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Flagship The E and A Co's Australian
Balmain Rowing Club Federal Regatt - 1901
The Balmain Rowng Club's Federal Regatta took place on last Saturday afternoon, and was carried out with great success.
The flagship, The E and A Co’s Australian, which was stationed off White Horse Point, was exceedingly well patronised, and not the least disinterested amongst the spectators were sundry aliens springing from Oriental climbs, who doubtlessly comprised the crew of the vessel; whilst the Dawn, which followed the races, was monopolised by those more ardent admirers of the sport. The neighboring points and the club premises were also utilised by many. The Leila conveyed the officials and a few others, and en passant, we might mention the courtesy of the Balmain Club members.
It rarely happens that the conditions are so favourable for rowing as were present on the occasion. There was a slight breeze, almost imperceptible, from the south east, the water being calm - altogether a most ideal day.
Unfortunately the Balmain Club were unsuccessful in the three events which they contested, and, if they were slightly inferior in form to their opponents, and we very much doubt it, it was not visible to us. In the Maiden Fours Balmain Club (stroked by Spencer) were pulling most uniformly, and with a good length. However, skill alone cannot prevail against skill and superior power.
Sydney Sportsman - 13 February 1901