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

by Richard Crockett

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

A perennial problem, even back in days of yore, was the lack of moorings. This issue again reared its head in Durban in 1969 – and “Tempo men get set” read the adjoining headline.

Eric Tabarly announced that he was changing the keel of ‘Cot D’or’ in the Whitbread race, a leg into the race, which will mean forfeiting any chance of victory.

Strong winds in Fremantle saw the Yanks come back in the 1986 America’s Cup with vengeance.

Lone Sailor Anthony Steward was on his way back to resume his passage after his wrecked boat was rebuilt.

1969. “Tempo Men Get Set”. The Tempo boys in Durban have been getting their yachts into good shape this week in readiness for their provincial championships to be held at Ladysmith on Saturday and Sunday. Remember the Tempo dinghy?.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 11 14 588 1

1986. “Tabarly Wil Jag Se Kiel Verander”. Die bekende Franse seiljagvaarder Eric Tabarly, skipper van die Belgiese jag “Cot D’Or’, het gister per teleks van Europa laat weet dat hy sy jag se Kiel gaan verander, al kos dit hom die Whitbread-wereldvaart.
(TRANSLATION. “Tabarly Will Change Yachts Keel”. Famous French yachtsman Eric Tabarly, skipper of the Belgian yacht “Cot D’Or”, told Europe by telex yesterday that he would change his yacht’s Keel, even though it will cost him the Whitbread Race).
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 11 14 490

1986. “Strong Winds See Yanks Come Back with A Vengeance”. Dennis Conner proved his bid for the America’s Cup was still very much alive as ‘Stars and Stripes’ revelled in the strong winds to defeat ‘America II’ on the final race day of the second challenger elimination round yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 11 14 568

1992. “Lone Sailor Heads for the Hurricanes” A nervous Anthony “Ant” Steward left yesterday for Reunion Island where he will join his yacht, NCS Challenger, for the final leg of his single-handed around-the-world voyage.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 11 14 434 12

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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.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.