On This Day – 11 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.

1987. “RCYC Leases Lay-up Basin,·Berths for Many More Yachts”.· The Royal Cape Yacht Club has negotiated a long-term agreement with South African Transport Services to lease the lay-up basin in Table Bay harbour and almost double its marina capacity.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 03 11 679_Redacted

1988. “Solo Yachtsman Hours From 3-times-round-world Record”. Lone yachtsman Jon Sanders, battling through a gale off Western Australia, was today just hours from completing the first solo triple circumnavigation.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 03 11 2

1989. “Follow the Rules and Stay Alive”. As yachting in South Africa grows at an alarming rate, it has become necessary to lay down standards of safety for boats.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 03 11 068

1991. “Reed Crosses in Fifth Position”. Bertie Reed, sailing Grinaker, was the first of the “Magnificent Seven” to complete the third stage to Punta del Este of the BOC Challenge 1990/91 at 3.10am local time (10am SA Time).
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 11 21

1991. “Antarctic Climbers Return Triumphant”. The first combined sailing and mountaineering venture to the Antarctic island of South Georgia has returned home.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 11 24

1991. “Two Bravery Awards for Reed”. Bertie Reed will be getting more than a hero’s welcome when he gets home this week – he’s also getting at least
two awards for bravery.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 11 22_Redacted

1996. “SA Pair Let Hobie Crown Slip”. South Africa have reaffirmed their status as the best Hobie Sailing nation in the world, but will return home from Dubai this week without the individual world championship in the Hobie 16 class .
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 03 11 640

2006. “Alleenvaarder gereed vir wereldvaart”. ‘Teen die vyfde storm raak jy gewoond aan die sterk wind’. Die Kaapse alleenvaarder Piet Scheepers het vyf
storms oorleef op sy vaart terug van Brasilie na Tafelbaai en se nou sien hy kans vir sy eerste wereldvaart.
TRANSLATION: “Singlehander Ready for World Event”. ‘By the fifth storm you are getting used to the strong wind’. The Cape singlehanded sailor Piet Scheepers has survived five Storms on his voyage back from Brazil to Table Bay and now he is ready for his first world race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 03 11 782

2008. “Seven Top Yachts Set Off in Cape to Walvis Race”. Seven of the Royal Cape Yacht Club’s crack yachts crossed the start line as the noon gun fired yesterday on the 703 nautical mile haul to Walvis Bay in the Macs Shipping Southern Star race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 03 11 674

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