On This Day – 13 February. 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.

1986. “Racing Yachts to Call At City in 1989”. Cape Town, in danger of being dropped·from the itinerary of the Whitbread round-the-world yacht race for political reasons, has again been named as first port of call after Portsmouth for the 1989 race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 02 13 853

1987. “Martin Battles to Save Mast in Gale”. Solo sailor John Martin is battling to save Tuna Marine Voortrekker’s mast in a 50 knot gale off the notorious Cape Horn after losing his last running backstay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 02 13 29

1991. “BOC Fleet Heads for Cape Horn”. As the BOC fleet ploughs through the Southern Oceans towards distant Cape Horn and Punte del Este, the top order remains unchanged, with South African John Martin on Allied Bank holding on to third place behind Alain Gautier on Generali Concorde and Christophe Auguin on Groupe Sceta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 02 13 402 10

1991. “Sceptics Won’t Deter Lone Sailor”. Experienced yachtsmen and visitors at the Royal Cape Yacht Club are questioning the sanity of a young sailor attempting to become the first solo-sailor to circumnavigate the globe in an open 5,8m yacht.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 02 13 870

1991. “John Martin in Good Cheer As He Closes on the Leader”. John Martin’s sagging spirits received a boost when he gained almost 50 miles in 24 hours on race leader Alain Gautier’s Generali Concorde.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 02 13 852

1993. “Morning Glory Takes the South Atlantic Trophy”. Morning Glory, skippered by Hasso Plattner (Germany), has been awarded the South Atlantic Trophy for overall handicap winner in the IMS fleet and Class I handicap trophy in the 1993 Cape-to-Rio yacht race.
Full and final list follows with country of origin and skippers in brackets:
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 02 13 768

1995. “BOC Sailors on Edge After First Sighting of An Iceberg”. Ice, the most feared danger in the BOC Challenge single-handed around-the-world yacht race, has been spotted for the first time, sending a chilling red-alert warning to the fleet.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 02 13 368

1995. “Club Support for Destitute Yacht Family”. A French-Canadian family who made headlines when their yacht burnt out off the Wild Coast last month are back in Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 02 13 369

1997. “African Queen of the Seas”. A young Durban woman is rapidly gaining the respect of yachtsmen as a fine crew member to have on board when seas get big and the going tough.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 02 13 428

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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