On This Day – 16 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

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

1987. “Dias Chase on for SA Skipper”. A week ago the youngest South African skipper in the Bartolomeu Dias 500 th anniversary race set off in his 41 ft craft – French Connection – on the first leg of the Lisbon-to-Cape Town contest.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 12 16 6

1990. “ A Sea of Troubles, But Martin Set to Win”. Solo yachtsman John Martin said last night his hopes of docking in Sydney on Tuesday bad been dashed.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 12 16 779_Redacted

1993. “Rescue Leads to Appeal Against Compensation”. Winston and La Poste were compensated for turning back to help stricken Italian yacht, Brooksfield, in the Whitbread round-the-world race, but rival boats dispute the decision.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 12 16 293

1994. “JJ Defies BOC Odds”. South African BOC Challenge single-handed around-the-world sailor JJ Provoyeur had to draw on his boat building skills in the Southern Ocean yesterday when he spent six hours trying to rig up his torn mainsail.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 12 16 038

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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.

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.

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