A Blast from the Past
On this page are pics and images from our archives that we think may be of interest to readers, as they may have made it into the pages of either SAILING or SA Yachting magazines. We invite readers’ comments, information about the pics and even clarification on information we may have regarding the pics, the people and the boats featured.
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Mike Spruce, a follower of this blog has sent in two interesting pics. The first he titled “Launch day – ‘Voortrekker 1′” – so it dates back to 1968 – 51 years ago! The second is of the Sprog ‘Smokey’ – and is captioned as “Fred & Mike Spruce on Germiston Lake (VLC) in the …
by Richard Crockett While archiving an extensive amount of info I have on Voortrekker 1 and the formation of the Trust which was formed to raise funds for her build and OSTAR campaign in 1968 under Bruce Dalling, I looked for a few books in my library to get additional info on that singlehanded race, …
by Richard Crockett A week ago I published a few old Sprog pics and a ‘GORPS Guzzle’ certificate. Those pics and the certificate have brought many people out of the woodwork to comment and reminisce. My old mate John Wright has now updated me with info on the ‘GORPS Guzzle’, as well as supplying a …
Regrettably with each passing day the Sprog becomes less and less significant in terms of local sailing, which is a great pity as this used to be on our ‘powerhouse’ classes. In the last few days I enjoyed some picture posts on a Sprog WhatsApp group, and now have permission to share them. Sprog 240 …
By Richard Crockett While working on the SAILING Mag archives in the last few days I stumbled across 2 pics of a very old yacht taken in Durban Bay, so chose to do some super sleuthing to find out more. My sleuthing took me to some editorial David Cox wrote in the January 2010 issue …
By Richard Crockett In archiving 2 very large boxes of material I have on the original Voortrekker from dream to conception, I came across reference to it being named ‘JAG Voortrekker’ for the 1969 European season. I have so far come across no further reference to that name, other than in the crew selection correspondence. …
by Richard Crockett In sorting through my archives I am coming across some really interesting items, and this professionally compiled 3-ring binder ‘sample book’ from Ratsey & Lapthorn, Ltd Sail Makers in 1960, caught my attention for several reason. Incidentally Ratsey & Lapthorn was founded in 1790 – and is a company still in business …
By Richard Crockett Now here is some serious history on this magnificent two-man spinnaker trapeze dinghy from an A5 ring bound booklet in the SAILING Publications archives. Read the pages selected from the booklet HERE: Flying Dutchman booklet South Africa had a strong association with the class back then as in the list of Founders of …
by Richard Crockett Few of those sailing the ‘modern’ Lipton Cup contests know the real history of the event. What even fewer people know is that in 1958 Wilfred Hancock scored a ‘grand slam’ of victories by winning ALL 5 races in that contest. In the ‘70s David Cox also scored a ‘grand slam’ of …
Here’s and historical pic from the Lipton Cup when it was sailed in the glorious 30 Square Metre class. The pic was published in the Argus on 11 April 1973.
by Richard Crockett Now here’s a real blast from the past for those who used to sail Spearheads. By now there can only be a smattering of them left on our local waters, with a guess being that most can now be found on inland waters. While archiving two huge boxes of Voortrekker archive material …
This was the year that PYC changed the format somewhat and included the dinghies – a positive move which regrettably did not find favour in certain circles and was dropped. As can be seen from the results, so top boats and very well known sailors competed. In the keelboats were Hanno Teuteberg; Shaun Ferry (better …
Way back in 1993 the NCS Regatta was followed immediately by the J22 Worlds. This year the MSC Regatta is being followed by the Lipton Challenge Cup. In this press cutting from 9 July 1993 are some names of people and boats who have made a mark in sailing in this country.
Now here’s a very interesting and unique pic from the Voortrekker archive I have in my posession. This archive has all the details of the concept of competing in the OSTAR, the formation of what is now the South African Ocean racing Trust (SAORT), crew selections, fund-raising and much much more … .
By Richard Crockett The MSC Regatta gets going again on 2 July. The July week of sailing off Durban is an event steeped in history, and which started off in the ‘70s as Mainstay Week, became the Crystic Ocean Challenge, Crystic Week and then the NCS Week. Here are some archived press cuttings from the …
June 2017 issue
by Richard Crockett
I always enjoy browsing through the SAILING Mag archives and looking at the pics of yesteryear as some bring back memories. This month a file named ‘Dragons’ caught my eye as I know they are a popular class in the UK, and knew of one here in Durban. And then close to that file was one marked ‘Enterprise’ – and having sailed one, and restored one, I though it was worth a look especially as one hardly hears about this classic class any longer, despite some top names having owned them.
Pic 1. The caption to this reads: One of South Africa’s two Dragons: **Galatea sailed by Guy Reynolds in Durban. At the next Olympics South Africa hopes to be represented in this class fro the first time.
Now this pic is undated, so can anyone give an indication of that, and the name and home club of the second Dragon in the country?
Pic 2. This is an old pic, dated 1955 – so it was taken over 60 years ago. It was taken during the 1955 Cowes Regatta. The caption says: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (right) pulls in the genoa as his yacht **Bluebottle rounds the Old Castle Buoy. Uffa Fox can be seen in front of The Duke.
Chris Talbot has advised me that this is Trio was owned by Leo Caney. He also said that he was a bailer-boy on Trio in his youth and had to keep his head below deck at all times to keep windage to a minimum. Plus, it appears that Caney had an uncanny knack of running into Enterprises and dismasting them. His crew threatened to notch the tiller for every hit!
Pic 3. A fleet of Enterprise dinghies in close contest. The caption reads: Adam French, the new Highveld champion, being closely followed by Carlo Brovelli and Maurice Hare.
Does anyone know if Adam French still sails?
Pic 4. The Enterprise was always a tough old boat to sail in a breeze. This pic, taken in 1975 at the Enterprise Highveld Champs on Florida Lake, has this caption: Brian Downham and crew hanging out well in their Enterprise whilst sailing through a gust at Florida Lake.
Brian Downham was a dab-hand in most classes he sailed.
Responses to Previous Issues
Johan Van Rooyen
April 2017 issue pic 1 pg 28
L- R are Suzette Anderson, then Kate Steward. I am not sure who the third person is. I believe it was when they sailed **Fouchini Girl in the Cape to Rio Race.
April 2017 issue pg 28
Regarding the Sprog pics, the 1969 Champion at Allemanskraal Dam was John Mackay on ‘Stagalee’. I was his crew.
‘Stagalee’ was the first Sprog with Highfield levers and an adjustment at the foot of the mast including a cunningham cringle at the Jib. It was first owned by Bryan Metcalf and then purchased by the Mackay’s.
John and his brother Daniel won the Graduate National Championship in Lourenco Marques in the early Sixties. I think he was then twelve or fourteen years old. After that he competed in ‘Stagalee’.
He is the brother-in–law of the Tarboton family who sail at Midmar.
John Mackay’s swansong was the Saint Helena Race where he crewed for John Levine on a Stadt34 – the average age of the crew was in the middle sixty’s – and the old buggers showed the way!