On This Day – 23, 24 & 25 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline.

1984. “Around the World – in ‘His’ Coffin”. It started out as a coffin and turned out to be the third-smallest yacht ever to set out on a world circumnavigation.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 11 24 315

1984. “Hole-in-Heart Yachtsman Keen to Set Up World Research Fund, Do Daredevil Stunts”. Lone British hole-in-heart sailor James Hatfield, who is circumnavigating the globe to collect funds for heart research, wants to write “the first true account of lone sailing”.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 11 25 combined 4

1987. “Gwaap to Defend Title – with A Cape Crew”. Gwaap, the Durban-based holder of the Rothmans Week Trophy, will defend her title next month but will be manned by a Cape Town crew.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 11 23 4 copy

1991. “Solo Sailor in An Open Boat Says He Owes His Life to A Broken Mast”. If a broken mast had not forced solo sailor Anthony Steward to turn and run for cover in the New Caledonian Islands, he probably would not be alive today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 11 23 728

1992. “Steward Faces Cyclone Season in Patched Boat”. South Africa’s single-handed around-the-world yachtsman Anthony Steward yesterday prepared to leave on the final 3000 miles of his record-breaking around the world voyage in an open boat.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 11 23 434 24

1992. “FW Honours Citizens of Courage”. Sailor Bertie Reed and former heart surgeon Professor Chris Barnard were among 38 people who received awards for bravery and service to the country from President F W de Klerk at the Presidential Guest House here yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 11 25 430 34

1995. “Blind Sailor’s Rio Dreams in Balance”. The dreams of four blind yachtsmen are in danger of being scuttled unless sponsorship can be found for their entry in next year’s Rothmans Cape-to-Rio race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 11 23 423

1997. “Sloop Survives Mauritius Coastguard Collision”. A luxury yacht is undergoing repairs in Richard’s Bay after a collision which could have sent it to the bottom as it was leaving Mauritius with the fleet on the around-the-world rally.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 11 24 271

1998. “Young black sailors crest the waves of change”. On arrival back in South Africa, solo sailor Neal Petersen will discover a yacht club environment far removed from the attitude which once dictated that sailing was an exclusively white sport.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 11 24 596

2000. “California Cruising. Americans Win Both Races in 505 Class”. Californians Mike Martin and Steve Bourdow showed that they are the force to reckoned with after winning both 505 races sailed off Durban yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 11 23 304

2005. Ex-Streetchild Loves Life At Sea”. The Durban yachtswoman who has just completed part of the Clipper round-the-world adventure wants to do another “leg” of the race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   2005 11 23 598

2005. “Sailing Teen Loves the Thrill of Yachting”. Australian Samantha Gallagher, the youngest crew member in the Clipper 05-06 Round The World Yacht Race, has found the race “hectic” and feels like pulling out her hair at times, but said she would not trade the experience for anything.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 11 24 839

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.

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 have, 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. Rathmines 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 4000 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.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.