On This Day – 1 March. 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.

1987. “The Billion Dollar Yacht Race”. The prize is an ill-designed silver cup, originally costing £105 (just over R320). But by the time the winning yacht sails over the America’s Cup finishing line later this month, over R3 billion will have been spent on what has become the roughest, most ruthless race in world sport.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 03 01 678

1990. “Marathon Across the Sea”. A record fleet of 21 yachts have entered for the Bartholomeu Dias Trophy race from Cape Town to Lisbon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 01 983

1991. “Plumber Who Knows the Water Looks for An Ocean Victory”. Ernie Shaw (56), a Durban plumbing contractor, believes he now has the know-how to pull the plug on the L34 fleet in the fourth Crystic Beachcomber yacht race from Mauritius to Durban in September.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 01 104

1992. “The Last of the Happy Amateurs”. Those who dream by night – in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes and make it possible. T E Lawrence.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 03 01 129

2004. “Rescued Japanese Yachtsman Honoured by Capetonians”. Masayuki Kikuchi, the Japanese Yachtsman rescued last week after a third failed attempt to sail around the world, was honoured yesterday for his spirit of adventure.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 03 01 737

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.

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 10 000 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