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Hobart Mercury

Friday 1 November 1912, page 8



"Yesterday afternoon a very pleasant little function took place at Mr. Chas. Lucas's shipyards Battery Point, when Mr. A. J. Cotton's new one-design yacht was successfully launched, and christened Canobie by Miss Cotton. The orthodox bottle of gold top, suspended by red white, and black ribbons, was smashed on the bows as the handsome little craft glided gracefully to her native element, accompanied by the hearty cheers and good wishes of those present. Like her five sisters who have preceded her, Canobie sits very easily on the water and was much admired. Being a one-design yacht, her dimensions are exactly similar to those of the others. She is painted white with a gold riband round the top sides and a green boot top, while her flag is of a unique design, being white, with an Australian aboriginal poising his spear. She has a small bridge deck, like the Pilgrim and the workmanship of her builder, Mr. Chas. Lucas was highly commended. Messrs Rex and Son supplied all the rigging and sails. There were several ladies present at the ceremony, including Mesdames Cotton Hogarth and Gotham as well as a good many yachting enthusiasts. After the launch, Mr Cotton invited those present into the shed, where glasses were charged with champagne, and Mr. W. F. Darling (vice-commodore R.Y.C.T.) proposed Success to the Canobie, and long life to her owner." He said that the advent of Mr. Cotton to yachting circles in Hobart had put new heart into the other owners of one-design yachts, and he hoped that Mr. Cotton could persuade some of his Queensland friends to come here and follow his good example (Hear, hear. ) They hoped to see at least ten yachts in this popular class before long, and they were glad that Mr Cotton had come along with the sixth. As be was an owner in the same class, he could not hope that Canobie would win all the races, but he hoped that she would be successful and felt sure that her owner would derive a great deal of pleasure both from the yacht and from the racing. (Applause). Mr. Cotton, in acknowledging the toast explained that it was due to Mr Darling's representations as to the merits of the one-design class that he had decided to take over this yacht which Mr. E. H. Webster had ordered, because this one-design racing appealed to him as the very best way of getting an absolutely fair deal in yachting. He felt that there could be no fairer and cleaner way of carrying on yacht racing than when all the yachts were absolutely on an equality. (Applause.) However good a handicapper might be, he could not always be sure of bringing them together. He did not anticipate being very successful at first, but could assure them he would always do his best. Since his arrival, he had met many members of the Royal Yacht Club, who struck him as being really good sportsmen, and Fix this text he looked forward with a great deal of pleasure to meeting them in friendly rivalry. (Applause.)
Canobie will make her debut in public on Saturday, when the opening manoeuvres take place, and in addition to her flag, will carry her racing number 6 on her mainsail."



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