On This Day – 12 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history.

This is my personal crusade to save the rich history of our sport, and to share it in the hope that you will enjoy reminiscing, and learning more.

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

1985. “Conditions Ideal for Race Start”. Ideal conditions for a spectacular getaway under spinnaker – a southwesterly to southerly wind of 10 to 15 knots – has been forecast for the 2.30pm start in Table Bay today of the 1985 South Atlantic Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 12 446

1985. “Race’s Brief Moment”. Moment of glory for winners in the South Atlantic Race which gets under way today is a brief moment indeed when it comes to handling the trophies their achievements earn.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 12 615

1985. “Dismasting a Bitter Blow”. THE dismasting of the yacht Archangel within hours of the start is a particularly bitter blow for skipper Keith Turner of False Bay Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 12 320 95

1985. “Can ‘Apple’ Do It?”. The big question raised at the Royal Cape Yacht Club by “armchair sailors” this week was: Can Apple Macintosh – the super-maxi – crack the record of 22 days set by Rampant 11 in the last race to Uruguay?
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 12 320 94

1992. “Going for Gold”. It’s Barcelona or bust for Durban duo. Going for Olympic Gold . . . that’s the sole ambition of Durban yachtsmen Martin Lamprecht and Alec Lanham-Love.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 12 522

2004. “Yacht Sets Sail Against Aids”. The South African America’s ‘Cup yacht, Shosholoza, was set to fly a vast Aids ribbon painted on its 33-metre spinnaker today as the team shows their support for World Aids Day.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 12 01 979

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.

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 8500 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