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17. A yacht touching any mark, boat, buoy, or flag used to mark out the course, shall forfeit all claim to the prize.

18. On the 14th of May, 1842, it was decided that, in future, all yachts sailing for a prize should be restricted to their complement of men; viz., one man for every ten tons, with the addition of the sailing-master, and one other person as pilot : thus, a yacht of 50 tons would have seven hands on board, and a yacht above above 50, and not exceeding 60 tons, eight hands, exclusive of the owner or his representative.

19. No anchoring during the race.

20. Stewards for regattas and races are to be chosen from the members and honorary members; and there shall be no appeal from their decision.

(Signed) John Bates, Secretary.

MR, ACKER'S GRADUATED SCALE OP TIME ACCORDING TO TONNAGE.

Cutters, Difference of Time Hours. Min.

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Schooners. Yachts.

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UNDER PER TON
25 sec.
11 24 40

128 10 sec.

11 39 45 72 11 25 5 130

11 40 11 25 30 132

11 40 25 74 11

134

11 40 45 75 11 26 20 136

11 41 76 11 26 45 138

11 41 25 77 11 27 10 140

11 41 45 78 11 27 35 142

11 41 59 79 11 28 0 144

11 42 13 80 11 28 25 146

42 81 20 sec. 11 28 45 148

11 42 41 82 11 29

150

11 42 55 11 29 152

43

9 29 45

43 23 85 11 30 156

43

37 86 11 30 25 158

43 51 87

30 45
160

44 5 88

31
162

44
89
11 31 25 164

44 33
90
11 31 45 166

44 47 91 15 sec. 11 32

168

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92

32 15
170

45 15
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32 30 172

45
94
11 32 45 174

45 43
95
33 0 176

11 45 57 96 33 15 178

11 46 11 97 33 30 180

11 46 25 98 33 45 182

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11 46 35 99

34 0
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11 46

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34
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11 46 55 101

34 30
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47
102
34 45 190

47 15 103

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11 47 25 104 11 35 15 194

11 47 35 105 11 35 30 196

11 47 45 106 11 35 45

11 47 55 107 u 36 0 200

11 48 108 36 15 202

11 48 109 11 36 30 204

11 48 25 110 11 36 45 206

11 48 35 112 10 sec. 11 37

208

11 48 45 114 11 37 25

210

11 48 55 116 37 45 212

11 49 5 118

38
214

11 49 15 120 38 25 216

49 25 122 38 45 213

11 49 35 124

39
220

11 49 126

39 25

And all above at the same rate. On Saturday, the 29th, a splendid cup, given by Earl Fitzhardinge, was sailed for within the Wight. The course was from a boat moored off West Cowes round the Nab light, the buoys of the Brambles, the Light-ship off Calshot, round a flag-boat oft Newtoun Bay, back to Cowes Roads. The undermentioned yachts were entered, and took up their stations a little before twelve o'clock. Their stations were deter

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mined by lot ; No. 1 being nearest the island, and No. 7 the outer vessel. Station. Yachts.

Tons. Owners' Names.
1 Julia

44 A. Fonblanque, Esq.
2
Zephyr

Hon. A. Berkeley.
3 Sea-Flower, R.Y. S.

34 Right Hon, T. M. Gibson. Belvedere

25 Lord Alfred Paget, 5 Anne

42 Capt. Claxton, R.N. 6 Albacore (fishing smack)

67 Lord Alfred Paget. 7 St. Margaret, R.Y.S....

31 Deline Ratcliffe, Esq. All the yachts were handicapped by the noble giver of the cup. The Belvedere to give the Sea-Flower 25 minutes. The Sea-Flower to give Anne and Julia 6 minutes. The Anne and Julia to give The Zephyr and St. Margaret 9 minutes. The Zephyr and St. Margaret to give Albacore 12 min.

The Belvedere to sail without a topsail; all the rest under any sails their owners pleased. Each owner to steer his own vessel. In the case of Lord Aifred Paget having two yachts in the match, he was allowed to select a member of the Thames or Royal Yacht Squadron to steer one of his vessels.

At noon the vessels took up their stations ; and at 12..9 (as the railway bills say) a preparatory gun was fired from The Imogine, Lord Fitzhardinge's yacht. The yachts then got their mainsails up, riding at their moorings with their heads to the westward ; and at 12 .. 20 the starting-gun was fired, when the whole of them luffed to the northward, and jibbed on the opposito tack. The St. Margaret and The Julia were the first to get off, closely followed by the rest. On passing The Imogine, The Julia had a slight lead to leeward ; and in passing the roads set her jib topsail. The remaining yachts neariy abreast proceeded to the Nab light, which they rounded ; the first vessel being only three minutes a-head of the sternmost off Ryde ; and before rounding the Nab, The Julia carried away her topmast, and bore up for Cowes Roads. Upon rounding the flag-boat off Newtoun Bay, there was only a period of six minutes between the first and the last vessel, and finally passed the winning vessel in the following order :

H. M. s.
Sea-Flower

5 41 45
Anne...

5 *46 45 Albacore

5 47 5 Belvedere

5 56 33 Zephyr

6 0 40 The St. Margaret was not timed. The latter vessel having touched one of the boats in rounding, lost her chance of the prize according to the eighth rule of the Royal Yacht Squadron laws, and hauled her flag down. The Albacore winning, with twenty minutes to spare.

Our readers will perceive, by the above time-table, that this match was one of the most closely contested for that ever took place between so large a number of vessels, and it reflects the greatest credit upon the nautical knowledge of the noble earl. The Sea-Flower, Julia, Anne, Zephyr, and St. Margaret, were well known to his lordship, who had had repeated opportunities

of seeing them under canvass ; but the Albacore and Belvidere were to the spirited handicapper“ dark vessels. Had the two latter, then, been out of the match, The Anne would have won by one minute, The Sea-Flower second ; while The Zephyr would only have been beat by the winner by four minutes and fifteen seconds, and by The Sea-Flower by three minutes and fifteen seconds. Had

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The Julia and The St. Margaret remained in the race, we firmly believe that (to use a turf expression) a sheet would have covered them all coming in.

This is the ninth cup Lord Fitzharlinge has given ; seven at Cowes, one at Ryde, and one in the Thames. The first prize was won by a Ryde wherryman ; but his lordship having liberally compensated the winner in cash, made a present of the cup to the Ilon. Augustus Berkeley, who then owned and sailed for it in The Violet. The next cup was won at Cowes, by Lord William Lennox, in The IIelena ; and in the following year The Teazer, Ilon. Grantley Berkeley, bore off the prize.

In 1844 Captain Claxton, R.N., gained the two cups which his lordship presented upon this occasion : the first he contended for was in The Fanny, all the other yachts having given in ; the gallant captain persevered to the end, and, after a spell of nearly twenty hours at the helm, arrived at the winning vessel ; but, having been compelled to drop his kedge, lost the prize. The noble earl immediately rewarded him with the cup for his zeal and patience. Upon the following day he was again fortunate in The Amphion ; as he was in 1845, when he carried off the cup in The Jilt : three prizes in a little more than twelve months ! bravo, Captain_Claxton. The second cup that year was won by the present Vice-President of the Board of Trade, the Right Hon. T. Milner Gibson, in The Sea-Flower; and the third one was contested for in the Thames, and won by Lord Alfred Paget, in the Belvedere. A peculiarity attended this latter match, namely, that one of the stipulations was, that each vessel should be manned exclusively by members of the Royal Thames Yacht Club; and certainly the amateurs did their duty as well as the choicest “ blue jackets” could have done it. In the present year, as we have already stated, Lord Alfred Paget was successful in The Albacore.

Before we conclude, we cannot refrain from offering our testimony of praise to the noble earl, for his liberality in thus encouraging a national sport. With a princely fortune, Lord Fitzhardinge has ever proved himself one of the warmest patrons of every manly amusement, as the splendid pack of hounds, of which he is master, the well stocked preserves of Berkeley Castle, and the Imogene yacht--where open house is kept (if such a term can be applied to the wooden walls)--cach and all bear testimony to. May The Imogine and its noble commander flourish, is the fervent wish of every blue-jacket, and of no one more than of your well-wisher and contributor,

H. H.

PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS OF THE METROPOLIS.

“ Taste, that eternal wanderer, that flies

From head to ears, and now from ears to eyes."-Pope.

How applicable the poet's words we have quoted are to the present day, when we are moving in an age anything but famous for its intellectuality of taste!-an era when the more monstrous the exhibition, the greater the probability of its success. At such a time right gladare we to record the detection of such gross humbug as that attempted to be perpetrated on a late occasion at the Egyptian Hall, by some imbecile adventurer endeavouring to foist upon the public as a lusus nature a wretched specimen of our common anatomy, that for years had gained a miserable existence by attending suburban carnivals and fairs. This “ What is it?" specimen clearly indicates the little and mean opinion entertained by public exhibitors, of the capacity and taste of their patrons ; doubtless, the crafty concocter of this sordid scheme thought with Virgil

“ Immania monstra

Perferimus." In this instance there was no endurance, as this poltroon projector was made quickly to understand, by the coup de grace so readily administered. That infinitesimal abortion, General Tom Thumb, continues to be run after by residents of provincial towns. It was but the other day that the individual who speculates upon the “prodigy” contrived to clear by the "show," at the town of Newbury, the sum of seventy-nine pounds five shillings. If any talented artistes be rash enough to give a concert, a rich intellectual repast, at the same town, their reward amounts to about as many shillings as the proprietor of the dwarf reaped in pounds! And this is taste in the nineteenth century !

“ Can such things be, And overcome us like a suinmer's cloud,

Without our special wonder ?" “The one down, t'other come on " tenet pervades all matters mundane, not excepting the orb theatric, in which no sooner is the “ summer season " terminated, than the “winter” campaign is commenced. The beginning of the past month was selected for the opening of the HAYMARKET, under the able superintendence of Mr. Webster, who has had the house completely renovated and decorated. The company includes all the old favourites, together with a liberal infusion of fresh talent. The same determination to provide the best of entertainment actuates the indefatigable manager, as in seasons flitted by: may the result prove as satisfactory. Colman's comedy of the “Poor Gentleman,” selected for the opening piece, is rather out of date now-a-days; the allusions are too much in the toast and sentimental line. The most remarkable feature of the comedy was the Humphrey Dobbins of Mr. Rogers, a noviciate, who created a very favourable impression in this character. From the ability he displayed on this occasion, we are most assuredly inclined to augur favourably of his dramatic career. The after piece on the first night, yclept “ The Fortune Hunter," is not destined to realize the fortune of the manager ; neither is it by any means worthy of the fame of Mr. Bernard, the author, a gentleman who has done, and can do, better things. The richest morceau in the production is uttered by the hero, Captain Mountgarret, performed by Mr. Hudson, who has the letters A.H.M.S. attached to his name ; the signification given to them by the owner being, “At Her Majesty's Service.” The cachninatory powers of the audiences of this favourite place of resort have lately been severely tested by the administering of a powerful provocative to laughter, called “Spring Gardens,” in which Buckstone and Miss Julia Bennett succeed to the uttermost in convulsing the spectators of their various drolleries with hilarity of no common order. Not only will the farce of “ Spring Gardens" continue to keep its place on the boards of the Haymarket during the winter, but all the spring it will, we opine, continue to be performed.

The lessee of the Adelphi continues to offer his patrons the same “hot work” on the stage in like ratio to the procedurə of the frizzling of their fervescent fibres in this heated hemisphere. The appellation of the latest “new and original drama” is “ Eugenia Clairville ; or, The New-Found Home.” In this production we have the young orphan enacted by Madame Celeste; the designing gentleman; the scoundrelly lawyer; the villain, O’Smith of course figures here; the good and virtuous lady who protects innocence, and who, by our Lady, appears to be an enemy to protection of duties—to that imposed upon brandy in particular. Then there's the funny portion of the piece, in which are conspicuous a lawyer's scrub, a hard-bake yender, and a medical student,

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