On This Day – 13 April. 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.

1987. “SA Yachtsmen Up with Leaders”. A gust of wind separates the top five yachts in the BOC round-the-world race – and South Africans John Martin and Bertie Reed are up with the leaders.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 04 13 344 2

1991. “Mysterious Foreigner Joins the Fight”. The battle for line honours in the Crystic Beachcomber yacht race from Mauritius to Durban in September, may not be an all-South African affair.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 13 973

1991. “Exhausted Yachtsman Saved After Long Ordeal”. An exhausted Transvaal yachtsman was rescued after more than an hour in the chilly, wind- whipped sea off Durban on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 13 406 26

1991. “Guns Spiked So the Bay Boys Splice A Mainbrace”. What started off as a bar-room joke resulted in a spectacular turnout for the biggest regatta held in Hout Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 13 406 27

1994. “Jubilant John Martin Back on the Water”. John Martin has abandoned his dream of sailing in the BOC Challenge race this year – but with the backing of an Australian syndicate is making a comeback to international yacht racing after three years in the sailing wilderness.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 13 485

1995. “Spectacular Start to Yacht Challenge”. Yachts from all over South Africa will be making waves in Algoa Bay tomorrow as the annual Splash Festival gets off to a spectacular start with the 1995 Continental Challenge at 11am.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 13 893

1995. “EC Junior Yachtsmen Dominated”. Latest word from the wind-blown west coast is that East Cape junior sailors dominated the Optimist class at the Western Province Championships, sailed at Club Mykonos.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 13 894

1996. “World’s Top Laser Sailors in Cape Town for Olympic Warm-up”. Sailing a fleet of 135 brand new lasers in the colours of race sponsor BP, the Laser World Championships in False Bay sees the coming together of the world’s top laser sailors for the first time this year and an early opportunity to select the favourites for the Atlanta Olympic Games.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 04 13 080

2004. “Eastern Cape Tourism Gets Major Boost”. In a bid to promote tourism, two major attractions were launched at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 04 13 293

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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