On This Day – 23 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.

1992. “Day One Belongs to Chris King”. Day one of the Olympic sailing trials in Durban yesterday: belonged to Capetonian Chris King who opened his Barcelona account in fine style in the ultra-competitive soling class with two out of two wins over Durban’s Bruce Savage and Cape Town’s Geoff·Meek.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 23 670

1992. “Collins, Ainslie on Top”. Even before the starting gun it was clear the Olympic Selection regatta was going to be tough – and tough it was with very little between the competitors.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 23 671

1993. “Catamarans in Round the World in 80 Days Race”. A race to sail around the world in 80 days may sound romantic but with $1 million (R3 million) at stake the English and French protagonists will be in dead earnest when sailing·begins this month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 23 494

1993. “Last Rush to Rio”. It’s going down to the wire in the Rothmans Cape to Rio yacht race. Three boats – leader Broomstick, closely followed by Parker Pen and Namsea Challenger – are sprinting the last few hundred sea miles to the finish.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 23 501

1996. “Anxious Wait for Plattner”. A second yacht has completed the Rothmans Cape-to-Rio race. Swedish entry Nicorette crossed the finish line in the Cape-To-Rio race at 10.59pm (South African time) on Sunday to finish second overall. Skipper Ludde Ingvall completed the distance in 15 days, eight hours – 17 hours behind line honours’ winner Fancourt’s Morning Glory.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 01 23 817

1996. “Warrior Fights for Honours”. Beaten to the finish by Fancourt’s Morning Glory and Nicorette, Warrior has raised all sails to exploit the first good wind in four days and reach Rio by mid-morning today. The crew of Cape Town yacht Warrior were driving their boat through pitch-darkness·last night under full spinnaker, staysail and mainsail in last-gasp bid to overtake Fancourt’s Morning Glory on handicap – the actual winner of the 1996 Rothmans Cape-to-Rio Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 01 23 821

2006. “Windsong Sweeps Into Bahia to Claim Line, Handicap Wins”. Cape Town skipper Rob Meek took line honours in the monohull class and the handicap prize in the Heineken Cape to Bahia yacht race when he guided Windsong across the finish line here on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   2006 01 23 992

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 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