On This Day – 14 August. 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.

1969. “Voortrekker Joins the Sail-in At Cowes”. The pretty regency town of Cowes is a quick hovercraft flip over the Solent from Southampton. Nothing that does not have some connection with yachts and yachting ever happens there.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 14 – 301 –

1970. “She’s A Beauty”. “SHE’S A LITTLE BEAUTY” said the man with the cigar. Shoulders almost as broad as he was tall, he walked slowly round Wayfarer with the curious rolling gait of the deep-sea sailor. Peter Strong beamed. “Say that again,” he said, and the big man who first learned about ships and sailing on the fishing-banks of Newfoundland paused next to us and smiled, “I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t think so,” he said.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 08 14 566_Redacted

1991. “Martin: Count Me in for Crystic Crossing”. ·An on-off situation with Springbok yachtsman Ian Martin’s entry to the Crystic Beachcomber Crossing has finally been resolved with the signal going out: “I’m racing, and I’m there to win.”
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 08 14 057

1991. “Martin Steers Into New Territory At Celebrity Meeting”. Solo sailor John Martin will be swopping the desire to sail around the world for the thrill of racing a car around the Kyalami race track later this month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 08 14 410 20

1992. “Spearhead Worlds 1992 Regatta Held in Strong Winds”. Cold weather and strong winds could not stop the BBR Security Spearhead Worlds 1992 regatta held this weekend at Florida Lake.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 14 425 13

1996. “All-women Team Set to Tackle Lipton Challenge”. One of South Africa’s top women sailors, Marion Cole, has announced a crack all-women campaign under the burgee of Langebaan Yacht Club to contest the Lipton Challenge Cup regatta off Cape Town at the end of the month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 14 341

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 18 000 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