On This Day – 20 February. 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.

1989. “Uni Student Becomes Point’s ‘King of Seas’”. Yachtsman Ian Ainslie became Point Yacht Club’s ‘king of the seas’ when he won the gruelling L26 Match Racing series which ended on Durban Bay yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1989 02 20 370 9

1991. “Challenging the Sea Single-handedly”. BOC round-the-world race regarded as one of the toughest events in the world.
THE men and one woman taking part in the BOC Challenge are not on the No 10 bus to Punta del Este via Cape Horn.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 02 20 253

1991. “’Parkie’ Will Defend His Title”. Iain Park-Ross, current holder of the Mauritius to Durban Crystic Beachcomber handicap Trophy, will defend his crown in the prestige race this year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1991 02 20 848

1992. “Lansdowne Company Helps Top SA Finn Sailor on His Way to the Olympics”. One of South Africa’s top Finn sailors, Ian Ainslie, leaves Durban this week for Europe to race in nine major international regattas, as part of a critical five month training period in the count down to the Barcelona Olympics.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 02 20 564

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