On This Day – 20 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history.

From the overwhelming response I have received to these posts in the past few days 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 to save the rich history of our sport, and to share it in the hope that you will enjoy reminiscing, and learning more.

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

1985. “SA Organisers Hit At Yacht Race Critics”. South Atlantic Race organisers have slammed the sponsors of a proposed rival race from Mauritius to Durban for saying “the spirit of the Cape to Uruguay race has dwindled and interest is minimal because of an unpopular destination.”
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 20 347

1986. “Yacht Rescued From Cape Nudist Beach”. A Cape Town yacht, the Amadeus, was pulled off the beach at Sandy Bay late yesterday after it ran aground at low tide.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 01 20 935

1993. “Bubbly and Beans on Bertie’s Birthday”. Veteran campaigner Bertie Reed celebrated yet another birthday at sea yesterday, as he reached his half century with a breakfast of bacon, eggs, beans, onions and tomatoes.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 20 473_Redacted

1993. “Schoolboys in Race”. The schoolboy crew aboard Carducci-Bishops in the Cape-to-Rio yacht race are revelling in the sun knowing that their classmates in Cape Town returned to school yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 20 476_Redacted

1996. “It’s Plain Sailing for Dave”. Results from the Sail Melbourne Regatta, sailed out of Port Phillips Bay, show that Dave Hibberd, South Africa’s Olympic ,Laser sailor, managed a creditable 15th overall.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 01 20 803

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.

From the overwhelming response I have received to these posts in the past few days 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 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. 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 8500 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