On This Day – 23 May. 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.

1985. “Sachmo Wins Last Race of Season”. The Frostbite Trophy, traditionally the last race of the yachting season, was ironically contested for in summery conditions at Zwartkops on Sunday afternoon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 05 23 641

1990. “Kiwis Win 8-month Odyssey.” The yacht Steinlager 2 was serenaded by jazz bands, fireworks and New Zealand’s national anthem as it won the final leg of the 33 932-nautical mile Whitbread Round-the-World race yesterday, completing its sweep of all six legs.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 23 387 19

1991. “Vaalies Chase Coveted Prize”. An all-Transvaal crew has entered for the Crystic Beachcomber Crossing from Mauritius to Durban in September with high hopes of winning overall handicap honours in their trusty 40-footer Lazy L.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 05 23 108

1992. “Sailing for A Sweetie Without A Sextant”. Solo sailor Anthony Steward has arrived in Darwin after an eight-day voyage from the Cape York Peninsula.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 23 769

2008. “Storms and albatrosses”. Durban 2010 and Beyond – Race 8 – Hawaii
to Santa Cruz – 2028 nm.
Pieter and I were on our way to join the fleet at Santa Cruz, near San Francisco in California and within 24 hours we were on our way to Hawaii! How cool is that?
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 05 23 696

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