On This Day – 12 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.

1985. “Yachting – Sunday Tribune”. With but one qualifying race remaining for this year’s Lipton Cup it is now a racing certainty that the Point Yacht Club representative for this prestigious series will be the L26 B2G2 with Graham Dibbs at the helm.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 05 12 325 3

1986. “Pop Star’s Yacht Given Drug Search At End of World Race”. Four more maxi yachts finished the Whitbread round-the-world yacht race yesterday and customs officials searched one of them for drugs but came up empty-handed, officials said.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 05 12 464 2

1986. “Durban Yachtsmen Win All But One Racing Class”. The 1986 national championships finished offshore from Durban yesterday and Durban yachtsmen took first places in all but one of the seven racing classes.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 05 12 467

1990. “Martin Sets Sail Towards A Golden ‘Carrot’”. John Martin’s preparations for the Trans-Atlantic double-handed race from Plymouth, England, to Newport, Rhode Island, are well under way, and he hopes it remains ‘plain sailing’ as his sponsors have dangled a R1-million ‘carrot’ as a bonus for success in the BOC race later in the year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 12 138 copy

1990. “Bumper Sticker with A Damning Message for PE”. “Remove the damn ore dumps please” is the message being sported on more and more car bumpers in Port Elizabeth.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 12 387 12

 

1992. “One-all, After the Closest Finish Ever”. Race one was over before it began. Race two didn’t finish till well after the finish line.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 12 167

1993. “Derek Confident As J22 Countdown Begins”. The countdown to the NCS
J22 Internationals has begun with several local yachtsmen starting their run-up campaigns.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 05 12 229

2001. “The Loneliest Man in the World Plays A Desperate Game of Catch-up”.  While competitors in the BT Global Challenge yacht race are preparing to ship out of Cape Town this weekend, a lone yachtsman is fighting the elements and the clock in a bid to catch up with them.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 05 12 591

2001. “Volvo Yachts Beat Ocean Pounding”. Illbruck won the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race yesterday, sailing into Sydney Harbour 73 minutes ahead of SEB to repeat its opening stage victory from Southampton to Cape Town.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 12 05 912

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