Friday, 25 September 2020


The Mercury Bay Senior A rugby team is one step closer to the winning the McClinchy Cup this season after a very impressive 84 - 0 win against Thames at Lyon Park in Whitianga on Saturday last week. The victory means the team will be hosting Whangamata in a home semi-final this coming Saturday (15 August) 

As part of this year’s winter lecture series, the Mercury Bay Boating Club hosted last Saturday an evening dedicated to the America's Cup, the world's oldest sporting competition, with the trophy currently being held by New Zealand. The club was closely involved in the competition in 1988 and again in 1992, with local Whitianga yachtsmen and club commodores Bob Scott, Toby Morcom and Al Gould at the helm of the club.

“A message in a bottle washed up at Preece’s Point, Coromandel in October 1907 contained a note from the missing ship, Constance Craig. Written in pencil on a piece of unruled paper it said, ‘We are quite disabled and there is very little hope for us being saved. Our masts have been carried away and all boats swept overboard, and six men, but there is no damage to her hull. The captain says we must be 900 miles off New Zealand.  So goodbye dear friends. Yours truly, James Smith, Sydney.’” 

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