On This Day – 15 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.

1969. “Stormy Story”. The Dutch ketch ”Stormvogel” has for many years impressed all who have sailed on – or against – her by her many brilliant performances during ocean races held on both sides of – and across – the Atlantic.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1969 03 15 563

1993. “Kaapse Vaarder Voltooi Tog Om Wereld Na 2 Jaar”. Anthony Steward, die seiljagvaarder wat binne twee jaar stoksielalleen in ‘n oop seiljag rondom die wereld gevaar het, het eergister te midde van groot belangstelling in Kaapstad aangekom.
TRANSLATION: “Cape Sailor Completes Around the World After 2 Years”. Anthony Steward, the yachtsman who has been sailing in an open yacht around the world within two years, arrived in Cape Town on Wednesday amid great interest.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1993 03 15 441 35

1993. “Steward Se Tog Om Wereld Voltooi”. Anthony Steward, die seiljagvaarder wat in twee jaar seil-alleen in ‘n oop seiljag van skaars 5.8m, die NCS Challenger, rondom die wereld gevaar het, het eergister te midde van groot belangstelling
in Kaapstad aangekom.
TRANSLATION:    “Steward’s Trip Around the World Complete”. Anthony Steward, the yachtsman who sailed alone for two years in an open sailing yacht of barely 5.8m, the NCS Challenger, around the world, arrived in Cape Town.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1993 03 15 441 37

1993. “At Long Last, Steward Makes It”. An emotional Anthony Steward vowed to continue his yachting record-setting after becoming the first man to circumnavigate the globe boats in an open boat when he arrived in Cape Town at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1993 03 15 441 38

1994. “Pinnel Surges Ahead of Rivals”. After a second day yesterday of heavy winds Britain’s Ian Pinnel and crew Daniel Cripps have really stamped their authority on the world Fireball championship being sailed off Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 03 15 322

2004. “Sikloon Eis 58; 2 Van Sa Leef”. Hulle is met kettings aan mas vasgemaak. Twee Suid-Afrikaners het die sikloon Gafilo naby Madagaskar waarin minstens 58 TRANSLATION:
“Cyclone Claims 58; 2 Van SA Live”. Two South Africans survived the cyclone Gafilo near Madagascar that killed at least 58 people. Another 167 people are missing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 03 15 746

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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.

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