On This Day – 10 May. 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. “Delight on S.A. Entry for Atlantic Race”. Officials of the Royal Western Yacht Club of England, which organises the single-handed transatlantic yacht races, are delighted to hear that a South African entry will take part in next year’s event.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 05 10 154

1987. “A True Wave·of·courage”. True grit carried Springbok sailor John Martin from the depths of despair to a victory that has confounded the yachting world.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 05 10 515_Redacted

1990. “ Deep Sea Diver in Surface Dash to Line”. The first leg of the annual Portnet Dias Race is fast drawing to a close.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 10 004

1991. “Greg Davis is Leader on Handicap in ‘Challenger’”. Greg Davis on AMC Classic Challenger is leading on handicap in the sponsored regatta currently being raced in Port Elizabeth.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 05 10 266

1994. “Margerethe to Sail in France”. A committee member of the Flamingo Yacht Club in Welkom, Mrs Margerethe Lloyd, has been selected for the SA women’s team to participate in an international sailing event in France later this year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 05 10 301

1995. “Stormy America’s Cup”. New Zealand have swept into a 2-0 lead in the America’s Cup off San Diego on course for a famous victory over four times winner Dennis Conner – but yet another storm of controversy has engulfed the battle for world yachting’s greatest prize.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 05 10 330

1997. “Sailing by Roy Dunster”. The big news for Durban (and National) sailing this week is that the Mauritius Race is on. It will start on September 27, (chosen for its proximity to school holidays and a full moon) and should take the fastest boats about a week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 05 10 416

2001. “Balfour Wishes Sailors Bon Voyage”. Local yachtsman Sieraj Jacobs was
elated ‘yesterday when Sports Minister Ngconde Balfour dropped by at the V&A Waterfront for a crash course in yachting.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 05 10 585

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