On This Day – 17 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.

1989. “Yacht Race Record Predicted”.  Durban yachtsman George Ilse has predicted that this September’s 2 800 km Mauritius to Durban Crystic Beachcomber Crossing will be completed in a record time of under seven days.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 03 17 371 5

1990. “Abromowitz A Firm Favourite to Win the Portnet Dias Race”. One of the most exciting yachting events in the world – the Portnet Dias Race – will start in Cape Town on March 31.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 17 009

1990. “Expensive ‘Old Lady of the Sea’ to Retire”. The names of Bertie Reed and Voortrekker were for many years synonymous with yachting in South Africa.
THE end of an era is drawing near as the “grand old lady of the sea” – Voortrekker I – prepares for her last race before being put on permanent display in a museum.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 17 011

1990. “Lamazou Sails Into History – Breaks Five Records”. Titouan Lamazou of France has sailed into the history books of yachting by winning the arduous Globe Challenge non-stop·solo circumnavigation race – and smashing at least five records in the process.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 17 385 7

1990. “Blind Yachtsman to Run Sailing Course for Visually Handicapped”. An enthusiastic blind yachtsman, who is building his own 10m yacht plans to start sailing courses for the visually handicapped in Durban to give them confidence and to share with them the sheer joy of sailing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 17 385 10

1994. “Pinnel Doesn’t Have Things All His Own Way”. Most competitors agreed that yesterday was the most difficult race so far in the Fireball world championship being raced off Durban this week, due more to the unpredictable winds than the wind strength which finally varied from 10 to 14 knots from the south east.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 03 17 317

2011. “Rio Yacht Race Winners Become True Riders of the Storm”. The winner of the South Atlantic Trophy in the recent Heineken Cape to Rio Race, the 41ft racing yacht City of Cape Town, limped into harbour yesterday, bruised and battered but decidedly unbeaten after being dismasted in a fierce storm in mid-Atlantic.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2011 03 17 794

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 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