On This Day – 13 May. 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. “Renzo’s Yacht A Work of Beauty”. The most beautiful yacht in Durban harbour, says Renzo of his yacht, Spirit of San Felipe, which he launched last week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 05 13 325 8

1987. “Martin Rules the Waves”. When the eight month BOC round-the-world argosy ended here last Friday, a lone South African sailor, the bearded, bronzed John Martin (32), emerged a hero among many heroes.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 05 13 7

1991. South-wester Blows Up Off Shore Yacht Race Chaos”. An exhausted Transvaal yachtsman was rescued after more than an hour in the chilly, wind-whipped sea off Durban on Saturday when one of Durban’s notorious south-westers blew up suddenly, bringing with it race chaos.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 05 13 407 39

1994. “Halloween Trophy Glittering Again”. Five world champions and an impressive pack of Springboks will be sailing in the Halloween Trophy regatta this weekend as eleven Western Cape yacht clubs take to the seas in a contest revitalised due to popular demand.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 05 13 302

2004. “Who’s Who on the Shosholoza”. Helmsman from the Free State. Ian Ainslie is one of three members of the SA America’s Cup Challenge 2007 team who live in the False Bay area. The team will be training aboard a yacht called Shosholoza.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   2004 05 13 637 

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.

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