On This Day – 19 April. 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.

1985. “Yacht Back After Rough Rio Voyage”. With only two tins of fish and a handful of dried vegetables in the food locker the Hout Bay yacht Strike One with four weary crew members was towed into Hout Bay yesterday afternoon after a rough 50-day crossing from Rio de Janeiro.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 04 19 324 12

1986. “The Carioca Sailors Show Their Expertise”. Carioca sailors showed their expertise when they sailed in strong winds on a south-east course for their single-handed race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 04 19 034

1986. “Privateer Back in the Lead”. The US maxi, Atlantic Privateer, sped past UBS Switzerland yesterday to take the lead once again in the Whitbread Round-the-World yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 04 19 041

1990. “Injuries Mar Touchwood Challenge”. Ill-luck hit the leading boat in the Portnet Dias Race yesterday as Natfish Touchwood temporarily abandoned the race to rush an injured crewman to Ascension.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 19 870

1995. “Yacht Ahoy At PE Pier”. A competitor in the Continental Challenge National Sailing Regatta attracted much amused attention from passers-by when he ran aground off Shark Rock Pier at Hobie Beach yesterday morning.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 19 914

1995. “Kiwis Pin Cup Hopes on Blake”. Yachting fever has gripped New Zealand as Peter Blake is on the verge of making history – just one victory short of qualifying as the first Kiwi skipper to represent his country as the challenger nation for the sport’s biggest prize, the America’s Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 19 916

1997. “Weather Plays Foul with Youth Yacht Selections”. Youth selections for Laser Full Rigs (boys), radials (girls) and Laser II were held in Durban over the Easter weekend, combined with the Sprog Natal provincial champs, 505 national champs and Hobie 16 Natal provincial champs.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 04 19 139

2007. “Tutu Gives SA Yacht Hotline to Heaven”. Nowhere in the labyrinth that is the America’s Cup rule book is there a section on boats enlisting help from above, which is just as well as South Africa’s Team Shosholoza claim to have a hotline to heaven.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 04 19 717

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