On This Day – 17 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.

1969. “Games Chiefs Tour Durban”. Three top members of the South African Olympic and National Games Association have spent the past two days in Durban inspecting venues for the 1973 South African Games.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 17 – Pfotenhauer – 000096

1985. “Atlantic Privateer Wins Race”. Atlantic Privateer, the “South African challenge” in the Whitbread Round-the-World race has won the Fastnet race – used as a warm-up by the Whitbread fleet.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 08 17 – 000023

1985. “Home is the Sailor for His Birthday Back in Benoni”. ·A Benoni man who left Durban just under four years ago on a round-the-world trip on his yacht Bonjez has returned in time to celebrate his 60th birthday at home.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 08 17 – 000029

1988. “Van Cuyck Bids for A Hat-trick”. Royal Cape Yacht club skipper Ettiene van Cuyck will bid to lead his team to·a hat-trick of victories in the prestige event on the South African sailing calendar, the Lipton Challenge Cup Yacht race, when this year’s event starts in Table Bay on Sunday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 17 7

1989. “Lipton Cup”. The University of the Witwatersrand Yacht Club has received a substantial sponsorship from Duna Engineering and Ray Ban Sunglasses for the 1989 Lipton Cup Challenge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 17 – 000019

1989. “A Feat of Seamanship, Or Was it Madness?”. Some regard it as fine feat of seamanship – others as madness, but Durban yachtsman Tommy Martin holds the dubious honour of skippering the smallest boat in the history of the 1800-mile Crystic Beachcomber Crossing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 17 – 000017

1990. “Dice on the Ocean Wave”. ·The cream of the country’s round-the-can racers have gathered at the Royal Cape Yacht Club this week to prepare for the start of the Joko Lipton Challenge Cup, which starts in Table Bay on Sunday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 08 17 421

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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 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