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 cockpit. For the Durban-based sailing magazine Sailing Inland and Offshore could be the first yachting publication in publishing history to be banned.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 12 01 117

1994. “Sunday’s Gale Ended Regatta At Algoa Bay”. The Thomair Centenary Cup Regatta began at Algoa Bay Yacht Club on Saturday. This event is traditionally a regatta for the serious racers and involves the use of standard Olympic courses.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 12 01 107

1995. “Dutch Sailor’s Yacht Wrecked on Wild Coast”. A Dutch yachtsman is stranded in East London after his yacht ran aground at Mbashe Point on the Transkei Wild Coast on Tuesday night.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 12 01 648

1995. “Prominent Sponsor in Yachting”. The local branch of Allied Bank was once again prominent in the sporting arena by sponsoring one of the first events on the new sailing calendar of the Mossel Bay Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 12 01 867

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

What is “On this Day” About?
I am busy archiving many boxes of press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary before ditching them as I have been concerned for many years about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history.

This is my personal crusade, and instead of simply archiving and keeping the contents away from prying eyes, I will share my spoils in the hope that you will enjoy reminiscing as much as I have, and continue to do as I wade through the labourious process of scanning each and every cutting in my archives.

As each scanned cutting will be searchable, I will be able to create presentation packs personally tailored to a persons exact requirements – ie. Rathmines Week, the NCS Regatta, the Rio Race, Mauritius Race, Vasco da Gama Race and more – or simply by the name of an individual (like Ant Steward and his open boat exploits) who want a record of his/her sailing career for the family archives.

I have already done this by scanning in excess of 4000 pages of material I have on ‘Voortrekker’ – from idle chatter, to concept, to the formation of what ultimately became the South African Ocean Racing Trust (SAORT), to the fruition of the 1968 OSTAR Race in which Bruce Dalling and ‘Voortrekker’ excelled – and even beyond that.

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za