On This Day – 19 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.

1985. “Voortrekker II Ready for Battle”. Voortrekker II and skipper Lieutenant-Commander John Martin are ready to resume their ocean battles.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 05 19 325 13

1990. “Turning Landlubbers Into Old Salts”. Port Elizabeth’s first formal school of seamanship opened three weeks ago and has already attracted prospective students from as far as East London and Jeffreys Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 19 142

1990. “Grand Old Lady steals thunder”. Walon ran out of luck – and out of wind, and the Grand Old Lady of South African yacht racing, Voortrekker I, took full advantage, to steal most of the thunder at the finish of their 7 000 mile Atlantic duel from Cape Town to Lisbon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 19 041

1990. “Durban Yacht Takes Portnet”. Jasco Spirit of St Gerard is the provisional winner of the Portnet Dias Trophy Yacht Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 19 042

1993. “Fitness is Crucial When You Sail on A Lively J22″. Fitness will be crucial in the J22 national championships which start offshore from Durban tomorrow.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 05 19 147

1997. “More Support to Make Sailing Fun for Youngsters”. I recently received a book to review entitled “Russell Coutts Course to Victory” which was written by Paul Larsen. For those landlubbers who don’t know who Russell Coutts is, he was the helmsman of New Zealand’s winning America’s Cup boat during the 1995 America’s Cup when they beat the Americans and Dennis Conner 5 – 0, the biggest margin of victory in the 144 year history of the event.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 05 19 426

2006. “Big Chill for Team Shosholoza”. It may not sound like the best way to recover from a gruelling day of sailing, but ice bathing seems to be doing the trick for South Africa’s Team Shosholoza crew, competing in the prestigious America’s Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 05 19 678

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