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

by Richard Crockett

I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history.

From the overwhelming response I have received to these posts in the past few days 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 to save the rich history of our sport, and to share it in the hope that you will enjoy reminiscing, and learning more.

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

1973. Jakaranda and Stormy Still Lead”. Her blue and yellow spinnaker packed with wind, Brazil’s Kameha Meha came searing past Tafelberg yesterday morning and disappeared to the north-west in pursuit of the Cape-to-Rio leaders.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1973 01 18 289

1992. “PYC 100 Years Old this Year”. The Point Yacht Club in Durban celebrates its centenary this year. The club’s official birthday is on May 14 and a programme of special centenary events has been organised for the year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 18 182

1992. “Olympic Trials Begin for SA Yachtsmen”. Fifty-nine of South Africa’s top yachtsmen have entered in six classes for the olympic yachting trials which start in Durban this weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 18 685

1993. “Single Climax Missing”. I hate to say it, but nearly-round-the-world yachtsman Anthony Steward is becoming a bit of a bore.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 18 309

1993. “Rio Race Leader’s Gamble Paying Off”. The South African Navy Rio race entry Broomstick, skippered by Lieutenant Commander Hanno Teutenjberg, has increased her lead and has an incredible second position on handicap.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 18 458

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.

From the overwhelming response I have received to these posts in the past few days 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 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. 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 8500 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