On This Day – 19 February. 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. “Groups Plan 1987 Perth Yacht ‘War’”. They say it’s going to be the biggest thing seen in the Indian Ocean.
It is undoubtedly the biggest event in the history of international yachting – the multimillion rand “war” (for that’s what it is) to win back the America’s Cup, the greatest prize in competitive sailing, from Australia.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 02 19a 457

1985. “City Yacht Gets Top Prize”. Cape Town sloop Spirit of CIW II, skippered by Ernst van der Laan and his crew of the Royal Cape Yacht Club, has been declared the winner on handicap in all classes of this year’s South Atlantic race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 02 19b 457

1987. “Natal Scoops Field·in Laser Trials”. Natal skippers took three of the first four places in 1987 national Laser championships in False Bay at the weekend.
David Hibberd of University of Natal Yacht Club was the overall winner after a consistent performance.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 02 19 674

1988. “New Safety Regulations for Small Boats Are to Protect Both Crew and Craft Says Captain”. New regulations governing the safety requirements of small boats going offshore will soon become law, according to the principal officer of the Department of Transport (marine division), Captain Peter Kroon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 02 19 9

1990. “Get More Fun Takes the Line Honours”. The yachts in this year’s Sea Harvest Ocean Race was severely handicapped by extremely light winds which forced all but nine of the fleet to retire either to Royal Cape or Club Mykonos.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 02 19 384 4

1991. “John Martin Se BOC-drome Straks Verydel”. “Cowboys huil nie en seemanne ook nie, maar nou is ek nogal lus daarvoor,” het die Springbok-seiljagvaarder John Martin sy landspan gister laat weet. Martin se BOC-drome is straks op ‘n blou Maandag verydel toe by halfpad deur die derde skof van die alleenwedvaart om die wereld teen ‘n ysskots vasgeseil het op sy jag, Allied
Bank.
TRANSLATION: “John Martin’s BOC Dreams Will Immediately Disappear”. “Cowboys don’t cry and seamen don’t either, but now I’m quite happy about it,” Springbok yachtsman John Martin told his shore team on Monday. Martin’s BOC dreams may have been thwarted on a blue Monday when, at halfway through the third lap of the lone race around the world, he sailed into an ice cap on his yacht, Allied Bank.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 02 19 402 20

1994. “Course Change Gets Thumbs up”. After a lapse of two years, the Agulhas race, known as one of the country’s toughest yacht races, received a firm thumbs up signal from sailors last weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 02 19 880

2000. “Kiwis Can’t Afford to Lose America’s Cup”. Italian win would knock Auckland hard. The source of all the hubbub rests in a shatterproof-glass case in a still room on the second floor of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 02 19 559

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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