On This Day – 13 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history.

This is my personal crusade to save the rich history of our sport, and to share it in the hope that you will enjoy reminiscing, and learning more.

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

1985. “The Floating Eggshell. Will Momentum Life Really Survive the Atlantic Crossing?” Can Momentum Life, the controversial maxi yacht incorporating radical design techniques, survive the Cape, to Uruguay race that began yesterday? Mounting concern has been voiced that the yacht, crewed by Wits University students, is too thin and too light to survive the rigours of an Atlantic crossing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 13 429

1988. “Bertie Reed Pushing for Clean Sweep Win”. Bertie Reed, chased by his old love Van Ryn Voortrekker, was sailing all-out for the finish-line in Table Bay yesterday in a bid to score a clean-sweep victory in the Clinic Holdings Dias race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 01 13

1989. “Few Dare Gruelling Race. St Helena Run A Severe Test”. Only four intrepid pairs of sailors will leave Hout Bay tomorrow in the gruelling Stannic Southstar race to St Helena and back.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 01 13 083

1992. “Sailing Round the World the Wrong Way”. When one thinks about round-the-world yacht races, the BOC Challenge or the Whitbread springs to mind. However, there is another race which is due to start in Southampton in September, and the British Steel Challenge has been labelled as the toughest-ever round-the-world race.  1992 01 13 415 19
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 13 415 19

1993. “Salvaged-boat Owner Pays Up”. A bitter wrangle over the salvage rights to a Hout Bay yacht which beached in an ebb tide on the weekend has ended with the owners coughing up R3 000.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 13 407

1994. “Benefit Regatta Opens Second Half”. Redhouse Yacht Club open the second half of their season with the NSRI Benefit Regatta this weekend. This is the first of many events leading up to provincial and national championships for the senior classes.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 01 13 595

2008. “Yachtsman Sights Strange Icebergs”. A yachting accident south of Cape Point has fuelled fears that Antarctic icebergs are drifting further north than ever before, posing a huge risk for seafarers.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 01 13 302

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. 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 8500 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