Archive Pics & Hunter Class 50th Anniversary

by Richard Crockett Some call it the largest keelboat class in South Africa, and whether it is or not is irrelevant as it has stood the test of time. This year the class will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with its national championships being sailed in conjunction with Keel Boat Week at Deneysville Aquatic Club on the Vaal Dam. 60 is the number of boats expected. It is a very active class with good numbers with sizeable fleets in the ... Read More »

The Offshore Racing Game

by Richard Crockett This is the title of an article in the very first SA Yachting magazine dated October/November 1957. It’s an interesting article for many different reasons. • It mentions the ocean race from Simonstown to Port Elizabeth at the end of 1956. This was organised by the Cruising Association of South Africa (CASA) in conjunction with he Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC). • That race was a follow-on to the Simonstown to Mossel Bay race held the year ... Read More »

Lipton Challenge Cup – Historical Article From the 1958 Event

by Richard Crockett There are 11 entries for this year’s event, sadly just 1 lone entry from Gauteng and absolutely no interest from Durban or KZN in general. That gives a strong Cape bias and interest in the ONLY national Interclub event in the country. Sad but true – and kudos to those clubs who have taken up the challenge. This article is not about the numbers – no, the Lipton Cup is not a numbers game – it’s about ... Read More »

Rolled Thrice Near the Ice

This is a thrilling first-hand account of two young men sailing around the world in a 10-metre sloop. This is how it was done in the ‘old’ days before bureaucracy killed the free spirited yachtie, and brought in a whole raft of regulations. These two guys eventually made it to Cape Town, where with typical ‘Tavern of the Seas’ hospitality, they were well looked after, and all repairs undertaken. They were also given an old wooden wheel by Commodore J ... Read More »

July 2017 – From the Archives

Blast from the Past by Richard Crockett I have selected some pics from the Vaal Dam, and hope that some of the stalwarts of those waters can give some info on the boats and people depicted.   Responses to Previous Issues Dr Tim Kerry (Pietermaritzburg and Hunter 19 sailor – not in the running for foiling!) May 2017 pg 28 Regarding your photographs in the May issue, I think the lady at the helm was Kate Steward. I cannot remember ... Read More »

Witbank Yacht Club celebrates its 50th Anniversary in August.

According to ‘Yachting in Southern Africa’ by Anthony Hocking, the club was inaugurated in 1967 when it first used the Municipal slipway at the Witbank Dam on the Olifants River. The original prefabricated clubhouse was destroyed in a storm at the end of the 1969-70 season, and anew prefab building was completed on 6 acres of land leased from Rand Mines. The dam has an area of approximately 800 hectares when full. The 50th Anniversary celebrations are on 26 August ... Read More »