On This Day – 21 April. 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.

1968. “Bad Luck Penelope”. Former Rhodesian policeman Roger Cook (25) has given up his bid to sail his R20,000 41ft. ketch, Penelope Elle, from Cape Town to France.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 21 COMBINED571 26

1985. “Stander Gang’s Yacht in Da Gama Race”. Lilly Rose, the yacht on which the Stander gang was to have fled South Africa, is one of the entries in the Wilbur Ellis da Gama yacht race between Durban and East London this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 04 21 a 324 10

1990. “Martin ‘Going Like the Wind’”. Springbok yachtsman and singlehanded sailor John Martin has passed the Azores on his way to Plymouth where he and his brother Ian will set out to tackle the double-handed TransAtlantic Yacht Race in June.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 21 155

1990. “Spirit of St Gerard Moves On”. The Durban boat Jasco Spirit of St Gerard moved into first place on handicap in the 6000-nautical mile Portnet Dias yacht race yesterday, as the leaders slowed dramatically in the doldrums.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 21 885

1995. “Captain Courage”. Pass me the knife says crewman and then cuts finger·off.
A French crewman aboard a yacht competing in the Inhaca Richards Bay race last weekend amputated his own finger with a knife after it had been crushed to the bone by a tow rope.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 21 931

2004. “Art Auction to Raise Funds for Yachtsmen”. Margery Bradfield has painted box-loads of paintings, sold a few dozen – and now plans to auction several this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 04 21 397


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