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Regattas are held in December, and sometimes during the monsoons, and on these occasions the club is at home to the whole of the European community in Rangoon. A few years ago a team of Ceylon oarsmen held an inter-regatta with the Rangoon rowing men, in which the latter gained a decisive victory. Recently the Madras Boat Club invited the club at Rangoon to send a crew to Madras, but so far it has been found impossible to do this. The majority of the rowing members of the Rangoon Boat Club have learned their rowing at one or other of the public schools or at the university, but there are a fair number of members who have joined the club as novices and have received the whole of their instructions in rowing in Rangoon. In addition to pleasure craft the club has a number of clinker-built pairs and fours, whilst for the sculling members there are a number of light racing boats, variously known as a canvas boats a and a shells," as well as numerous clinker-built a whiffs.a
On numerous occasions the boat club has had the pleasure of entertaining distinguished guests. When the Prince and Princess of Wales visited Rangoon they were entertained by the president and members of the club, and the two large framed photographs of their Royal Highnesses, which occupy a conspicuous position in the pavilion, testify to the manner in which they
appreciated the reception which was extended to them. When the Viceroy last paid a visit to the town he also was entertained by the club.
The memberas monthly subscription to the boat club is only Rs. 3 ; the entrance fee is Rs. 25. The president is Lieut.-Colonel E. P. Frenchman.
THE GYMKHANA CLUB.
The distinction of being the most important centre for the encouragement of sports in
Rangoon belongs to the Gymkhana Club. It was, indeed, founded in the early sixties for that express purpose, and the Government
granted the club a lease of some ten acres of land. At the present time there are over a thousand members, a considerable number of whom are ladies, and the club maintains
separate sections for cricket, football, hockey, and tennis, in addition to subsidising polo and rackets.
The present extensive club buildings were erected in 1903-4, and the cost, with that of recent additions, has amounted to over two lakhs of rupees. The accommodation includes a handsome ball-room, ladiesa room, bar, bowling alley, and a residence for the secretary, Mr. Harold Pearce.
On the social side the Gymkhana Club is especially strong. Three times a week before dinner a military band discourses selections of music, on two of these evenings for dancing, and there are functions at the club at frequent intervals.
THE GERMAN CLUB.
As early as 1867, when Rangoon was still in its infancy as a commercial centre, a handful of Germans gathered together to discuss the possibility of forming a national club. It was a bold idea, for at that time there were hardly more than a score of Germans in Rangoon whose position would justify them in joining such an organisation. Nevertheless, a small bungalow was purchased on the site of the present home of the German Club in Commissioner Road. At first there were some fifteen to twenty members, but there was a gradual and
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