On This Day – 18 April. 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.

1968. “Durban Yacht Safe After Nightmare Trip Up Coast”. News that the 37ft. Durban ketch, Miss Conduct, had reached Lourenco Marques safely after a nightmare trip, was received in Durban yesterday only hours after Durban’s Port Captain had put out a call to all shipping between Durban and the Portuguese port to look out for her.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 18 COMBINED571 24

1985. “’Old Salts’ Take to the Water for Annual Race”. The annual “Old Salts” race held at Zwartkops at the weekend for all river yachtsmen of yesteryear was once again a tremendous success.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 04 18 324 9

1986. “11th-hour Sponsor Saves Voortrekker”. An 11th-hour sponsorship has put South Africa in the BOC single-handed round-the-world yacht challenge and Two Star double-handed transatlantic race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 04 18 455_Redacted

1989. “Wraps Off .Martin’s ‘Flying Saucer’”. A yacht estimated to be 40 miles a day faster than Voortrekker II is being built for Springbok sailor John Martin’s next attempt at the single-handed British Oxygen Challenge Around The World Alone.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 04 18 062

1992. “First Six Entries for Cape-to-Rio”. The first six entries have been received for the 1993 Cape-to-Rio Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 18 708

1995. “Mini-hurricane Makes Life Tougher Than Usual for Novell SA Skipper JJ”. First a “Pamperos” (hurricane to the locals in Punta del Este, Uruguay), then huge swells in the sea followed by no wind and a bout of flu.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 18 908

1996. “Brazilian Breezes to Laser World Title”. Young Brazilian Robert Scheidt stayed on top of the sailing world after retaining his Laser world title in Simon’s Town this week – and has now turned his attention to winning the gold medal in his first appearance at the Atlanta Olympics.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 04 18 093

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