On This Day – 11 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.

1973. “Lipton Cup Yacht Races on Table Bay”. 3-page picture story.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1973 04 11 812

1985. Border Yachtsmen to Represent. SA in Italy”. Two Border yachtsmen, Robert and Jack Schlachter, have been chosen to represent South African at the world fireball championships to be held in Italy in August.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 04 11 324 29

1990. “Happy·Hanno Hangs on – 9hr Behind Reed”. SAA Voortrekker II skipper Hanno Teuteberg is a happy man.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 11 812

1991. “Crystic Week Unfurls its Sails”. Top skippers throughout the country are gearing up for the country’s premier ocean regatta – the Crystic Ocean Challenge, or Crystic Week as it has become better known.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 11 730

1991. “Dodds Behaal Goeie Sege”. Die Suid-Afrikaanse kampioen Blaine Dodds, met Steve Arnold as bemanningslid, het gister ‘n goeie oorwinning behaal in Club Mykonos se Hobie 16-wereldbyeenkoms op Langebaan.
TRANSLATION: “Dodds Achieves Good Victory”. South African champion Blaine Dodds, with Steve Arnold as a crew member, scored a good victory yesterday at Club Mykonos’ Hobie 16 World Championship at Langebaan.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 11 406 15

1991. “Martin, Reid Day Link up”. John Martin has been invited by the Grinaker group to join Bertie Reed as co-skipper of Grinaker in the Transatlantic race from Newport to Torquay next month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 11 406 17

1994. “Dodds and Arnold Retain Hobie Title”. Blaine Dodds and Steve Arnold retained their national Hobie sailing championship at Fish Hoek Beach at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 11 482

1994. “Yachtsman Steward May Return Via England”. The round-the-world yachtsman, Anthony Steward, stuck in St Helena after a fire on his boat last week, may have to fly home via England.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 11 483

1995. “Yacht Rescued in Huge Seas”. A large, Durban-registered catamaran with seven people on board was towed to the safety of Richards Bay harbour yesterday after being rescued by the NSRI in heavy seas off the North Coast.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 11 883

1996. “SA Pins Hopes on Laser Man Hibberd”. South Africans hope it will be plain sailing for yachtsman David Hibberd at the World laser championships in False Bay, which start today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 04 11 074

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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