Historical

On This Day – 16 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1987. “Dias Chase on for SA Skipper”. A week ago the youngest South African skipper in the Bartolomeu Dias 500 th anniversary race set off in his 41 ft craft – French Connection – on the first leg of the Lisbon-to-Cape Town contest. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 12 16 6 1990. “ A Sea of Troubles, But Martin Set ... Read More »

On This Day – 15 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Durban ‘Fleet’ to Sail on Boxing Day”. ·Nomad, the New Zealand yacht entered for the Cape to Rio race, left Durban for Cape Town on Saturday with owner Bill Williams :and his family aboard. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 15 823 1970. “Mercury Busy on Deep-sea Trials”. Mercury, the sleek 13-metre (42ft.) ocean racing yacht representing the Province ... Read More »

On This Day – 14 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1984. “Skippers Gear Up for the Cape to Uruguay”. The start of the 1985 Cape-to-Uruguay yacht race may still be six weeks away, but for a number of contestants the big test starts next week. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 12 14 319 12 1986. “Stormy Seas Torture BOC Sailors”. Veteran Springbok yachtsman Bertie Reed – dogged by bad luck ... Read More »

On This Day – 11 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1985. “WP Colours for Junior Yachtsmen”. The 10 junior yachtsmen selected to represent Western Province at the Interprovincial Schools Yachting Contest to be held at Swartvlei from December 31, 1985 to January 1, 1986 will be awarded Western Province team colours and will be nominated for Western Province junior colours for sailing. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 11 873 ... Read More »

On This Day – 10 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. Radio to Report on Yachts”. Details have been announced of the role which the SABC is to play in the trans-Atlantic yacht race to be held early next year between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 10 811 1970. “Pat Cullen Will Take Sandefjord”. Probably the best known sailing boat in South Africa, ... Read More »

On This Day – 9 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Meet Two Girls Who Are ·Really Going Places”. Australian Sue is en route to Rio. Cooke is her name … and also her designation. And in her 4ft. 6in. square cooking area (“I can just get my hips in”), she can come up with a tasty, bully-beef-based meal under the worst conditions on the high seas. To read the full report, Click on the ... Read More »

On This Day – 8 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1967. “Tabarly May Sail Trimaran In Atlantic Contest”. Eric Tabarly, of France, winner of the 1964 single-handed transatlantic race, may not compete in the event next June in the £30,000 Pen-Duick Ill, which was built largely for that purpose. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 12 08 095_Redacted 1986. “White Crusader’s Hopes Fade After Defeat by USA”. California’s USA yesterday seriously ... Read More »

On This Day – 7 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Rio Yacht In Storm Drama”. Four distress flares, fired in the teeth of yesterday’s storm from a yacht being driven perilously close to shore, caused Natal’s official Cape-to-Rio race entry, the Mercury, to break away from a warm-up exercise and speed to the rescue. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 07 815_Redacted 1986. “Australia IV in A Big Hurry”. ... Read More »

On This Day – 6 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1985. “Wits Team Sails to Yachting Victory”. The University of the Witwatersrand won the South African Universities yachting competition at Midmar Dam, Natal this week, followed by Durban University and then Pietermaritzburg University. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 06 666 1985. “Peter is Rothmans Yacht’s ‘Weapons’”. The yacht PG Wood, one of Durban’s top entries in this year’s Rothmans ... Read More »

On This Day – 5 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1986. “Pop Star’s Yacht Given Drug Search At End of World Race”. Four more maxi yachts finished the Whitbread round-the-world yacht race yesterday and customs officials searched one of them for -drugs but came up empty-handed, officials said. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 05 12 464 1986. “BOC Sailor Concussed”. The oldest competitor in·the BOC round-the-World yacht race has been badly ... Read More »

On This Day – 4 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Portugal’s Sole·Rio Yacht Race Entrant”. The 46-ft fibre-glass yacht, Adamastor, will be the sole Portuguese entrant in the Cape to Rio race. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 04 812_Redacted 1970. “Armchair Sailing Made Easy”. An intricate system involving the use of radio, teleprinters and computers has been devised for plotting the daily positions of yachts in the Cape-to-Rio ... Read More »

On This Day – 3 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Last-minute Race Rush”. The skippers and crews of·the Durban yachts taking part in the Cape to Rio race are already involved in a race of their, a race to get to the starting line on time. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 03 798_Redacted 1970. “Sea Trials for Cariad”. Cariad I, the world-famous racing yacht and Cape to Rio ... Read More »

On This Day – 2 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Rio Race Will Not·be Easy, Says Dalling”. Despite the fact that he has one of the finest racing yachts in South Africa at his disposal, Bruce·Dalling has no illusions of “walking it” in the Cape to Rio race next month. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 02 800_Redacted 1970. “Yacht Hitches A Ride”. The Cape Town·based fish factory ship, ... Read More »

On This Day – 1 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1989. “What A Hobie Regatta”. With 15 entrants last weekend’s Hobie Regatta at the Santos Beach, sponsored by Rodger Brink, was a great success. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 12 01 _Redacted 1991. “Yachting World in A Tizz Over Tit of A Sailing Cover”. It’s not being billed as a storm in a teacup – instead a gale in a ... Read More »

On This Day – 30 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1986. “Scant Support for Body Searches?”. The top America’s Cup syndicates have ridiculed suggest ions for body searches in an effort to halt the use of illegal electronic weather pagers on the boats. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 11 30 620 1991. “UNWITTING BLOOPER. Who Could -Blame Him for ‘Circumventing’ World?”. I was interested to read, in a report in ... Read More »