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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On This Day – 12 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Bruce Dalling swapped sail for power as he signed up as 3rd mate aboard a freighter, while American John Snowden sailed his 25ft. Masthead sloop single-handed into Durban three years after buying it as a weekend pleasure cruiser. The Rio …

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Remember ‘Cariad’? Well on this day in 1969 it was reported that her two year restoration was almost complete, and that she would head to the West Indies to do charter work. And work of a different kind as this …

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 10 November was a very busy day in the newspaper history of sailing, so much so that I have really battled to cull many a good story today. But what is here will hopefully tickle the tastebuds! It’s also quite …

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On These Days – 8 & 9 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. We kick off with news of offshore yachting in Durban in 1969, and immediately fast forward to 1995 and some anger in the Whitbread race. In 1999 there were claims of a US bias in the America’s Cup – who …

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. A slight change in headline this morning to better represent the origin of this history. We open today with a delightful tale of a Sandefjord crewman who received a “broomstick whopping” It’s a wonderful read. Bruce Dalling announced that his …

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On This Day – 6 November. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. With most cruisers doing their circumnavigations from East to West, Durban was always the first South African city they stopped in after a tough passages in the Indian Ocean. The city, “back in the day”, always received high praise from …

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On This Day – 5 November. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. One aspect of our sport few give any thought to is that sailing is a sport one can participate in from a very young kid until old age. There is no better example of this, which is highlighted today, by …

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On These Days – 2, 3 & 4 November. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. The weekend was filled with distractions other than sailing – and a very fine victory by the Boks. How humbling it was to see Siya raise the Web Ellis Trophy, and listen to him as journalists from around the world …

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On This Day – 1 November. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. There is tons of news today, so let’s get to it! International cruising folk who arrive in this country during this period continue to be enamoured with our beautiful country, and Africa as a whole. This cruising couple took off …

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On This Day – 30 October. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Today, 52 years ago, was a significant day in my life as I was taken to watch the ‘Sandefjord’ movie as part of my 12th birthday celebrations. The rest is history as it was not long after this that I …

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On This Day – 29 October. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. There’s not much news today from the 5000 or more individual newspaper cuttings I have so far archived. But there’s lot’s more to come, so it’s simply a case of being patient. There was talk of an exclusive club for …

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On These Days – 27 & 28 October. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Round-the-World cruising yachtsmen are again in the news, while we continue to follow the saga of the missing ‘Carina”. A Cape Times editorial picks up on the concern of BOC Challenge yachtsmen of the oceanic “desert” encountered during their passage …

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On this Day – 26 October. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. We continue with a few stories from yesterday. The first being more info on the missing yacht ‘Carina’. The other being a headline that no Durban yachtie would have liked to see, that being: “Council told: Leave Durban Bay Alone”. …

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On this Day – 25 October. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

1967 10 25 c 1967 10 25 c. 1967 10 25 1990 10 25 393 1993 10 25 204by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Today is pretty low-key, but important in that a City of Durban proposal to reclaim land from Durban Bay for the Royal …

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On this Day – 24 October. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. At this time of the year, every year, round-the-world cruisers start turning up at our ports, all with wonderful stories to tell and share with the landlubbers. Today in 1967 was no different! Plus there is a report on an …

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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!