On This Day – 23 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.

1967. “Water Bok Wanted, Chichester-style”. While all the world was watching, at second-hand, Sir Francis Chichester’s epic rounding of Cape Horn during the past two days, few people could have realised that the irrepressible single-hander probably had only half his mind on the wild weather round his little ship.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 03 23

1990. “Voortrekker II, Fresh From Overhaul, Takes on Reed’s Grinaker”. Navy Lieutenant-Commander Hanno Teuteberg has thrown the gauntlet down at Bertie Reed in the Portnet Dias yacht race from Cape Town to Lisbon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 23 236

1996. “Sporting Easter’s Firework Opener”. Port Elizabeth’s beach·front will explode into an extravaganza of colour at the Easter weekend with the EP Herald’s sizzling fireworks display off Shark Rock Pier at Hobie Beach.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 03 23 645

1996. “Over 100 Boats to Set Off”. The Point Yacht Club March Regatta for dinghies and small catamarans kicks off on Thursday, March 21, at 13h00. Sailing is from PYC’s·Beach Facility.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 03 23 646

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