On This Day – 21 February. 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.

1985. “City Engineer Describes Yacht Race Pitfalls”. The City Engineer, Mr Arthur Clayton, arrived back in Port Elizabeth today looking tanned and healthy after spending 33 days at sea aboard Wings, the city’s entry in this year’s Cape to Uruguay yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1985 02 21 322 33

1985. “Syd Lippstreau Wins NSRI Regatta”. The weather gods looked kindly on Port Elizabeth Hobie yachtsmen over the weekend for the successful five-race Nashua NSRI Regatta sailed in the bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 02 21b 322 34

1991. “A Weary , Wet and Sad John Martin is Rescued”. John Martin successfully boarded Bertie Reed’s yacht Grinaker yesterday and is safe and well.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 02 21 402 36

1992. “More Than 100 Yachts”. Worcester Yacht Club hosted the Saltline Western Province Multihull Championships last week-end, which drew 100 Catamarans and more than 400 people to the shores of Brandvlei Dam.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1992 02 21 417 27

1995. “JJ Now in Leading Group”. There’s plenty of time to win a trip to the US port of Charleston, compliments of Novell SA and The Star COMPUTING, in our Follow Novell Around The World.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 02 21 385

1996. “PE Sailors in SA side for Dubai”. Two Port Elizabeth couples are among the 10-team South African contingent competing in the Hobie 16 World Championships in Dubai next month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 02 21 905

2000. “Emotions Run High with the Thrill of Landfall Under A Crystal Clear Souther Sky”. Virgil’s Odyssey. Virgil Mpaly and the rest of the crew from the MTN The Better Connection are waiting for the final prize-giving for the Cape to Rio after coming in 8th in their class on Sunday. In this, his last missive as on-board correspondent, Virgil describes their landfall.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 02 21 561

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