On This Day – 10 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.

1986. “Yachting·Teams Play Cat and Mouse”. The syndicate which has become a new contender to represent Australia in defence of yachting’s greatest prize, the America’s Cup, has created as much interest with its secrecy as its performance.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 03 10 004

1986. “Rodgers Byna Oorboord in Diepsee”. Die Britse seiljagvaarder Paul Rodgers het gister byna oorboord geval in Stannic se South Star-alleenvaart. Hy het net betyds ‘n seil vasgegryp om horn terug te trek en ‘n noodlottige ongeluk le voorkom.
TRANSLATION: “Rodgers Almost Overboard in the Deep Sea”. British yachtsman Paul Rodgers almost fell overboard in Stannic’s South Star singlehanded race yesterday. He grabbed a canvas just in time to pull him back and prevent a fatal accident.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 03 10 432

1994. “SA Yachtsmen Qualify for World Champs”. The final Fireball pre-worlds race was won yesterday off Durban by Swiss sailors Urs Schar and Ruedi Moser after snatching the lead on the second windward leg, and holding it comfortably to the finish.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 03 10 326

2005. “Sailing Whiz Justin All Set for Schools Regatta”. Grey High School pupil Justin Onvlee, recently named South Africa’s sailor of the year, is trimming his sails ahead of this weekend’s 29th Eastern Cape Coca-Cola Inter-schools Sailing Championships at Redhouse Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 03 10 766

 

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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 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