On This Day – 2 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

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

1970. “Rio Race Will Not·be Easy, Says Dalling”. Despite the fact that he has one of the finest racing yachts in South Africa at his disposal, Bruce·Dalling has no illusions of “walking it” in the Cape to Rio race next month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 02 800_Redacted

1970. “Yacht Hitches A Ride”. The Cape Town·based fish factory ship, Willem Barendsz, which has been operating off Spanish Sahara for the past·year, has come to the aid of a small British yacht whose skipper was afraid he would miss the start of the Cape-to·Rio race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 02 801

1984. “Yachting (Sunday Tribune Report)”. University teams from Cape Town, Wits, Rhodes, Natal (Durban) and Natal (Pmb). Orange Free State and Potchefstroom are competing this week in the annual inter-varsity championships which begin tomorrow at Midmar Dam.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 12 02 319 10

1985. “Veteran Tells of Grim Storm”. Peter Blake, skipper of the maxi yacht Lion New Zealand and a veteran of more than 200 000 sea miles under sail, said last week he had never known a period “when the adrenalin ran so high” as in the storm that battered the leaders of the Whitbread Round-the-World Race fleet off the West Coast in October.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 02 852

1985. “Sportsmen Must Unite – De Klerk”. MR F W de Klerk, the Minister of National Education, said at the presentation of first-leg prizes in the Whitbread Round-the-World Race that sportsmen of the free world “must unite against the misuse of sport for political purposes”.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 02 852a

1986. “Flattened Twice, But Plucky Yacht Still Leads”. Knocked flat twice in heavy weather in the Southern Ocean and with its main communication systems gone, the French yacht Ecureuil d’ Aquataine, skippered by· French author Titouan Lamazou, was gamely holding on to the second leg lead in the BOC round-the-world race yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 02 644

1993. “Hancock and Franklin Unbeatable in 505″. HMYC members Rob Hancock and Alan Franklin were in unbeatable form in their 505 to win the Steve Glinane Memorial Regatta at the weekend. Not only did they win all three races, but they beat the handicapper to finish with a zero score.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 12 02 260

1993. “Justitia Breaks Record”. Intrum Justitia, the leading boat in the Whitbread round-the-world race, has smashed the world monohull 24-hour speed record twice in 24 hours, officials said yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 12 02 261

1993. “Many Masters Emerge After IYC Regatta”. The Imperial Yacht Club (IYC) recently hosted the 1993 Rutherford Joinery Regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 12 02 265

1994. “All Aboard the Orion Express”. Orion Express, the classy 40-footer that finished second in last year’s Rothmans Week regatta, is fast assuming the role of the boat to beat in this year’s event, which starts in Cape Town on December 16.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 12 02 100

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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.

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.

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.

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