Australian Anniversary Regatta Official Program 26 January 1892


Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This is a program for the Australian Anniversary Regatta on 26 January 1892. It lists the officers, Flying Squadron band program, rules and regulations and the seven races to be held.

Mark Foy's 26 foot KANNANOOK participated in the fifth race, with a 5 minute handicap and a green and white emblem.

Businessman Mark Foy was founding Commodore of the Sydney Flying Squadron in 1890. A flamboyant character, Foy made a major contribution to the sport of sailing in Australia and especially the complexion of racing on Sydney Harbour from the 1890s. In the early years he antagonised the yachting establishment to make regattas a public spectacle on the harbour by promoting the beamy heavily-canvassed open boats, the 24, 22 and 18-footers. In character they were working men's craft. With an eye for drama Foy introduced new rules to make the sport more lively, with rules adapted from horse racing – coloured sails, a short triangular course with handicapped start, large prize money, and spectator ferries following the races.

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  • Title: Australian Anniversary Regatta Official Program 26 January 1892
  • Date: 1892
  • Type: Program
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Paper
  • Dimensions: 176 x 120 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mary Shaw