“Talking Sailing” from My Archives. The Spearhead Dinghy

by Richard Crockett Last week I covered the Sprog and Winger dinghies, and promised to follow it with the Spearhead. In his book “Sailing in Southern Africa”“, Anthony Hocking said that the design freedom allowed among Goodricke dinghies, had many enthusiasts feeling that the Vivace hulls should be made a one-design class, to eliminate possible continual expensive changes which had proved the bane of other good designs. The Vivace Class would still be within the current Goodricke rule, but would ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my Archives. The Winger Dinghy

by Richard Crockett Last week I wrote about the Sprog, so it makes sense to cover the Winger two-man dinghy now. Sadly it was a class that just never had the ‘legs’ the Sprog did, yet reading the info on this dinghy one wonders why? In the book “Yachting in Southern Africa” by Anthony Hocking, this is what was said about the Winger.: “The Winger was essentially a big brother to the Sprog, built in marine plywood with water proof ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my Archives. The Sprog Dinghy As Written by Her Designer

by Richard Crockett The Sprog dinghy is almost 75 years old, but sadly is no longer a force to be reckoned with in local sailing. In its heyday it was often said that unless one had won a Sprog National title, you were not one of the “greats” in local sailing! And that list of Sprog national champions does read like the “Who’s Who of sailing in this country”. I have chosen the Sprog for today’s feature as I have ... Read More »

Cariad I. A Sweetheart Who’s Beautiful to Look at

by Richard Crockett While delving into SAILING’s archives recently I noticed a few pics of Cariad 1, which I always remember as the yacht which was refurbished in Durban for the 1971 Cape to Rio race, and whose name comes up on occasions when graceful yachts are mentioned. These pics of her show a beautiful and graceful lady under sail, and sadly some of her in a desperate state of disrepair. Below are a few highlights of her years under ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my Archives. Please Don’t Be Catty…

by Richard Crockett I certainly don’t want to commence a war of words about catamarans versus other vessels as that would simply be dumb. Those wars of words happened light-years ago now, and remain buried as catamarans. Indeed, multihulls in general are common in our marinas and have chalked up some remarkable passages. Plus our local industry has a world-wide reputation for building quality multihulls. I raise the matter simply because in the very first issue of SA Yachting magazine, ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my Archives. UK ‘Fundi’ Praises the RCOD

by Richard Crockett Early last week I featured the 1961 report announcing that the Royal Cape Yacht Club had launched its own one-design class – that being the RCOD. Some 16 years later it was still gaining traction and being talked about internationally. The fact that the man who launched the Amateur Yacht Research Society, Dr John Morwood, had decided to build one for himself, gave substantial credibility to this growing class. Plus he gives his reasons why. Read the ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my Archives. Rothman’s Week 1974

by Richard Crockett Last week I featured the very first Mainstay Week which was modelled on the highly successful Rothman’s week jointly organised and run by the Cruising Association of South Africa (CASA) and the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC). The announcement for Rothman’s Week was made in SA Yachting Magazine in June 1974 under the headline: Rothman’s Cape Sailing Week. “Keelboat sailing in the Western Province is to get a tremendous lift following the announcement by Rothman’s that the ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my Archives. Mainstay Week 1978

by Richard Crockett I have picked this regatta specifically today as I recently scanned some very old slides (transparencies) taken during the event, and share these as many of our young sailors today simple laugh or dismiss the fact that one would ever consider racing a Miura, Impact, Petersen 33, RCOD – or in fact most of the boats in these pics. But that’s what we did and all the BIG names in top-flight racing were in attendance. “Back in ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my Archives. Zwartkops Centenary Regatta

by Richard Crockett There are moments in life when one feels something special about to happen, or, that simply being at an event feels very special. Well the Zwartkops Yacht Club Centenary Regatta was one of those moments as never before had so many Springbok yachtsmen competed against each other, let alone been at the same regatta. In early 1984 when Zwartkops Yacht Club celebrated its centenary, besides hosting the SAYRA AGM and annual gala dinner at their club, they ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my Archives. Talk About Boats

by Richard Crockett Frank Robb was a prolific writer of the affairs of sailing with his scribblings featuring in SA Yachting magazines regularly from the first issue. So it hardly surprising that the very first issue of the magazine carried one of his articles entitled “Talk About Boats”. The subject was appropriate – or so the heading indicates anyway. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:  1957 10-11 – SA Yachting – pgs 26 & 27 Most serious yachties have probably fallen ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my Archives. RCYC Launches its One-Design

by Richard Crockett I was intrigued by the headline when I saw it in the May/June 1961 issue of SA Yachting magazine, as this was the birth of what ultimately became the Royal Cape One Design (RCOD) Class. Confirmation of this comes from Roger Hocking’s book entitled “Yachting in Southern Africa” as he said: “Van de Stadt was asked to provide plans of the latest development of Zeeslang, his Black Soo, and it was not long before a one-design fleet ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Who Was First to Circumnavigate with the New RSA Flag?

By Richard Crockett Last week I wrote about the first South African boat to circumnavigate, that being Cariad I. But who was the first South African to circumnavigate under the new South African flag? It was none other than the redoubtable JJ Provoyeur – a remarkable man in every sense. I first got to know JJ during the 1980 Fireball Worlds off Durban where he finished runner-up. What I did not know until researching this editorial was that during the ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” – From My Archives. Roman Rock Lighthouse Celebrates 159 Years of Service

by Richard Crockett (As you can see, this section from the archives will now be under the “Talking Sailing” banner.) At about the same time as this article on Roman Rock Lighthouse in False Bay was published by Africa Ports & Shipping, I was digitising the July-August 1960 issue of SA Yachting. The cover of that issue depicted this lighthouse with a dinghy being rowed out towards it. And at a similar time I stumbled upon the original B/W print ... Read More »

From My Archives. Which Was the First South African Yacht to Circumnavigate?

by Richard Crockett I am sure, like me, that most of the answers will be Sandefjord. I was always under that impression until I queried this fact and was told it was White Seal – which I took for granted. But in doing some archiving of very early SA Yachting magazines, plus some old black & white pics in my archive, I came across reference to White Seal and decided to delve a little deeper. In reporting on her circumnavigation ... Read More »