On This Day – 13 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.

1987. “Challenge From Bay for the Lipton Cup”. The False Bay Yacht Club at Simons Town have entered an L26 with an experienced crew for the Lipton Cup to be sailed in Table Bay from August 23 to 29.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 13 – 000274

1988. “Lipton Cup Promises Tough Week’s Racing”. This year’s Lipton Challenge Cup Yacht Race, the major sailing event in the South African calendar, promises to be a really tough week’s racing for all final competitors.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 13 6_Redacted

1988. “Plain Sailing for David”. · Durban Springbok David Hibberd returned home this week after giving a very good account of himself in the US national Laser championships offshore from Los Angeles.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 13 6

1994. “Big Threat to Zeekoevlei”. Zeekoevlei Yacht Club’s bid for a record 10th Joko Lipton Challenge Cup title is set to be fiercely contested by 22 other yacht clubs from around the country.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 08 13 215

1996. “Yachties Stranded by Bungle At the Bank”. A French yachting couple are today stranded high and dry in Richards Bay after they were robbed by an auto teller machine.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 13 335

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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 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