On This Day – 18 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.

1990. “The R500 000 Lipton Cup Battle is on Again”. A magnificent silver-gilt cup, donated by Sir Thomas Lipton in 1909 and valued at over R500 000, is the prize in a battle of the boats to be fought out on Table Bay this month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 08 18 109

1991. “I’ll Be Back, Says Yacht Rigger Angela Who is Recovering From A Broken Back”. Well-known South African sailor and the only woman yacht rigger in the country, Angela Rennie, has vowed to be clambering over rigging again within a year despite breaking her back in a car accident.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 08 18 275

1994. “Zeekoe Vlei Extend Lead Amid All the Drama”. ·In another day of high drama Zeekoe Vlei extended their lead in the Joko Lipton Cup yachting regatta, with a textbook start and staggering boat speed yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 08 18 223

1996. “Sailor’s Sea Legs Are Just A Tad Wobbly”. Yachtsman John Turner will compete in the R500 000 Lipton Cup Challenge in Table Bay, Cape Town, from August 31 to September 7 – despite the fact that be has two broken ankles and a crushed heel.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 18 353

2011. “Sailor Gears Up for World Championship”. David Jacobs, 16, from Grassy Park, took to sailing like a duck to water when he was introduced to the sport a few years ago.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2011 08 18 239

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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