On This Day – 18 May. 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.

1989. “Lex -Smit Shipshape and Killing Time”. The 1989 Beachcomber Crossing, the gruelling 2 800 km yacht race from Mauritius to Durban, is still four months away but the first South African boat is already at the Indian Ocean island preparing for the biennial classic.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 05 18 058

1990. “Voortrekker II Flies High to Take Line Honours”. To borrow and bend Jack Higgins’ famous book title, The Flying Springbok, has landed.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 18 039

1990. “ World Yacht Race Reaches Final Port”. The Whitbread Round the World yacht race, which for the last eight months has seemed like a sideshow to the life-and-death struggles of its competitors, is expected to reach its final port this weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 18 387 18

1992. “Bill Koch Admits to Spying on Other Boats”. As he celebrated his America’s Cup victory, Bill Koch admitted he used frogmen to spy on other boats’ keels, and said the Italians “and every other syndicate worth its salt here” did the same.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 18 186_Redacted

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