“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1991 Round the Island Race

by Richard Crockett The headline on the SA Yachting magazine report shouted :Tornado Rips Through Fleet”. And so it did, but not a Tornado that damaged the fleet or surrounds as it was a Tornado catamaran sailed by Garth Boshoff and Ralf Spargel which took the overall honours. And, they broke the record too, registering a quick 72 minutes for the course. Interestingly the time SA Yachting reported is very different to the time which SAILING Mag reported. It may ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1982 – 1984 Round the Island Races

by Richard Crockett So here’s a bumper issue of reports on the Round the Island Races – 6 reports of the 1982, ‘83 & ‘84 races. What is clear is that Sponsorship of the event was becoming possible due to its increased stature in the sailing world, but to keep sponsors did not appear to be that easy. As always, this event has “wind and water” issues – the 1982 event a complete drifter, the 1983 being blessed with good ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Even Bigger in 1981

by Richard Crockett From 534 to 549 – it’s not a big leap forward, but it was a positive indication that the vent was in the hearts and minds of yachties as one of those on the bucket list of events to compete in. For the record there were 549 entries. Largest class, 92 Halcats. Fireballs were the largest dinghy class with 25. Largest recognised keelboat class, the Hunters, with 25. There were even 10 Soling entered. Oh, and for ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 534 Race Round the Island

by Richard Crockett It appears that the Round the Island Race on the Vaal Dam “came of age” in 1980 when 534 boats started the race, and a competing boat was on te cover of SA Yachting magazine. This 534 boat fleet was considered at the time as a record for a sailing event of its kind in Southern Africa . The entry of 181 keelers, 170 multihulls and 183 dinghies was perhaps also a good indication of the increased ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1969 Round the Island Race

by Richard Crockett This is the 4th event I have covered in this series now, and still it is quite small and very localised despite attracting some attention from outside of the Vaal Dam. However all events take time to gather momentum, gain interest and indeed the trust of sailors, before blossoming forth and becoming great events. To grow one needs to re-evaluate the event each year, include more of what was good in the following year, and discard that ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Round the Island Race.

By Richard Crockett Whenever I search my archives I regularly come across references to the Round the Island race on the Vaal Dam, and it triggers a memory note that I should share info on this race. Today it is a very well run annual event organised by the Lake Deneys Yacht Club. The very first reference I can find of the event was in August 1962, in a very brief report that did not even give the number of ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Round Cape Horn As Bootlicker Explores the Frightful 50’s

by Richard Crockett Jerry Whitehead was a remarkable man, seaman and thoroughly good chap. He was simply one of those very likeable guys who did everything properly after having done thorough research. Having decided to enter the 1979 Uruguay Race, while studying the charts of the South Atlantic he realised that when he arrived in Uruguay at the finish he would never be closer to Cape Horn again in his life. So, quietly and competently he research what needed to ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my archives. Of Flying Dutchmen, 505s, Spearheads & Buccaneers

by Richard Crockett While researching material on the Buccaneer in 1976 I found a report on the WP Buccaneers champs, plus a really good one entitled “Durban …. Zowie!” so have chosen to share them both. Bertie Reed won the WP Buccaneer champs, a tough one indeed as the opening paragraph said this: This year’s Western Province Buccaneer championship in False Bay was a triumph for Citizen Force SANSA members sailing in the 13-boat entry which endured good, bad and ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Festival National in False Bay

by Richard Crockett Today I have chosen not to keep with the Buccaneer theme exclusively as in doing my research I came across a wonderful feature article on the multi-class National Champs festival regatta in False Bay – which included the Buccaneers. There’s lots to read in this article which is like a who-who of sailing in this country, plus a complete set of results too for the 350-boat regatta which took place over a full week. Enjoy it, it’s ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my archives. Buccaneers in False Bay

by Richard Crockett Why False Bay was never renamed Buccaneer Bay is beyond me as these bullet-proof yachts seemed to come out “en-mass” in False Bay when Buccaneer events were scheduled. Good for them as the class grew and the competition was epic. Today I have two different Buccaneer events for you. The first, reported on in the May issue of SA Yachting was under the headline “Nationals Preview” – a multi-class National Championship event sailed over the Easter Weekend. ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1973 WP Buccaneer Champs

Pages from 1973 10 – SA Yachting – OCR by Richard Crockett By now the “Buc” class had become well established and championship regattas were becoming more of the norm. It was at this regatta that the name Bertie Reed came to the fore in the class as he was referred to then as the “cock of the fleet” – as he won the event. Maybe it was his “secret rigging adjustments, as mentioned in the text, that helped him ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. False Bay Buccaneer Week

by Richard Crockett Well the Buccaneer posts have struck a chord with several readers. Delighted to have been able to tickle the tastebuds and awaken the brain cells! There’s lot’s more to come in the days ahead, so stay tuned as they say in the classics. Week-long regattas in those days, the very early ‘70s, were few and far between, so the organising committee took some strain getting it all together as the following paragraph from the report shows: “Tubby ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1st Buccaneer Nationals

by Richard Crockett In searching the archives there are many interesting tidbits of info on the Class, like the Class President throwing his toys when the scribe mentioned in a report that the class was not happy with SAYRA and would rather be administered by CASA! What is certain is that politics played a key role in the sport way back in the ‘60s. I did discover a report on the very first W.P.S.A. champs for R.C.O.D.s and Buccaneers. Sadly ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my archives. The Buccaneer

by Richard Crockett An avid follower of my scribblings is David Staniforth who recently mentioned that I should give the Buccaneer keelboat class some coverage as he fondly remembers his time sailing them in tough conditions in False Bay. It’s easier said than done as try spelling the name Buccaneer? Not so easy as it has been written in several different ways over the years, so one has to word-search every option to drill down deep into the digital archives ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Moonshine Wins Double Cape

by Richard Crockett This time it was the Miura ‘Moonshine’ skippered by Tony Abbott which took the overall honours from Bobby Bonger’s ‘Impact’. As always with multiple starts, one at each of the starting clubs, conditions were naturally different, yet this is what makes the race so unique and challenging. The RCYC starters had hardly any wind at all at the start, while others enjoyed a good South Easter. READ THE SA YACHTING REPORT HERE:  Pages from 1985 11 – ... Read More »