On This Day – 11 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

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

1985. “WP Colours for Junior Yachtsmen”. The 10 junior yachtsmen selected to represent Western Province at the Interprovincial Schools Yachting Contest to be held at Swartvlei from December 31, 1985 to January 1, 1986 will be awarded Western Province team colours and will be nominated for Western Province junior colours for sailing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 11 873

1986. “Rothmans Week Regatta in Table Bay Attracts 70 Yachts”. Seventy entries have been received for the annual Rothmans Week regatta in Table Bay – 32 in the International Ocean Racing·(IOR) classes and 38 in the one-design classes.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 11 881

1987. “Natal Yachtsmen Gather at Midmar”. The best of Natal dinghy yachtsmen will be gathering at Midmar next week for their Provincial Championships in the Fireball, 505, Laser, Flying 15, Miracle and Laser II classes, the Mirror National Championships and the Hunter keel boat provincials.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 12 11 1

1993. “‘Suicide Sailor’ Back Home Safely”. Boardsailing record in turbulent waters for PE daredevil. Despite warnings of rough seas and man-eating sharks, William Tyson of Port Elizabeth this week became the first person to. complete a “suicide sail” from Richards Bay to Durban on a sailboard.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 12 11 194_Redacted

1993. “Abromowitz Performs Some Drastic Surgery”. In a no-holds-barred move to optimise an old yacht for victory status in this year’s Rothmans Week the owner has simply taken the axe to the transom and chopped it off.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 12 11 195

1994. “Sails Set As Fast New Boat Enters the Fray”. Rothmans Week, which starts in Cape Town on Friday, will provide a preview of South Africa’s challenge in the 1995 Admirals Cup, to be held off Cowes, England, in July.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 12 11 065_Redacted

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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