On This Day – 19 August. 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.

1967. “German Ace for S.A.”. Willy Kuhweide of West Germany. winner of the Finn Gold Cup in Finland two weeks ago, will be taking part in the South African National championships at Saldanha Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 08 19 – Pfotenhauer – 000120

1969. “Three Young Sailors Take to the Land!” A nightmare storm at sea, which blew out the sails of their yacht and threw three young crew members from their bunks as they slept, has persuaded British yachtsman John Ryley to quit the sea and look for a job ashore.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 19 – Pfotenhauer – 000069

1986. “Rival Bails Out Sail America”. ·The America’s Cup, starting next January, got off to an embarrassing start when a leading syndicate put two yachts into Fremantle harbour yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 08 19 068

1991. “Men Who Abandoned Yacht Safe”. Four men, who abandoned their burning yacht off Longbeach on the Cape Peninsula on Saturday evening, were unhurt and safe at home, a spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute said.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 08 19 410 28

2005. “Shosholoza Gets Fine Tuning Before the Race”. The South African hi-tech racing boat, Shosholoza, is in Malmo, Sweden, where its 17-man crew are fine-tuning it for the sixth in the series of Louis Vuitton events, which precede the next America’s Cup, to be held in 2007 off Valencia in Spain.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 08 19 629

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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 18 000 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