On This Day – 1 February. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

From the overwhelming response I receive from these posts, from all over the world I may add, the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am being connected with some wonderful people thirsty for more. Thank you all who have made contact.

Should you wish to copy, forward or share material from here, PLEASE acknowledge the source as: Sourced From the SAILING Mag Archives & Historical Records.

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following each headline.

1985. “Lack of Good Small Boat Harbour Decried”. A recent holiday in Cape Town has prompted me to write this letter. The boating “explosion” around the peninsula and up the West Coast has to be seen to be believed. The facilities at Royal Cape Yacht Club within the harbour area are bursting at the seams. Hout Bay is now home to a number of pleasure craft, Gordon’s Bay is pretty full, Saldanha Bay at which a mere handful of yachts used to moor now has two areas with many craft as well as many more at Langebaan and Church Haven and so on.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 02 01 320 10_Redacted

1987. “Of Ships and Sails and Dedication”. Dennis Conner, the man whose defeat opened the gates of the America’s Cup, is ready to win it back from Australia with his feared Stars and Stripes.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 02 01 502

1988. “Costly Yacht Takes Line Honours”. The R500 000 Durban yacht Hulett Aluminium, skippered by her owner Lee McGregor, crossed the line at Mossel Bay at 2.24pm yesterday to take first-leg line honours in the Anglo-Alpha Agulhas Dias race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 02 01 1

1989. “It’s Been A Slow Agulhas Race”. Only 10 of the 18 starters in the Anglo-Alpha Agulhas yacht race had crossed the first-leg finish line at Mossel Bay by the noon deadline yesterday, at the end of one of the slowest-ever outward legs in this often-punishing contest.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 02 01 073

1990. “Youngsters Shine in Laser Championship”. Knysna Yacht Club was the host for the recent National Laser championship where the age limit was set at 21 and a very competitive fleet of 27 youngsters took part.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 02 01 384 2

1990. “Reed Not Quite Ready Yet to Drop Anchor for Last Time”. Bertie Reed, SA’s internationally-known singlehanded yachtsman, said yesterday be had no intention of retiring from competitive sailing until he had completed the two major races in 1990/91 for which he was now preparing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 02 01 384 1

1992. “Love on Hold As Voyage to Fame Calls”. What do you promise the girl of your dreams?
With adventurer Ant Stewart, the Durban attorney currently sailing alone around the world in history’s smallest open ocean yacht, the answer is simple. An ulcer.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 02 01 879

1992. “Yachting Pair·in Dramatic Olympic Trials Win”. Champagne flowed here after winners of the Olympic yachting trials were announced.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 02 01 808

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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.

Should you wish to copy, forward or share material from here, PLEASE acknowledge the source as: Sourced From the SAILING Mag Archives & Historical Records.

From the overwhelming response I receive from these posts, from all over the world I may add, the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am being connected with some wonderful people thirsty for more. Thank you all who have made contact.

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 do, 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. Rothmans 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 8500 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