On This Day – 22 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. “Meek Yachtsman of the Year”. Springbok sailor Geoff Meek of Royal Cape Yacht Club was declared the 1985 Yachtsman of the Year last night, at the annual dinner in Johannesburg of the SA Yachting Racing Association (SAYRA).
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 03 22 443

1991. “Faulty Lamp Leads Yacht to Safety”. A yacht en route to Europe lost its anchor off Koeel Bay in a howling gale but was guided to the safety of Gordon’s Bay harbour by the blinking of a faulty mercury security lamp in the grounds of the navy college.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 22 32

2006. “Ocean Odyssey in Wake of Yesteryear’s Hero”. The boat is of a 200-year old design and the man is 62. Together, they have tackled a voyage that has beaten young people on new boats.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 03 22 780

2008. “Yachties Laser in At Vetch’s”. The yachting fraternity is out in force at Vetch’s Beach for the Point Yacht Club’s annual Easter Regatta or Hobies and Lasers that got under way yesterday in Durban Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 03 22 664

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