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towards it, upon the sea there, is rather more than half­way, any land which is lower than this hill may be seen in a direct line; but on account of the refraction of the air, it would appear more elevated than it is in reality, and the refraction varying in different states of the air, the island will at times appear at varied elevations above the sea, when the sea is at the same altitude. If we admit the breadth of the Channel to be 70 miles, it would require land on the other side to be about 1452ft. high, to be seen in a straight line from this hill; but as there is no land on the opposite coast the height of which is nearly equal to this, it can neither be seen directly, nor can the refraction elevate it sufficiently to render it visible from hence.
The following is the description of the Course, viz.:— " The Old Course," on which the Cup and Stakes are run, forms a figure like three sides of a square, with very easy turns, and is one mile and three-quarters and 265 yards in length. The first quarter of a mile is level, with a slight dip at the end of it; the next half mile is on the ascent, and from the mile post there is a descent until about one-third of a mile from the finish, where there is a sharp hill up to the " Winning Post." " The New Course" is one mile and three-quarters and 144 yards, and is formed by starting from "The Winning Post," and running about three quarters of a mile from home to the right, round an elbow and turning into "The Old Course " again about midways between the " T.Y.C." and the mile post. The " T.Y.C." is three-quarters of a mile ; " The New Ovingdean Course" is about five furlongs.
A large portion of the Course is out of the parish of Brighton, and held by an arrangement with the owner. Formerly it was customary to give a quantity of wine annually for the use thereof, but the custom having been broken on one occasion, and notice having been served on the Eace Committee to discontinue racing over that portion,
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