From the Archives

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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From the Archives. A Postcard from Napoleon!

by Richard Crockett While archiving a scrapbook collection of newspaper and other cuttings I was given for safekeeping some years ago, I could not help but be amused by this postcard of Napoleon’s arrival off St Helena. But what tickled me more was the inscription on the back, showing the date as 24 April 1816 …

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From the Archives. Some Old Pics of Durban’s Yacht Mole.

While clearing out and sort some old archive material yesterday I came across these pics of Durban’s Yacht Mole taken in 1982 – and WOW do they bring back memories.       Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+

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From The Archives. Castaway Ant

by Richard Crockett Due to the huge following my first post a couple of days ago created, I though another may be appropriate. ‘Castaway Ant’ is a legend throughout the sailing world – and a man highly respected as a yachtie. Interestingly he did somewhat hog the news headlines when he made contact at every …

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From the Archives. Ant Steward

Ant Steward was a household name in sailing circles in this country thanks mainly to his solo ‘open boat’ circumnavigation. He was in the news big time, and his following from landlubbers and sailors alike was huge. And then he was lost! He was wrecked on a remote island somewhere in the Seychelles, and lived …

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From the Archives. Traditional Boats

This country used to have a Traditional Boat Association which, as I have not heard much about it for some years, must now assume it is defunct. Sad, but probably due to many of the old codgers who established and nurtured it no longer being with us. This pic, from the Cape Argus of 14 …

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From the Archives. Young J22 Crew

This newspaper cutting refers to David Rae (18) as a top Pretoria yachtsman who has been selected to skipper a South African entry in the J22 Worlds in the USA. Rae has gone on to achieve great this in his sailing career, and is now a sailmaker with North Sails in Cape Town. But what …

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From the Archives. Facilities and Iron Ore

This newspaper cutting from the EP Herald published on 1 February 1985 highlights infrastructure issues within sailing in this country. And now, 30-plus years later, not a lot has changed! It was recently announced by Transnet that the planned relocation of the Iron Ore stack has been delayed until the next decade – a very …

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From the Archives. Voortrekker I & II

  This cutting from the Cape Argus on 10 January 1990 report that these two famous yachts were lying ‘neglected’ at their moorings. We know that Voortrekker II sank during the last Cape to Rio Race – but what has happened to Voortrekker I – and where is she now? Both yachts hold a soft …

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From the Archives. Worcester Yacht Club

by Richard Crockett This cutting from the Worcester Standard Advertiser on 3 March 1989 caught my eye as it’s no longer a Club that gets mentioned much, or ever! Does it still exist? If so maybe someone from the club would like to enlighten members about their activities. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+

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From the Archives. Southstar Race 1989

Featured here are Patrick Holloway and Gary Farrow who were last minute entrants into the Southstar Race, having obtained some late and much needed sponsorship. They won this race against some stiff competition, even beating Bertie Reed! In this two-page feature they tell their story of the race.           Share on …

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From the Archives. Round the Island Race

With the Round the Island Race on the Vaal Dam due to start at the end of this month, here’s a reminder of what it was about in 1988. This cutting from The Star on 18 January 1988, has this caption: About 600 boats turned out on a beautiful Vaal Dam for the Round the …

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An ‘Ancient’ Team Re-United

by Richard Crockett I do love the history of our sport, especially the personalities involved and the vivid memories of sailing in ‘their days’ which they recall with great gusto, enthusiasm and a touch of nostalgia. We have a wonderful sport. Regrettably its history is being trashed every single day as mementoes, pics, newspaper and …

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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 …

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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) …

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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 …

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June History pic 1

June History pic 2

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?

June History pic 3

June History pic 4

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.

Rob Martin
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’.

June History pic 4

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!