On This Day – 17 July. 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. “Voortrekker Second in Her Class”. The South African yacht Voortrekker, came second in her class on handicap in the Eddystone race, although she was first to cross the line.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 17 – Pfotenhauer – 000046

1985. “SA Yacht Finishes Fourteenth”. Gerhard Aab (24) of Johannesburg skippered the South African yacht “Momentum” across the finish line of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific race in 14th place overall yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 17 – 000293

1985. “Perfect Sailing Weather”. The second round of the Lipton Challenge Cup taking place in Durban could not have wished for better weather.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 17 – 000276

1991. “Weekly Watersports Round-Up”. The yacht-racing world is abuzz with excitement about South Africa’s return to the Olympics and the possibility of Cape Town becoming a major international venue.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 17 260

1993. “King Breezes in to Take Title”. Kings of the J22 world – that’s Chris King and his crew of Super Rent who are the J22 International champions after the regatta which finished off Durban yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 17 372

1993. “Broomstick Breaks the Record”. The South African yacht, Broomstick, was confirmed as a record-breaking class winner last night in the Gold Cup trans-Atlantic race from New York to Southampton.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 17 487

2003. “Cape Yachts Take Lipton Trophy Again”. The 2003 Lipton Cup Trophy series sailed offshore Durban saw the trophy once again won by Cape yachts. Despite high hopes from KwaZulu Natal sailors, they were unable to match the skill and boat speed of the Cape-based L26s.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2003 07 17 958

2003. “Connecting with Africa”. Environmentalist, explorer and motivational speaker extraordinaire Robert Swan OBE was the first person to walk to both the South and North Poles. Now, he’s devoting his considerable energies to Africa, where his yacht 2041 is circumnavigating the continent with his message of environmental sustainability, coupled with a programme to promote HIV/Aids awareness and prevention.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2003 07 17 – stitched final – 17

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