On This Day – 20 March. 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. “Crews Geared Up for Big Easter”. The Sprog Glinane Regatta to be sailed at Zwartkops over Easter is the big talking point among river yachtsmen and judging from the tremendous interest and preparations being made by the local skippers, the visiting competitors could be in for a tough time.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 03 20 439

1989. “White, Fletcher Win Jonsson Cup”. In the most exciting finish in recent years, five different class yachts raced towards the line in the 1989 Jonsson Cup pursuit race. .
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To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 03 20 371 11

1990. “Teuteberg Enthuses Over His ‘New’ Toy”. South Africa’s most famous yacht, Voortrekker II, has been given a new lease on life.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 20 238

1990. “Airways Now Takes to the Sea”. The South African Airways is taking to the oceans, but shipping magnates need not fear.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 20 241

1991. “Martin Vows to Sail Solo Again”. Springbok yachtsman John Martin, back in Cape Town after his BOC ordeal, has said he ‘will go round the world single-handed again, in whatever shape or form’.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 20 29

1991. “Tears As Reed Accepts Bravery Award”. Bertie Reed has been presented with an award for outstanding bravery from President de Klerk.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 20 30

2008. “Relief as SA Crew Reach Honolulu”. Durban 2010 and Beyond, one of two yachts dismasted during the 4 400-mile (7 080km) Race 7 from Qingdao, China, to Hawaii in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race, has arrived in Honolulu.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 03 20 666

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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.

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