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

by Richard Crockett

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

1970. Radio to Report on Yachts”. Details have been announced of the role which the SABC is to play in the trans-Atlantic yacht race to be held early next year between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 10 811

1970. “Pat Cullen Will Take Sandefjord”. Probably the best known sailing boat in South Africa, after Voortrekker, is Sandefjord, the 57-year-old former Norwegian . lifeboat now at moorings in Cape Town’s yacht basin.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 10 805_Redacted

1986. “New Zealand First to Book Semifinals Place”. New Zealand became the first yacht to book a place in the America’s Cup challenger semifinals yesterday as savage winds blew wide open the chase for the remaining three places.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 10 658

1986. “Bertie·Reed Hit by Diesel Poisoning”. South African BOC ocean racer Bertie Reed, more than 1 000 sea-miles behind the leaders, has developed diesel poisoning – presumably through diesel generator fuel getting into an open wound.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 10 660

1986. “Battered Yachts Report Heavy Going”. At the head of one of the most storm-battered fleets in ocean racing history two French skippers, Titouan Lamazou and Philippe Jeantot, enter Australia’s hazardous Bass Strait today in a dramatic fight to the finish in the second leg of the BOC round-the-world race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 10 687

1987. “Local Lad Sails in Dias Race”. Graeme Stoner of 19 Cotswold Drive, Milnerton, is experiencing the dream of a lifetime, sailing on the high seas as a crewman on the maxi yacht Panther, in the Bartolomeu Dias, Lisbon to Cape Town race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 12 10 2

1991. “Ahoy! The World Here I Come!”. One of the more unusual designs at the National Boat Show will be Ahoy, a minuscule 14-ft seven-in ocean going yacht.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 12 10 791

1992. “Successful Botswana Trip”. Lyle, Jackson among winners. De Beers Yacht Club members Peter Lyle and Warren Jackson were among the winners at the Botswana Independence Day yachting Championships at Gabarone.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 10 12 427 2

1991. “Grand Old Sea-lady Ready for Action”. Two years of work came to fruition as the Defence Force yacht Southern Floe went into the water off Durban’s Salisbury Island after an extensive refit in time for the
1993 Rothmans Cape to Rio Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 10 12 427 19

1992. “Constantia Couple Will Share Helm in Regatta”. An intrepid Constantia couple will be sharing the helm of their yacht in an all-out bid for victory in Rothmans Week in Table Bay from next Monday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 12 10 390

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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.

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