December 18, 2016 - January 7, 2017: Issue 294
Jubliees Come To Pittwater
the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in 1938 and Huntingfield Cup of 1946
The Huntingfield Cup-Jubilees National Championship 2017
Deed Of Gift Of The Huntingfield Cup
VANESSA LAUNCHED - MR. P. S. ARNOTT'S YACHT
MR. PERCY S. ARNOTT's 8-metre yacht, Vanessa, was launched today from the yards of James Hayes and Som, Careening Cove As Mrs. Amott broke a bottle of champagne bottle the bows, a representative gathering of yachtsmen associated with all clubs raised a rousing cheer. Later, at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's club-house, Mr. S. M. Dempster presented Mr. Amott with a dinghy on behalf of the crew, and toasts were honoured. Vanessa will compete in the test races which will be held to select the N.S.W. defender of Sayonara Cup. She will also take part in the racing Programmes of the various clubs. Vanessa is the first 8-metre yacht to be built in Australia, and will make the third of her class on Sydney harbour. VANESSA LAUNCHED (1928, November 1). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), , p. 14. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article117458912
CREW OF THE WINNING YACHT VANESSA.
Sitting (left to right) Messrs F. Hayes and C. Madigan; Standing, Messrs. R. Millard, C. Trebeck,(skipper) P. S. Arnott (owner) and P. Macdonald. CREW OF THE WINNING YACHT VANESSA. (1929, January 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16525559
Percy Arnott is Keen Sportsman on Land and Sea
Great sportsman is Percy Arnott, whose yacht Vanessa is defending the Sayonara Cup, the emblem of interstate supremacy, against Victorian challenger, Eun-na-mara, in the Pacific, outside Sydney Heads. Before acquiring distinction in aquatics he represented his State on the cricket field, and in other sports which he has undertaken less seriously he has performed with credit. In all, whether on land or sea, he has placed the game above the prize. Winner or loser in the combat against Victoria's best, he will receive the result with a smile.
PERCY ARNOTT, a principal in one of the leading manufacturing concerns in New South Wales, tempers the serious side of life with plenty of sport, and he enjoys every moment of his games, Coming from the Artnidale School, the great representative of the country, among the great public schools, he joined up with the Balmain Cricket Club, and in the first grade gave many brilliant displays. Dullness of batting was never a subject of discussion when he was at the wickets. Always wielding a quick blade, he was continually on look-out for runs, and was never anything but sparkling and entertaining. Many of his best displays were made against the clock, when defending the bowling by the scruff of the neck and piled up the runs. Averages did not matter to him; his batting came first. Balmain had a good team in those days, some contemporaries being … Folkard, H. S. Love, George Wheatley, Frank Merchant, and two of the present New South Wales cricketers, A. D. Ratcliffe and R. L. …, but none played as forcefully is P.S.A.
SOME GOOD DOUBLES One of his best performances was 107 not out (in a score of 220) and five wickets for S3 against …—with Charlie Macartney bowling at his best. The little man took five for 65. Another fine feat with bat and ball was 71 and seven for 102 against North Sydney, in 1914-15. The Shoremen, strong in those days, included G. S. Moore, who represented both New South Wales and Queensland; Rupert Minnett, who made a century in this match; Les Minnett, Eric Middleton, A. J. Hopkins, and Eddie Long, all of whom played for New South Wales at some time or another. In that season Percy Arnott was better with the ball than bat, taking 28 wickets at 18.57 each. Transferring to Western Suburbs, he was successful, too, but dropped out of senior cricket early in season 1921-22, while still in his prime as a player. Simultaneously with his departure Wests lost K. B. Docker, P W. Docker, and Ward Prentice, and though since then they have gained Warren Bardsley, they have never regained the standard that was theirs before the four defections. They would be assured of the premiership nowadays if those players were .<till available. All are youthful enough for club contests.
IN BIG MATCHES
Percy Arnott's prowess as a cricketer was not confined to senior matches. He represented New South Wales against every mainland State. His record is— 1911-12— v. Queensland 0, 18; 2-27, 0-15. 1912-13— v. Queensland 2.
4. 80 n.o.: <M. (return) 70, 17; v. West Australia v. West Australia 0-20. 0-1'). v. South Australia 17, 60; 1-70 v. Victoria 0, 12.
He was not content to let his deeds on the field stand alone, as a return for what enjoyment the same had given him, for, following the precedent of Mr. Samuel Hordern, in the early days of the district scheme, and Sir Harry Rawson later, he gave a splendid shield for competition among senior clubs. Unfortunately cricket in Sydney had reached the state when two or three teams stood out from their fellows, with the result that it took but a few years to settle the ownership of the line trophy. The Percy Arnott Shield, after being won by Western Suburbs in the opening year—1919-20 — was wrested from them by Waverley in the following season. Repeating their success, Waverly obtained absolute possession.
ON THE WATER
Turning his eyes from land to water for relaxation, P.S.A. commenced serious yachting as one of the crew of Mr Walter Arnott's Nettle. Then he commissioned Charlie Hayes to build the Wattle, of the 21ft. restricted class, with which he was very successful. Next lie had built the Oomoohah, one of the most luxuriously fitted-up pleasure yachts that has ever graced Sydney Harbor. With the view of retaining the yachting supremacy of Australia for New South Wales, he followed with tile Vanessa, on which the credit of the Mother State now depends. A remarkable coincidence occurs in connection with the selection of the name for the Cup defender. Mr. and Mrs. Arnott, in conjunction, decided on Vanessa, which is a euphonious combination of portions of the names of the owner's family. Webster defines Vanessa "genus of butterflies properly applied to the genus to which the red admiral, painted beauty, etc., belong." Thus, according to .the dictionary, the word means something significant of fleetness, wings, the sea, and beauty. The Oxford dictionary adds "Many butterflies, especially the Vanessa, creep away and sleep during the winter." A yacht is not altogether dissimilar in habits.
AT OTHER SPORTS
Though cricket and yachting have brought him most prominence, Percy Arnott is not unskilled at other sports. He is one of the longest drivers in golf. "Had he time to throw himself into the sport properly, he would have gone far," is the view of Mr. H. L. McDonald, one of his best pals, and himself a fine sport and lover of everything clean in athletics of all branches. Concord is Percy Arnott's club, but he has played golf on most of the metropolitan courses.
An enthusiastic member of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia, he has met with success in trials and other contests. He is imbued with the spirit of competition in every sport lie indulges in. At the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club he has landed many prizes at billiards and snooker, so he can never be misplaced in a gathering of sportsmen. Many old athletes have found him a warm friend, and at Homebush, where the headquarters of his firm are, there was quite a small team of Rugby Union footballers of international reputation employed. In days gone by, a relative in sculler, and another, Roger Arnott, was a good Rugby Union footballer at Newington in the late nineties. So the name is not unknown in sport, but no bearer of it has brought it so much credit as Percy, whom Sydney yachtsmen want to see on top when the tussles against the Newcastle was a staunch supporter of George Towns, world's champion Eun-na-mara are concluded.
Mr Percy S. Arnott, the owner of Vanessa, defender of the Sayonara Cup. Percy Arnott is Keen Sportsman on Land and Sea (1929, January 16). Sporting Globe (Melbourne, Vic. : 1922 - 1954), p. 3 (N.S. WALES, QUEENSLAND AND NEW ZEALAND EDITION). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article183973969
This fine picture of the winner of the contest for the Sayonara Cup off Sydney Heads was taken when the local yacht was showing her heels to the Victorian challenger, Acrospire IV. She presented a fine sight from the following launch, with the ‘Sydney Mail’ staff on board, in a fresh breeze, the spray making good photography a matter of some skill. The Vanessa is owned by Mr. P. S. Arnott. Vanessa (1930, January 22). Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), , p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article160631870
In the races held by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club during the season for the large class yachts, the results were as follows: — Vanessa, P. S. Arnott, 1st Jackson Cup, 1st Basin Cup, 1st Albert Gold Cup, 1st Nossiter Cup. Vanessa also won the Lipton Cup and the club's special prize for the best record in races of all clubs. Sailing (1930, July 9). Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), , p. 26. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131167910
Arnott Lowers Flag - OUT OF BIG YACHTING - Vanessa To Be Sold
YACHTING has lost one of its greatest supporters by the retirement from the racing arena of Mr. Percy S. Arnott. Having achieved his ambition in sport by having twice won the historic Sayonara Cup with Vanessa, Mr. Arnott finds that the time has arrived to devote closer attention to business.
Mr. Arnott has been the Upton of Australian yachting since pre-war days. He has spent thousands in building and equipping yachts, and his greatest achievements were in the Sayonara Cup when he defeated the Victorian challengers Eun-Na-Mara (L. Randerson). in 1929, and Acrospire III (Joe White) last year on the N.S. Wales coast. In addition he was the big man behind the organisation last year that raised the finances for sending a fleet of 21ft. restricted class yachts and yachtsmen to Melbourne, and regained the Forster Cup with N.S.W. Ill, sailed by J. L. Neilson. He also pulled off the N.S. Wales title for the deep keelers. On the Market
Mr. Arnott is still the owner of the 8-metre Vanessa and has definitely decided to place the craft on the, market for sale. If a buyer has not been found the craft will not carry Arnott's racing colors during the season starting in October, but will remain on Stewart Sandeman's slips at Careening Cove. The retirement of the popular owner naturally came as a bombshell to the committees of the Royal Prince Alfred Club, and the Royal Sydney Squadron. They were in a quandary as to what boat could be secured to defend the Victorian challenge for the Sayonara Cup next January. Conferences were held with Mr. Arnott, and though he absolutely refused to race in the various club events, he generously decided to place the boat at the disposal of the joint clubs to defend the cup, and to allow the organisations to select their own crews. It was also agreed that in the event of Vanessa finding a new owner in N.S.W. the purchaser is to allow the boat to be used as a cup defender.
Another big yachtsman who has retired from the sport is Mr. E. P. (Harry) Andreas. He has given up the post of the Rear-Commodore of the Prince Alfred. Ill-health is given as the cause of the retirement, and the annual meeting of the big club within, the next fortnight, Mr. R. C. Packer, who last year paid £6000 for Morna, will be the junior flag officer. VANESSA. Arnott Lowers Flag (1930, August 24).Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), , p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169387785
VANESSA SOLD. Sayonara Cup Defender.
The eight-metre yacht Vanessa, which lost week retained the Sayonara Cup for New South Wales, has been sold, her purchaser being Mr. J. A. Linacre, Commodore of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Victoria, She will leave for Melbourne as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made, but whether she will make the voyage under her own canvas or be shipped by steamer cannot be determined until her new owner arrives in Sydney towards the end of this week.
Fife designed, Vanessa was built by James Hayes and Sons, of Sydney, for Mr. P. S. Arnott. In 1928, having been launched on November of that year. She was commissioned just in time to take part in the test races for the selection of the 1929 Sayonara Cup defender, and gaining the honour of re-presenting the State she defeated the Victorian Eun-na-mara in three straight heats, in the following year she was again selected, and beat the gaff-rigged Acrospire IV. also in three straight heats.
In club racing she has also been remarkably successful. In her first season (1928-29) she made her appearance rather late, but gained her share of prizes. Last season, 1929-30, she won the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's Lipton Cup for the yacht having the best record in all club races In Sydney, as well as four other cups, Including the famous Basin Cup. This season she has not done any racing except in the Sayonara Cup and In the Anniversary Regatta yesterday.
She is, for her size, probably the most weatherly boat ever seen In Sydney, her ability to go to windward In a strong breeze and heavy sea being almost uncanny. In all her Sayonara Cup victories and in most club races she has been handled by Mr. Charles Trebeck.
It is not the first occasion on which Sydney boats which have proved themselves have found their way to Melbourne, some of the others being Culwulla III. (now Eun-na-marah) which brought the Sayonara Cup to this State In 1910, Petrel, Yeulba, and Heather.
With the new six-metre craft Toogooloowoo II, and Vanessa to do battle for them, Victorian yachtsmen are in a singularly strong position as regards future challenges for the Sayonara Cup and Northcote Cup. VANESSA SOLD. (1931, January 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16749111
SAYONARA CUP CHALLENGER.
SAYONARA CUP WON BY VICTORIA. Vanessa's Success.
As a result of the victory of the Victorian I challenger, Vanessa (Mr. J. A. Linacre), yesterday afternoon, in the last of a series of five heats, the Sayonara Cup returns to Melbourne, whence It was brought by Culwulla III. in 1910. The visitor had to work hard to gain her victory, as the defender. Norn (Mr. A. F. Albert), won the first and third heats, and was defeated by only 10 seconds in the fourth Vanessa won yesterday's heat by 1m 16s.
In 1904, to encourage yachting, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Prince Alfred Yacht Club presented a challenge cup for a contest between yachts from Victoria and New South Wales. Sayonara, then owned by Mr. Alfred Gollin, sailed round from Melbourne to take up the challenge, and defeated the local representative, Bona, owned by Mr. H Binnie. After his success, Mr. Gollin re-presented the trophy as a perpetual challenge cup between the two States, an unalterable condition being that the challenger must sail from her home port to the scene of the contest.
In 1907, New South Wales challenged with the well-known Rawhiti, owned by Mr. C. T. Brockhoff, but Sayonara retained the cup. In 1909 the famous old Thelma (Mr. C. Lloyd Jones) was also defeated, but in 1910 Culwulla III., owned and sailed by Mr. W. M, Marks, made the trip and wrested the trophy from Sayonara.
After that there was no challenge until 1928, when Acrospire III. (Mr. J. White) was defeated by the present defender. Norn (Mr. A. F. Albert), which in 1924 was launched In Norway, and after a season there and another under the ownership of Lord Forster in the Solent came to Sydney. T
he following year Eun-na-mara (formerly Culwulla III.) (Mr. L, Randerson) came round from Melbourne to meet defeat by Vanessa (Mr. P. S. Arnott). In 1930 Mr. J. White returned to the task with a new ship. Acrospire IV., with the same result. Last year the determined Mr. White, who incidentally came to Sydney to see the present series, made another unsuccessful attempt with Acrospire IV.
A description of yesterday's race appears in the sporting columns. SAYONARA CUP (1932, January 29). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16837192 Immediately after her last success on behalf of New South Wales, Vanessa was sold, and so became the representative of Victoria in the series just decided, with the result stated above.
FAMOUS YACHT. Vanessa Sold to Sydney Sportsman
MELBOURNE, March 20. The yacht Vanessa, owned by Mr. J. A. Linacre, of the Brighton Yacht Club, for the past three years, has been sold to Mr. Eric Pratten, the well known Sydney yachtsman. The Vanessa is one of the most famous yachts in Australian waters and on international rating is unbeatable here. She was built to Sydney to 1928. FAMOUS YACHT (1934, March 20). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), p. 41. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article182644781
YACHT DAMAGED. Shipped from Melbourne.
When the racing yacht, Vanessa, previous winner of the Sayonara Cup, which has been sold by a Melbourne owner to a Sydney yachtsman, was being hoisted on board the interstate steamer Mareeba at Melbourne on Wednesday last, a pin in a derrick snapped suddenly, and the yacht fell to the deck below, and was considerably damaged. The stem piece and the keel of the yacht were strained, necessitating repairs to be made on arrival in Sydney. YACHT DAMAGED. (1934, April 21). Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (Sydney, NSW : 1891 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved December 15, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161059199