On This Day – 21 January. 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. “ Corks Pop As Fleet Crosses Meridian”. Champagne corks popped in the South Atlantic as more than half the fleet crossed the Greenwich meridian into the western hemisphere, completing the first quarter of the race to Uruguay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 21 418

1987. Loser Bond·Sails to Into TV Win”. Alan Bond, the rolypoly millionaire from Perth who became an Australian national hero by winning the America’s Cup in 1983, was a sad loser but also a big winner yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 01 21 40

1987. “Conner’s Syndicate Wants the Kiwis’·Help”. New Zealand’s rookie America’s Cup campaign lost out to Dennis Conner’s experience but won his admiration. So much so that Conner’s syndicate is all but begging the Kiwi team to help them prepare for the cup final.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 01 21 38

1988. “Exciting Hobie Racing”. Sixteen top Hobie sailors took part in a match racing series at Theewaters Sports Club where the wind conditions were light to start with but improved considerably on the Sunday when racing continued.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 01 21

1993. “A ‘Gentleman’s Race’”. The 1993 Cape-to-Rio yacht race had been a “gentleman’s race” so far, said Namsea Challenger skipper Padda Kuttel.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 21 485

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 8500 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