On This Day – 11 February. 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.

1992. “Bulgarian Hope Aiming for Starting Line”. The political upheaval that has produced new freedoms in Eastern Europe is reflected in the Whitbread Round The World Race which starts off Portsmouth next September.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 02 11 417 7

1993. “Salty Mayor Sambas Home From Rio”. A Samba dancer’s blue feather, a salt-encrusted cap and the mayoral chain were in Mr Frank van der Velde’s luggage when he returned to Cape Town from Rio de Janeiro.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 02 11 763

1993. “‘Realty 1′ 5th in Cape to Rio”. “Realty 1”, the Knysna yacht with four local sailors in the crew, had an excellent performance in the testing Cape to Rio yacht race by finishing in the fifth overall position and third on handicap.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 02 11 657

1994. “Glamour Vies with Darn Hard Work”. People whose idea of paradise is spending six months sailing around the Mediterranean on a 27 metre luxury yacht will surely envy Tracy Nettelton.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 02 11 158_Redacted

1999. “Dove is Hoping for Wings in the Da Gama”. The countdown has begun to the toughest ocean race in South Africa and one of the most hazardous in the world.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 02 11 487

2000. “Sailing by Dale Granger”. Diplomatic relations between the iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro and Royal Cape have never been better in the wake of last Friday’s MTN Cape-to-Rio prize-giving, where the Japies were on their best behaviour.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 02 11 545

2006. “Charting A New Course for Women”. A casual query as to whether sailing is for “men only” has led to a voyage of a lifetime for Nolonwabo “Maritie” Yipha (23) of Mandalay near Khayelitsha.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 02 11 205

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