On This Day – 2 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.

1986. “Yachting in Ideal Weather”. Last weekend saw the sixth and final round of the Western Province Hobie Catamaran series held at Worcester Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 05 02 060

1990. “Yacht in Crash Drama”. All 23 yachts set sail yesterday on the fourth leg of the gruelling Whitbread round-the-world race, as thousands on pleasure craft bid them farewell. An estimated 6 000 spectator boats escorted the racing fleet out of a carnival-like Auckland harbour for the long haul back to Punte del Este, Uruguay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 02 05 384 1

1990. “Toothache Victim”. Frenchman Guy Bernardin, abandoned the single-handed non-stop round-the-world yacht race yesterday because he has raging toothache, organisers said.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 02 05 384 1

1990. “Reed Opts Out After Winning First Leg”. Bertie Reed has taken line honours in the first leg of the Portnet Dias race to Lisbon, but reached “home” only an hour ahead of arch-rival Hanno Teuteberg on SAA Voortrekker II.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 02 946

1990. “Yacht Nearly Blown Up by Sea Mine”. The yacht Walon, skippered by South African Dave Abromowitz, leader in the Portnet Dias race from Cape Town to Lisbon, was nearly blown up by a mine yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 02 951

1991. “Brave Bertie Roars Into Newport”. It was the sleep of the just for South African round-the-world sailor Bertie Reed – an unbroken sleep-of 12 hours by a man who had just crossed the finish -line at the end of his third singlehanded round-the-world yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 05 02 407 14

1992. “Jubilant Italians Sail Into History”. Italian newspapers, jubilant after II Moro di Venezia became the first European challenger to reach the America’s Cup final for 28 years, coined the phrase “Moromania” yesterday to convey the nation’s excitement.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 02 145_Redacted

2003. “Smooth Sailing for Hobie Winners”. The final day of the Hobie 16 national championship regatta here was again blessed with superb sailing conditions yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2003 05 02 008

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