On This Day – 18 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing


by Richard Crockett

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline.

Today the written word plays a minor role in our history with the power of pictures taking pride of place. So be sure to follow the link to see all the pics.

1970. “One of the Smallest”. Barbette, a masthead sloop from England, is one of the smallest yachts in next month’s Cape to Rio race. Her overall length is only 9.1m (30ft.) and she could probably be stowed as deck cargo on Cariad, the largest yacht in the race. But she has a long pedigree.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 18 835

1984. “Ferry Wins Hobie Opener”. The first race in the Westbank Hobiecat national championships at Fish Hoek, for Hobie 18s, was won by Springbok Shaun Ferry and Michael Kruyt in ideal conditions with a 20 to 25-knot wind and a one-metre swell.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 12 18 319 2

1990. “Yachtsmen Promised Top Facilities”. Durban will become an increasingly popular and welcoming venue for visiting yachtsmen and the city’s international jetty should have the facilities to match those of the best overseas ports by late next year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 12 18 781_Redacted

1991. “Anthony Steward Joins the Elite”. All of 12kg lighter than when he left Cape Town and looking like someone who has been at the health-hydro for 10 months, Anthony Steward returned to Cape Town this week having progressed to the elite ranks of the world’s solo-yachtsmen.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 12 18 709

1995. “Morning Glory Tipped to Win Rio Race”. Fancourt’s Morning Glory, the new 24-metre maxi yacht owned by German computer magnate Dr Hasso Plattner, had a spectacular maiden race in the Rothmans Week long-distance event yesterday – and established herself as hot favourite to win next month’s Cape-to-Rio race .
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 12 18 878

1998. “Hobie Sailors Show Up the Old Hands”. It was crash and burn at the Easypay week in Table Bay yesterday as sailors experienced everything from the doldrums to force eight winds. One crewman was knocked unconscious, everyone got wet and broaches and chinese gybes were a common feature of the racing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 12 18 416

2001. “Keytel Het Planne Op See”. Lara Keytel is ‘n sportwetenskaplike wat die miljarder Mark Shuttleworth se voorbereiding help monitor vir ‘n ruimtereis, maar sy verkies self die see om haar ideale as sportvrou te verwesenlik.
TRANSLATION: “Keytel Has Plans At Sea”. Lara Keytel is a sports scientist who helps monitor billionaire Mark Shuttleworth’s preparation for a space trip, but she prefers the ocean to realize her ideals as a sportswoman.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 12 18 918

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.

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 have, 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. Rathmines 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 4000 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