On This Day – 14 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

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

1984. “Skippers Gear Up for the Cape to Uruguay”. The start of the 1985 Cape-to-Uruguay yacht race may still be six weeks away, but for a number of contestants the big test starts next week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 12 14 319 12

1986. “Stormy Seas Torture BOC Sailors”. Veteran Springbok yachtsman Bertie Reed – dogged by bad luck in the second leg of the BOC around-the-world-alone race – was forced to put into the Australian port of Albany yesterday suffering from diesel fuel poisoning.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 14 705

1987. “ Flukey Winds Frustrate Yachtsmen”. Flukey wind conditions in Table Bay yesterday provided a frustrating and unsatisfactory start to this year’s Rothman’s sailing regatta – South Africa’s premier event on the yachting calendar.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 12 14 702

1988. Voorste Jag Kry Teenstand”. Die jaarlikse Rothmans seilwagweek het gister weer eens getoon dat ‘n voorspelling oor die uiteindelike uitslag ‘n waagstuk gaan wees. Die Kaapstadse seiljag Schick, wat die algehele eerste plek op voorgee beklee het na die eerste twee dae, het hom gistermiddag vroeg in ‘n moeilike posisie
bevind.
TRANSLATION.  Leading Yacht Gets Opposition”. The annual Rothmans Sailing Week showed again yesterday that a prediction about the eventual outcome will be a risk. Cape Town sailing yacht Schick, who took first place after the first two days, found himself in a difficult position early yesterday afternoon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 12 14 672_Redacted

1991. “’David and Goliath’ Sail in Search of Glory”. South African yachting’s very own version of David and Goliath’s biblical legend takes to the water in the form of the Rothmans Week, starting from Table Bay today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 12 14 414 26

1992. “Five Algoa Bay Yachts Competing in Rio Race”. Five yachts from Port Elizabeth will be competing for the first time in the 6 500km Cape-to-Rio yacht race, which starts next month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 12 14 240_Redacted

1995. “Last Chance to Buy Captain Cook Charts”. Need to buy a Christmas present for an old sea-dog? The world’s last nautical chart still in use with the celebrated name of Captain James Cook inscribed on it could be the answer.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 12 14 873

1996. “100 Boats Ready, Waiting”. The biggest event in KZN over the next week is the Nesquik Junior Championships at the Henley Midmar Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 12 14 213

1999. “Teenagers Tackle Cape-Rio”. They may not be old enough to drive, but that’s not stopping an intrepid crew from braving the high seas next month·as the youngest entry to sail the 3 600-nautical mile MTN Cape-to-Rio yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 12 14 868

2005. “Durban Clipper in the Lead”. With the finish of the second leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race only a matter of days away, the Durban Clipper holds first position.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 12 14 465

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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.

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. Rathmines 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 4000 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