On This Day – 2 April. 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.

1968. “Wife ‘Never’ Had Doubts”. Mrs. Dorothy Rose (55) opened a bottle of champagne last night to celebrate her yachtsman husband’s feat in rounding Cape Horn and predicted that he would be home by mid-July.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 02 COMBINED571 7

1986. “2000 Sailors in Action”. At least 2 000 yachtsmen will be sailing in nine separate regattas during the SA Games from April 5 to 13 – and this makes yachting one of the biggest contributors in terms of participants in the Games.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 04 02 019

1990. “Voortrekker II and Grinaker in the Lead”. SAA Voortrekker II, skippered by Hanno Teuteberg, and Bertie Reed’s Grinaker built up a formidable lead in the Portnet Dias yacht race to Lisbon yesterday, after logging 24-hour runs of 260 and 290 nautical miles, respectively.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 02 755

1992. “J22s Tune Up for Champs”. Close finishes were the order of the day on Sunday when HMYC held the last two races of their championship series.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 02 419 3

1996. “Boat Builders Beat French for Top Contract”. Robertson and Caine, the boat builders, have trounced French shipping yards to clinch a R37 million international contract from the world’s largest charter company, The Moorings.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 04 02 058

2001. “Off to A Flying Start”. In a day of drama on and off the water, the Flying Fifteen World Championships got under way offshore from Durban yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 04 02 322

2007. “We’ll Be Watching Out for Shosholoza”. We often forget the extent to which our sport has been globalised and become big business.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 04 02 694

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