On This Day – 18 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.

1993. “Steward Wil Kaap Hoorn Pak”. Die hande van die 29-jarige Anthony Steward, wat alleen in ‘n oop seiljag om die wereld gevaar het, is verrimpeld soos die van ‘n bejaarde, maar sy avontuurlus is nie gedemp nie. Aanstaande jaar begin hy met nog ‘n rekordpoging.
TRANSLATION: “Steward Wants To Tackle Cape Horn”. The hands of 29-year-old Anthony Steward, who sailed alone in an open yacht around the world, are shrivelled like an elderly man’s, but his adventureness is not muted. Next year, he begins another record attempt.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 03 18 441 47

1994. “Pinnel, Cripps Champs with A Race Still to Go”. Ian Pinnel and Daniel Cripps of Great Britain are the new Fireball world champions. After yesterday’s penultimate race the pair are in an unassailable position 27 points ahead of their nearest rivals.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 03 18 313

1994. “Nothing Spared on Massive Yacht”. The biggest-ever yacht under construction in South Africa, a 40 m mega-monster worth R25m, is being completed by a Cape Town yacht building company commissioned by an American millionaire – and will exude opulence when launched.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 03 18 314

2002. “EL Sailor Breaks Jinx in Inter-schools Regatta”. The 26th Eastern Cape Inter-Schools regatta, hosted by Redhouse Yacht Club, was sailed last Saturday and Sunday and was attended by 21 sailors and 19 boats representing eight schools from here. Six races were sailed in varying conditions.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2002 03 18 724

2004. “Inter-Schools Regatta A Success”. The KZN Inter-Schools Regatta hosted by HMYC, took place at Midmar over the weekend. Race ‘Officer Rob Walker reports a very successful Regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 03 18 748

2007. “Shosholoza Flies Flag with No SA Backing”. A South African sports team is heading into the final rounds of one of the world’s greatest sports events and performing well – without any South African financial backing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 03 18 757

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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 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