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

by Richard Crockett

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

The chronic shortage of moorings in Durban was being addressed by the City, and was an on-going issue for decades!

The crew of the Danish sloop in the Whitbread Race was reduced to 1 litre of water per day for 3 weeks, with an adjacent report about a runner and a yacht to race each other.

John Martin was caching the leaders despite auto-pilot issues.

South Africa made a breakthrough in international yachting when Geoff Myburgh was elected to an IYRU committee.

A youthful team was off to the Volvo World Youth champs, and two Welsh youths were being given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Finally, the headline says it all – “Shosholoza’s Chances Dashed”.

1969. “Durban Yachting Report Soon”. A full report concerning the solution to the chronic shortage of mooring facilities for yachts in Durban harbour, is to be submitted to the City Engineer and Harbour Engineer shortly.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 11 20

1985. “Water Rationing for Sloop”. Diesel pollution in one of their six fresh-water tanks forced the crew of the Danish sloop ‘SAS Baia Viking’ – last of the 15 yachts to finish the Whitbread Round-the-World-Race – onto a strict ration of one litre of water a day for three weeks.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 11 20 816

1985. “Road Runner, Yacht to Race Each Other”. A Flying Dutchman took up a challenge thrown at him by a Flying Scot at the Royal Cape Yacht Club yesterday – and the stage has been set for a unique race this weekend between a veteran distance runner and a round-the-world racing yacht.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 11 20 816

1986. “John Martin is Catching BOC Leaders”. John Martin is still in the race; not only that, he’s catching up with the leaders.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 11 20 605

1990. “SA Makes Yachting Breakthrough”. South Africa has achieved a breakthrough in international yachting.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 11 20 394 7

1998. “Jong SA Span Gereed Vir 300 Wereldvaarders”. Die Suid-Afrikaanse seiljagspan kan baie sterk teenstand verwag wanneer byna 300 deelnemers van meer as veertig lande van 29 Desember tot 6 Januarie aan die Volvo Wereld-jeugbyeenkoms by Simonstad deelneem.
(TRANSLATION: Young SA Team Ready for 300 World Competitors”. The South African yachting team can expect strong opposition when nearly 300 participants from more than forty countries take part in the Volvo World Youth regatta in Simon’s Town from 29 December to 6 January).
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 11 20 587

2000. “SA to Help Welsh Youths Get A Taste of Life At Sea”. Two Welsh youths have been given the opportunity to escape this year’s British winter and crew aboard a yacht competing in the biannual Governor’s Cup race from Cape Town to St Helena.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 11 20 524

2004. “Shosholoza’s Chances Dashed”. South Africa’s America’s Cup team Shosholoza lost three tough matches at the Swedish Match Tour’s Nippon Cup in Japan yesterday, which puts paid to their chances of going forward to the semi-finals which will be sailed today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 11 20 750

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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.

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

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.