On This Day – 10 April. 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.

1967. “Springbok Ocean Yacht Gets Go-ahead”. There will definitely be a Springbok yacht sailing in next year’s great single-handed transatlantic race from Plymouth to New York. Work will begin at once on the construction of the sleek 50-ft racer without waiting for the outcome of the nation-wide campaign to raise R45,000 for the Springbok Ocean-Racing Trust.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 04 10 200_Redacted

1973. “Sunrose Takes First Heat”. Heat one of the Lipton Challenge Cup contest for 30 metre yachts ended in a close finish in Table Bay with the Royal Natal Yacht Club boat, Sunrose, taking first honours.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1973 04 10 288

1986. “The Annual Dinghy Migration”. Every Easter there is a migration of dinghy and sailboard competitors to Saldanha Bay for the Western Province dinghy and sailboard championships.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 04 10 450_Redacted

1989. “Vuarnet Roulette Takes It”. The Point Yacht Club’s Sangoma north and south deep sea race for Keelers was won in fine style by L34 yacht Vuarnet Roulette yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 04 10 a 372 3

1997. “Soggy Bedding, ‘Nappy Rash’ for Yachtie”. There is more to sailing than sunny bays and iced sundowners – the reality is wild seas with 17-metre waves, two showers in five weeks, monotonous dehydrated foods, soggy bedding and “nappy rash”.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 04 10 120

1997. “Coetzee Helps Wave Warrior to A Third Place Finish”. SA yachtsman Kobie Coetzee was overjoyed to be back on dry land after helping the crew aboard Toshiba Wave Warrior to a third place finish in the fourth stage of the BT Global Challenge in Table Bay yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 04 10 121_Redacted

2001. “Clarke, 76, is All Ship-shape Again”. David Clarke, the sailor with the small frame and big will power whom Capetonians came to know through his indefatigable spirit, is doing it again. This time alone.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 04 10 341

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