On This Day – 19 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

I have been paging through a scrap book of Rio Race cuttings given to me by Thirsty Bertie. There is some really interesting material in there which will be shared soon. Thank you Thirsty.

The opening feature today is from 1970 and about an acting Deputy Sheriff who is doing the Rio Race.

We then fast-forward to 1991 and an article about an award for action on yachting legislation. My question though, does the RCYC still award this trophy?

There is an interesting report on bringing women into the sport via SALSA! Read the full report for more…

Swedish Match had fought back and retaken the lead in the Whitbread Race, and a good report about Ian Ainslie being the ‘Shosholoza’ strategist.

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline.

1970. “Acting Deputy Sheriff for Rio Race”. Durban’s former acting deputy sheriff, Mr P.C.A. (Archie) Snyman, will cast aside knotty legal problems for “knotty” nautical problems early next year when he joins the crew of the yacht ‘Ocean Spirit’ for the Cape to Rio race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 11 19 317_Redacted

1991. “Award for Action on Yachting Legislation”. A top Cape Town yachtsman has received the 1991 Edinburgh Crystal award for the most outstanding contribution to the Royal Cape Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 11 19 413 16_Redacted

1991. “Chance for Women to Get in Step”. The term ‘SALSA’ brings to mind visions of exotic dancing but for many women in Durban it now means getting in step with the tempo of sailing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 11 19 413 20_Redacted

1997. “Yachting: Swedish Match Back Ahead”. Whitbread Round the World Race second leg leader ‘Swedish Match’ was back in control yesterday, relieved to have avoided a repeat of the previous day’s sailing which saw the pack take a huge chunk from its lead..
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 11 19 444

2006. “Ainslie’s on the up”. Durban man is ‘Shosholoza’ strategist for 2007 AC. Next year will be a strategic year for Durban Team Shosholoza crew member Ian Ainslie.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 11 19 549

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.

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 have, 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. Rathmines 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 4000 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.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.