On This Day – 19 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.

1987. “Terry Says ‘Aye Aye’ to Her Skipper”. Cape Town Springbok waterskier Terry van der Merwe is to marry the skipper of an oceangoing yacht on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 03 19 680

1987. “Close Racing At False Bay”. Some of the closest racing ever seen in False Bay took place during the Avis Western Province championships for Buccaneer and Flamenca, combined with the Fireball Western Province championships and a special Sprog event.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 03 19 17_Redacted

1990. “Voortrekker I Hoping to Bow Out Gracefully”. The end of an era is drawing near as the “grand old lady of the sea” – Voortrekker I – prepares for her last race before being put on permanent display in a city museum.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 19 231

1991. “2 More Honours for Brave Bertie”. Yachtsman Bertie Reed yesterday received two more awards for bravery and sportsmanship after his rescue of John Martin near Cape Horn last month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 19 42

1991. “Two More Awards for ‘Wolraad’ Reed”. Springbok yachtsman Bertie Reed was honoured with two more awards for bravery and sportsmanship yesterday arising from the dramatic rescue of fellow South African John Martin under perilous conditions off Cape Horn last month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 19 26_Redacted

1991. “Doughty Reed Wants to Train SA Sailors to Beat French”. Springbok and round-the-world yachtsman Bertie Reed, who received a hero’s welcome at the Roaring Forties Association hall at Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred waterfront last Wednesday, will devote most of his time to training young yachtsmen anxious to compete in international events.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 19 28

1993. “Ocean Crossing in Log Real Nautical Feat”. It was with interest I followed Anthony Steward’s open boat circumnavigation.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 03 19 441 50

1994. “Valuable Lesson for Yachtsmen”. A bruising south-easter followed by a south-westerly blast shipwrecked the Laser provincial championships, but proved a valuable experience for organisers and competitors.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 03 19 307

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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