On This Day – 14 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. “Consistent Sphyrna Takes the Honours At Zwartkops”. Sphyrna, skippered by old salt Mike Morgan, was in fine form at Zwartkops over the weekend, winning the Dunella Trophy over a two-round series.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 03 14 323 5

1987. “Martin is Ready for Rio Leg”. John Martin, back in Cape Town for a breather before the start next month of the fourth and final leg of the BOC Challenge round-the-world race, said yesterday he had an “excellent” chance, from Rio de Janeiro back to Newport, USA, of repeating his win in the first leg.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1987 03 14 510

1987. “One Man Against the Sea”. ”Sometimes I sits and thinks and “sometimes I just sit.”
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 03 14 511

1991. “Outstanding Bravery Award Handed to Bertie”. HEROIC yachtsman Bertie Reed has been given the State President’s award for outstanding bravery.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 14 27_Redacted

1993. “Harbour’s Huge ‘Hello’ for Solo Sailor Steward”. Solo sailor Anthony Steward sailed into Table Bay yesterday to a huge welcome from hundreds of people lining the quay and a flotilla of vessels that escorted him on the final stretch of his epic solo round-the-world voyage.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 03 14 289

2010. “Seaman: Sails Close to Record”. About 3 600 nautical miles out in the Atlantic Ocean on March 1, a lone sailor set sail for African shores, braving extreme cold and gale-force winds in his small yacht.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   2010 03 14 791

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