On This Day – 21 August. 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.

1967. “Yachting Notes”. The Natal Yachting Association has selected Derrek Morrison, of the Point Yacht Club, as an official Natal entry for the Transvaal junior championships in dabchicks to be sailed at the East Rand Yacht Club on September 2, 3 and 4.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 08 21 – Pfotenhauer – 000116

1970. “Ladies First? Cape to Rio Sailors Hope Not!”. A recent entry in the Cape to Rio yacht race, the Sprinter, is creating a certain amount of Interest, if not curiosity, among Cape Town yachtsmen. The 9.75m (32ft) racing sloop is to be manned by an all·women crew.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 08 21 567

1987. “Sweet Win for Joko”. ·The Lipton Tea Challenge, SA’s grand prix sailing extravaganza, was recaptured by the Royal Cape Yacht Club in a tactical dance choreographed by Etienne van Cuyck, skipper of Joko ll.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 21

1989. “Love Motors Wins First Stage”. The Royal Natal Yacht Club entry, Love Motors, skippered by Craig Lanham-Love won the first stage of the 1989 Joko Lipton Cup Challenge yacht race, which started in Table Bay yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 21 – 000195

1993. “24 Yachts to Race in Joko Challenge”. A total of 24 yachts from around the country have entered the Joko Lipton Challenge Cup which starts tomorrow off Saldanha Bay, according to the organisers.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 08 21 131_Redacted

1985. “New Flag Sails Home After 27 000-mile Sea Journey”. Viewed by millions during a trip of more than 27 000 sea miles, the new flag of the democratic South Africa travelled around the world with solo yachtsman Jean Jacques Provoyeur, on his yacht Novell SA, during the BOC Challenge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 21 273

1996. “Rookie James Takes the Helm”. Wanted (a notice on the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club noticeboard may have read): Skipper for Lipton Cup campaign. Requirements:
Must be young (yet experienced) and prepared to take over the mantle of two of South Africa’s finest-ever yachtsmen, six-time Lipton winners Chris King and Rick Nankin. Tasks: The daily grind of preparing an ageing boat for a regatta. Rewards: nil.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 21 356

2005. “Shosholoza Ready For Sixth America’s Cup Qualifier”. The wind howled down the east quay of the V &A Waterfront and rain pelted the windows of the refurbished fishing shed that has become headquarters of South Africa’s America’s Cup 2007 challenge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 08 21 – stitched final – 628

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 18 000 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