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mate s handbook to southampton.
Just above, in the Avenue, stands the Convent of La Saint Union Des Sacres-Cceurs, together with the adjacent Church of St. Edmund. Near at hand is the County Cricket ■Ground, some 12 acres in extent. The tramway turns to the right through the stone pillars known as the " Stag Gates," the former entrance to the Bevois Mount Estate, which ■extended as far as the river Itchen. Report has it that Sir Bevis, of legendary fame, was buried here.
Southampton as a Yachting Station.
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, any a keen yachtsman makes either his home or his temporary headquarters in or near Southampton. In fact many consider it a station second to none. No ■other yachting station on the south coast has more rapidly advanced in popularity during the past few years. There are few more comfortable and sheltered anchorages than Southampton Water. The lighting of the estuary has been greatly improved of late. The River Test is well buoyed and the yacht anchorage is clearly defined. Fresh water is cheap, coaling is speedy, and stores can be readily procured for either long or short cruises. Considerably over a hundred smart yachts may often be seen at anchor here during the season, whilst on sailing days they give to the Southampton Water a beauty which no words can ever hope to describe. There are ample facilities for building, laying up and repairing, and a whole forest of masts may be seen in the builders' yards during the winter. Many a crack yacht has been built upon the Itchen shore. Suffice it to mention the names of " I rex," " Columbine," " Valkyrie," " Satanita," " Britannia," " Vendetta," and last, but by no means least, the famous cutter " Arrow," and the swift schooner " Alarm."
The Royal Southern Yacht Club has its Club House in Bugle Street. Her Majesty is its patron, and its flag officers are the Commodore (Colonel the Hon. H. G. Crichton, of Netley Castle), the Vice-Commodore (Colonel Dugmore, of Hamble), and the Rear-Commodore (Colonel Grimston, of Pear Tree ■Green). The Royal Southampton Yacht Club has a fine Club House at the corner of Ogle Road. The West Quay Regatta Club encourages rowing as well as sailing. The Castle Yacht Club has its headquarters at Calshot Castle at the mouth of the estuary. Each of the Clubs holds an annual regatta.
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