On This Day – 11 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.

1988. “Talk of the Town”. The 21-year-old Invertex Voortrekker, already being seen as a future museum-piece after a distinguished career, was still performing magnificently in mid-Atlantic yesterday in the C-Star solo race – and was said to be the talk of race headquarters at Plymouth.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 05 11 15

1988. “Start Line Drama for Two PE Yachts”. The third round of the Kwikot Week keelboat regatta was held yesterday – after two days without wind – and again had drama.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 05 11 13

1989. “Slalom Regatta At Zeekoevlei”. After a lay-off of a few years the Western Province Laser Slalom regatta is to be revived thanks to a sponsorship from Wilbur Ellis which will allow the UCT yacht club to run the regatta at Zeekoevlei on May 20 and 21.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 05 11 373 4

1991. “Lonely Call of the Sea”. Black solo sailor Neal seeks sponsor.
The operation was a painful one. A new joint had to be implanted into the hip of the pitifully thin six-year-old Neal Petersen – he was born without one.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 05 11 265

1992. “Americans, Pipped on the Line”. Italy reached a milestone in its short America’s Cup·history with a dramatic down-to-the-wire, three second win over America3 that tied the match for the ancient trophy at 1-1.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 11 164

1995. “Red Socks for Luck As Kiwis Support Sailors”. It takes something special to create a new craze among sports-mad New Zealanders.
But the prospect of an historic victory in a contest for yachting’s premier trophy, the America’s Cup, has them buying up “lucky” red socks by the sackful, sitting transfixed in front of television sets and licking their lips in anticipation.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 05 11 337_Redacted

2006. “Crewmen Tuck Into Special Diet for Cup”. While all their colleagues on the Shosholoza yacht have had to lose weight for the new America’s Cup season, the two Durban crewmen, Shaun Pammenter and Camron Wills, have done the opposite.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 05 11 674

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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