeds have to he taught and accustomed to the din and movements of a large assemblage--and that unless the horse is steady, the rider's difficulties are much increased, we must expect that some time will necessarily elapse before this department will be equal to the other. The Signor's antique statues in LO STUDIO wero very fine-and as a cotemporary says, " worth alone going to see." Signor Auguste, Mr. Phillips, and the clown added much to the mirth of the evening, by their comic displays, and as for the man-tortoise ! we can only account for his extraordinary con- tortions by imagining that his bones and joints are a vegito-animal combination of Indian rub- ber and whalebone. We shall be glad when the Signor can give us the promised private boxes, as the present republican amalgamation is far from agreeable to all parlies, and we can safely assure him that his well regulated and tasteful little Theatre will be warmly patronized by the Australian public. May his Tumblers be responded to by Bumpers say we.