On This Day – 13 March. 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.

1985. “Yachts Will Definitely Call At ‘Cape Town During Race”. The organisers of this year’s Whitbread Round The world Yacht Race are sticking to Cape Town as a port of call despite protests from New Zealand anti-apartheid campaigners.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1985 03 13 324 22

1986. “Yachting by Roger Bartholomew”. When it was first suggested that the Western Province Buccaneer and Flamenca championships also host the Sprog and Finn championships there were many raised eyebrows.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 03 13 013

1987. “Regatta Gets New Venue”. The annual De Beers Yacht Club Kevcor/Atlas Copco sponsored regatta will be held at the Spitskop Dam next weekend, March 21 and 22.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 03 13 10

1989. “Minus Seven Days the Beachcomber Target”. Durban skipper George Ilse believes the thrilling battle royal of the big yachts in this year’s Crystic Beachcomber Crossing will see the winner complete the 2 800km race from Mauritius to Durban in less than seven days.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1989 03 13 070

1991. “Solo Sailor ‘Under-Prepared’ for Trip”. Solo sailor Anthony Steward, 27, may be under-prepared for his record-breaking round-the-world trip in an open boat, but Cape Town’s yachting fraternity have little doubt he will succeed.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1991 03 13 094

1992. “’Alien’ SA Yachtsman Will Miss Irish Warmth”. Ireland’s Department of Justice provoked muttered protests last week when it referred to a stranded South African yachtsman as an illegal alien who had outstayed his official welcome.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 03 13 263

1993. “Cat Class Added to Da Gama Race”. A separate catamaran class has been incorporated in the annual Wilbur Ellis da Gama ocean race from Durban to East London.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 03 13 158

1993. “Steward Ends Record Voyage”. Around the world sailor, Anthony Stewart, of Port Elizabeth, arrived in the Cape Town harbour today to a tumultuous welcome after his record-breaking circumnavigation in a 5,8m open boat.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 03 13 287

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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