On This Day – 21 March. 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.

1986. “At 80 It’s Time to Cruise”. The success of Royal Cape Yacht Club’s experiment in switching from winter to summer sailing on Table Bay for the club’s 80th sailing season, 1985/6, is to be marked by an event also unusual in the club’s annals – a closing cruise .
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 03 21 440

1986. “Top Yachts Compete for Honours in 125-Miler”. The annual Royal Natal Yacht Club anniversary 125-mile race starts tomorrow. The race was first staged a few years ago to celebrate the RNYC’s 125th anniversary and proved to be so popular it was decided to hold it every year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 03 21 446

1990. “Voortrekker I Durf Sy Laaste Tog Aan”. Voortrekker I, Suid-Afrika se beroemdste seiljag en die een wat tot groot mate daarvoor verantwoordelik was dat die land so goed begin vaar het op die internasionale wedvaart-toneel, gaan met vanjaar se Portnet Bartolomeu Dias-vaart vir oulaas die plaaslike seiltoneel verryk.
TRANSLATION: “Voortrekker I Dares A Last Passage”. Voortrekker I, South Africa’s most famous yacht and the one responsible to a large extent for the country to have done so well on the international racing scene, is going to enrich the local sailing scene with this year’s Portnet Bartolomeu Dias cruise.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 21 243

1992. “’You’ll Kill Yourself,’ Yachtie Steward Warned”. South African yachtsman Anthony Steward, who is due to leave Brisbane for Durban next week, has been warned: “Stop before you kill yourself.”
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 03 21 126

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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.

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