On This Day – 15 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.

1968. “Not of Hester K”. The wreckage washed up on the Umhlanga Rocks beach·during the past two weeks is “definitely not” from the missing Durban-based crayfish trawler Hester K, according to Captain R. G. Gardner, head of the Marine Division of the Department of Transport in Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 15 COMBINED571 22

1968. “Bruneau Set for Yachting Title”. The Easter Regatta this week·end has seen some exciting racing. In the Sprog class, David Hudson and Nicky Korving have only .3 of a point between them after three races.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 15 COMBINED571 17

1990. “High-tech Yachting Factory Opens in Durban”. Space age technology has arrived in Durban with the opening of a new spar manufacturing factory at Bayhead.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 15 149

1991. “Kruyt and Michelle Are the New World Champions”. A monumental struggle for the Club Mykonos/Topsport Hobie 16 World Championship has ended after five days of sailing drama which eventually saw the top South Africans thrashing it out for honours.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 15 406 28

1992. “Alan Bond Finally Declared Bankrupt”. Alan Bond, the flamboyant businessman best known for financing Australia’s stunning triumph in the 1983 America’s Cup yacht race, was declared bankrupt yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 15 013

1992. “New Yacht Turns Heads in France”. South Africa’s Flying Dutchman team sailing Port Owen has come eighth in the penultimate race, the seven race pre-Olympic yachting regatta in Hayres, France.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 15 015

1993. “Chay Blyth Delighted ‘His’ Race Brings Out the Very Best in People”. The letter, in immaculate copper plate hand-writing that went out of fashion with multiplication tables and imperial measurements, touched the heart and spurred the soul.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 04 15 258


1996. “Crew Abandon Sinking Yacht”. The three-man crew of a Cape Town yacht, which sprang a leak about 1 600km west of Cape Town, abandoned the vessel shortly after 9pm yesterday, a spokesman at the Maritime Rescue Co-ordinating Centre, at Silvermine, Major Piet Redelinghuys said today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 04 15 085

2004. “Redhouse Yacht Club Hoist Centenary Sail this Year”. Sails will be hoisted in celebration in October when the Redhouse Yacht Club marks its centenary with a major regatta in October.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 04 15 cut a 392

2010. “Cape Point Race A Challenge for Sailors”. Thirty-four Hobie catamarans took part in the 16th annual, Cape Point Challenge at the weekend which was hosted by Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2010 04 15 736

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