On This Day – 16 August. 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.

1988. “US Triumph for Young SA Yachtsman”. AN 11-year-old boy from Knysna, Greg Barker, has won the under-12 section of the Long Island Sound championships for Optimist dinghy sailors in the United States.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 16 6

1989. “Lady Skippers Won’t Stand Back”. This year’s Joko Lipton Cup Yacht Race, due to start on Sunday, sees two female skippers at the helms of their respective L26 yachts. And these ladies will not stand back for anyone!
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 16 – 000193

1991. SA’s Lone Sailor ‘Found’ in Middle of the Pacific”. ·Concern over the whereabouts and safety of lone single-handed yachtsman Anthony Steward has been allayed.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 08 16 038

1991. “Sailor Sandy to Bum Around”. Sandy Duff is planning to be aboard one of the smallest boats in the fleet – a Stadt 34 called Techrent – in next month’s from Mauritius to Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 08 16 064

1994. “Hot Air on A Calm Day At Lipton”. People on the West Coast like to say there are always good winds here, but even·in winter Langebaan gets flukey winds and days of warm calm, so that it is the flamingoes and the wild flowers which are winners, not the yachtsmen.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 08 16 219

2005. “Cabin Fever Opens Up World of Opportunity”. ·They have been living in a cabin of a yacht for two years, sailing from port to port around the world to inspire those who suffer from cerebral palsy.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 08 16 630

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 18 000 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