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

by Richard Crockett

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

Bruce Dalling swapped sail for power as he signed up as 3rd mate aboard a freighter, while American John Snowden sailed his 25ft. Masthead sloop single-handed into Durban three years after buying it as a weekend pleasure cruiser.

The Rio Race start was brought forward by 90 minutes to start at 16h30 and not 18h00.

Dennis Conner was dealt a heavy defeat by Britain’s White Crusader.

“Cherry Brandy toast to Dias” said the headline.

Midmar was a hive of activity, while three young Transvaal yachties were heading to the J22 Worlds in the USA, and the Eastern Cape had a good entry for its Grand Prix.

Dale Granger reported on the Legal Eagle’s sailing duel, with comment from Ant Steward in this humorous report.

The Volvo Ocean Race second leg started in Cape Town.

1969. “Bruce Dalling Now Ship’s 3rd Mate”. Bruce Dalling, Natal’s world-famous yachtsman, who skippered ‘Voortrekker’ to second place in last year’s trans-Atlantic yacht race, has decided to try sailing with a difference – aborad the 2911 ton freighter, ‘Nahoon’.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 11 12 607 6

1969. “John Has Sailed Alone for 3 Years”. John Snowden, a 49 year-old American bachelor sailed his 25ft. Masthead sloop single-handed into Durban’s yacht basin this week – more than three years after buying the craft he originally intended to use as a weekend pleasure cruiser.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 11 12 607 9

1970. “New Start Time for Rio Race”. The organisers of the Cape-to-Rio yacht race have decided to put the starting time of the race forward by one and a half hours. Instead of the field of more than 60 boats setting sail for Rio at 6 p.m. as originally planned, the start has now been set for 4.30 p.m. on January 16, in Table Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 11 12 311_Redacted

1986. “Conner Beaten Again”. Britain’s ‘White Crusader’ yesterday dealt a heavy defeat to the most feared skipper in the America’s Cup, Dennis Conner.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 11 12 614

1987. “Cherry Brandy Toast to Dias”. South African and Portuguese sailors aboard the caravel ‘Bartholomeu Dias’ clinked goblets of cherry brandy yesterday as the vessel headed for Madeira.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 11 12 2

1987. “Hive of Activity At Midmar”. The Henley-MIdmar Yacht Club was a hive of activity last weekend when over one hundred entries took advantage of the beautiful sailing weather to participate in the numerous races sailed on Midmar.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 11 12 2 copy

1991. “City Yachtsman Leads SA Team for World Sailing Event”. A top Pretoria yachtsman has been selected to skipper the South African entry in the J22 Class World Sailing Championships in the United States next year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 11 12 413 11

1992. “Good Entry For Grand Prix”. East Cape Yacht Racing’s second Grand Prix at Redhouse last weekend, drew a good entry of 44 boats.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 11 12 430 10_Redacted

1999. Sailing by Dale Granger. It’s that time of year again when – under a plea of temporary insanity – I have to disclaim all responsibility for the alleged content of this preview for Saturday’s Legal Eagle’s sailing duel.
“It’ll triple the shark population in Table Bay” quipped Royal Cape Yacht Club general manager Anthony Steward.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 11 12 481

2001. “Around the World Yachts Leave Cape for Australia”. Amid strong winds, crews of the eight yachts in the Volvo Ocean race sailed towards Sydney on the second leg of the around the world journey.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 11 12 552

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 4000 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.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.