On This Day – 12 August. 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.

1985. “11 Yachts Knocked Out of Gruelling UK Race”. The 968 km Fastnet race, last event of the Admiral’s Cup series, has developed into the most gruelling since the notorious 1979 race, with 11 yachts retiring by yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 08 12 – 000013

1985. “Top Pop Star’s Yacht Overturns in Race”. A racing yacht, skippered by pop superstar Simon le Bon, capsized yesterday in rough seas, trapping some people under the hull, but all were eventually rescued by lifeboats and a helicopter.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 08 12 – 000025

1987. “Joe Tacks Well Towards Big Prize”. ·The youngest team in this year’s Lipton Cup Challenge sailed away with the first leg of the week long regatta in Table Bay yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 12

1989. “Weigh the Anchor and Hoist the Racing Sails”. It’s weigh the anchor and hoist the sails for one of the prestige events on the South African yachting calendar, the 1989 Joko Lipton Cup Challenge to be held in Table Bay from August 20-26.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 12 033

1989. “Voortrekker Problem”. The sun gave of itself generously here yesterday. While the rest of the island still nestled under a damp blanket of grey, the beaches of Grand Baie at last conformed to the picture postcards.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 12 – 000016

1992. “Successful Sailors Keep Sandton Flag Flying”. Celebrating its centenary, Point Yacht Club, which hosts the annual Crystic Week, saw a record entry of yachts in this year’s offshore Durban regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 12 096

2000. “Clueless Yachtsman Rescued for 12th Time”. Bungling British yachtsman Eric Abbott was back in the news yesterday after being rescued by lifeboat crews for the 12th time in a maritime career that is still only a year old.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 08 12 511

2000. “Disabled Yachtsman Sets Solo World Record”. Disabled yachtsman Vinny Lauwers returned to Australia on Saturday after a solo sail round the world that took eight months and put him in the record books.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 08 12 512

2004. “One Yacht Overboard, Another on Fire”. Two yachts with a combined value of R3.2 million were severely damaged in a freak accident when one fell off as the ship transporting them to Europe sailed past Hermanus, and the other, still on board, was damaged by fire.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 08 12 580

2004. “Disputed Yacht Becoming A Wreck”. A yacht rescued off the Transkei coast in January is falling into disrepair in the East London harbour while lawyers attempt to sort out a legal wrangle.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 08 12 583

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 18 000 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