On This Day – 22 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.

1969. “Designer to Visit Durban”. This week I have some information that will warm the cockles of most yachtsmen’s hearts – the world famous yacht designer from Holland, Mr. E. G. van de Stadt, is most likely going to be in Durban in early September.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 22 – Pfotenhauer – 000114

1989. “Protests Mar First Day’s Race”. ·With controversy still raging at Royal Cape Yacht Club over the first day’s start fiasco, Geoff Meek established his place at the head of the fleet on the second day of the Joko Lipton Cup Challenge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 22 – 000022

1989. “Meek Leads Lipton Race”. Geoff Meek, sailing Sturrock Shipping for Royal Cape Yacht Club, stamped his authority on the fleet by winning the second stage of the Joko Lipton Challenge Cup yesterday by a convincing margin of two minutes and 18 seconds.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 22 – 000030

1990. “Hobie World Event for SA”. The 1991 Hobie 16 world championships will be held in South Africa, the International Hobie Class Association of Oceanside, California, has decided.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 08 22 390 19

1997. Yachtie ‘Rescue’ by Local Schoolgirls”. They may be landlubbers but three pupils from Wykeham Collegiate proved to be excellent virtual mariners after taking on a computer challenge with a nautical flavour. Standard seven pupils Nicole Cornish, Tracey Geyser and Sonja Surendorff, guided by teacher Debbie Kerdachi, were part of a combined South African-British team which won the BT (British Telecom) Global Rescue Competition.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 08 22 395

2008. “Stage is Set for Gruelling Lipton Challenge Cup Centennial Race in the Cape”. With entries from 32 yacht clubs around southern Africa, including for the first time both Walvis Bay and Maputo, the centennial Lipton Challenge Cup regatta which starts on Sunday is set to be a really tough contest.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 08 22 670

2010. “Girl Sailor Gives Media the Slip”. Laura Dekker, 14, secretly sets off to sail solo around the globe after overcoming opposition. Laura Dekker, the Dutch girl who began her round-the-world record bid on Saturday from Gibraltar after a long legal battle, was born on a similar sea voyage 14 years ago.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2010 08 22 686

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