On This Day – 23 February. 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.

1987. “Jeantot Set for Record-breaking Finish”. BOC Challenge round-the-world yacht race leader Philippe Jeantot, the “Flying Frenchman” in Credit Agricole III, is expected to better his winning 1982/1983 time for the third leg by about 10 days when he crosses the finish line in Rio de Janeiro later today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1987 02 23 34

1990. “Sea Lures Inland Crew”. More inland yachtsmen are taking to the sea,
many of them trying their hand at ocean racing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 02 23 384 4

1994. “Intrum Breaks Own 24-hour Record”. European yacht Intrum Justitia broke its own 24-hour world record yesterday as it increased its lead on the fourth leg of the Whitbread Round the World
Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1994 02 23 883

1994. “Whitbread Fleet Won’t Forget Kiwi Send-off”. Some 6 000 spectator craft and 300 000 people along the shores around Auckland , New Zealand, bade the Whitbread round-the-world race fleet bon voyage on Sunday at the start of the 5 195-mile fourth leg into Southern Ocean iceberg territory towards the notorious Cape Horn and Punta de! Este, Uruguay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1994 02 23 147

1998. “Franse Jagvaarder Verdrink by Strand”. “Ek het hom hoor skreeu, maar kon hom glad nie in die donker nag en mistige weer sien nie. Daar was nie ‘n lig of maanlig wat my kon help om hom te hulp te snel nie.”
TRANSLATION: “French Sailor Drowns at Strand”. “I heard him screaming, but I couldn’t see him at all in the dark night and foggy weather. There was no light or moonlight that could help me to spot him.”
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1998 02 23 162

2000. “Blood, Tears on Luna Rossa”. Injured bowman is rescued from Italian yacht as Team New Zealand win again.
In a blood-splattered couple of seconds Italy’s Prada Challenge lost their second America’s Cup yacht race yesterday as Team New Zealand were already looking formidable with a 2-0 lead in the best of nine.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   2000 02 23 565

2007. “Rekord-getal jagte kan in Mykonos-regatta wegspring”. Die maksi-seiljag Doughty, met Ryan Lotter as skipper, kan vanoggend ‘n rekord van 80 seiljagte uit Tafelbaai lei vir die jaarlikse Club Mykonos regatta.
TRANSLATION: “Record Number of Yachts Will Start in Mykonos Regatta”. The Maxi yacht Doughty, with Ryan Lotter as skipper, will lead a record 80 yachts from Table Bay this morning for the annual Club Mykonos regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   2007 02 23 740

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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