On This Day – 14 April. 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.

1988. “Top Sailors At Regatta”. The 1988 Club Mykonos WP Dinghy and Sailboard championships took place at Saldanha Bay in nice weather at Easter.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 04 14 5

1989. “’Eye-in-sky’ to Shepherd Da Gama Race Yachts”. All yachts taking part in this year’s Wilbur Ellis Da Gama Ocean Race will again have to make radio contact twice daily with a monitoring aircraft.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 04 14 372 5_Redacted

1992. “Steward ‘Rusty’ After Three-month Rest”. A frustrated Anthony Steward is cursing his three month rest back in South Africa while seeing out the hurricane season in Australia.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 14 005

1992. “Point Yacht Club Hosts Big Regatta”. The SAYRA Cannon Copier Hobie National Championships which started on Sunday are being hosted in it’s Centenary year by Point Yacht Club off shore Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 14 006

1992. “Rescue of Yacht ‘A Calculated Risk’”. The Richards Bay National Sea Rescue Institute “took a calculated risk” by towing local yacht Shangdu to safety at the weekend after she had I taken on a great deal of water while making her way to the Mozambican islands.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 14 007

1993. “Ellens Twins Take 5-0-5 Championship”. Twin brothers Harry and Anton Ellens, sailing for Henley-Midmar Yacht Club, won the South African Yacht Racing Association (Sayra) 5-0-5 class national championship which was held offshore Durban at the Easter weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 04 14 260

1993. “Shaw. ‘We Are Not An Elitist Sport’”. Sailing’s image as an elite white sport is about to be blown out of the water.
The common perception that sailing·is a white, elitist sport is one which needs to be dispelled, says Point Yacht Club commodore Don Shaw.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 04 14 263

1994. “The Da Gama Race Disaster”. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the disastrous 1984 Wilbur Ellis Da Gama race from Durban to East London. Norman Sheriff looks back at that terrible night and forward to this year’s race.
It was the worst night in South African yacht racing history. In the space of a few hours four yachts were lost – one with all hands – when a southwesterly hurricane-force buster hit the 29-strong fleet competing in the annual Wilbur Ellis Da Gama race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 14 475

1997. “Two Shipwrecked Sailors Home”. The two shipwrecked sailors, Anthony English, 70,. and Theresa Booth, 50, both of the Point Yacht Club – whose yacht was struck by a cargo ship and sank in rough seas near St Helena last week – have finally returned home to Durban after a harrowing rescue ordeal.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 04 14 131

1998. “CT Sailor Wins Laser Yacht Champs”. The national Laser yacht racing championships at the weekend, which were hampered by winds not being strong enough, were won yesterday by Gareth Blackenberg of Cape Town .
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 04 14 177

1999. “Fickle Winds Blight 24 Hr Sailing Challenge Racing”. Sailing teams from all over the Metropole recently competed in the Heineken 24-Hour Sailing Challenge held at the Milnerton Aquatic Club (MAC) at Rietvlei.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 04 14 249

 

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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