On This Day – 22 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. “Yachts in Tussle”. The dramatic mid-Atlantic tussle between the maxi yachts continued on the ninth day of the South Atlantic race with Gerhard Aab’s Momentum Life only one nautical mile ahead of the scratch sloop Apple Macintosh.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 22 412

1993. “Broomstick Still Leading Race But Under Pressure”. Broomstick skipper Hanno Teuteberg was pushing his crew on exhausting four-hour watches around the clock to stay in front of a steaming Parker Pen yesterday, as the race leaders rounded Ilha da Trinadade, the turning point for Rio.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 22 487_Redacted

1993. “Rio Race: Blue Battles to Move Ahead”. The East London yacht, Blue, was still battling to improve her position yesterday after dropping 10 places on handicap last weekend, Cape-to-Rio organisers said.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 22a 487

1996. “Glory for Fancourt”. Fancourt’s Morning Glory won the Cape-to-Rio race in record time yesterday.
Fancourt’s Morning Glory has won the 1996 Rothmans Cape-To-Rio race in record time. Hasso Plattner crossed the finish line at 5.52.31am South African time yesterday to beat the course record set by Broomstick three years ago. Plattner’s time of 14 days 14 hours 52 minutes and 31 seconds beat the previous record by 12 hours 17 minutes and 52 seconds.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 01 22 813

2005. “America’s Cup Team Gets Top Sailors”. Old Man of the Sea leads crew. A test of skill and strategy, the America’s Cup match racing event is sailing’s most coveted prize, pitting sailors and their craft against the fickle moods of the ocean and its winds.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 01 22 931

2005. “City Men Out to Conquer the Waves”. Pretoria boasts two members of South Africa’s America’s Cup challenge – Cape Town-based Team Shosholoza.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 01 22b 931

2009. “US 90-footer Crosses Finish Line As Cape Yacht Falls Behind”. The international crew on the US 90-foot yacht Rambler punched the air and waved buoyantly at the media in the accompanying rubber ducks as the sleek racing machine finally crossed the Heineken Cape to Bahia finish line at 2.55pm in a sultry Salvador yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2009 01 22 544

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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 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