On This Day – 24 August. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

Interest in the Lipton Challenge Cup posts in the last week has resulted in a slight change for the next few days. The Lipton Cup news will be headlined under just that event, with all the other news under a “General” heading.

This is a bumper issue – so enjoy revelling in the news from yesteryear.

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.

GENERAL NEWS
1967. “This is the Challenge of the America’s Cup”. The Toughest Test In All Sport. Two rapier-hulled yachts, sails primed with the pulling power of a tug, streak through the Pacific, decks aslant, spray flying, executing moves and counter-moves with the cool precision of the ballet.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 08 24 – stitched – Pfotenhauer – 000121-1

1969. “S.A. Yachts Challenge the World”. South African yachtsmen have challenged the world for top honours in the 1971 International Yacht Race – and when 40 vessels slip out of Table Bay bound for Rio de Janeiro, flags from South African cities and clubs will be flying from 15 mastheads. ·
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 24 – Pfotenhauer – 000068

1985. “’Stiffest Race ‘Yet’”. ·A benevolent Capetonian popped up in Plymouth hours before the start of the Round Britain and Ireland Race and presented an expensive electronic navigation system to the crew of Voortrekker II.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 08 24 480

1987. “Dedication Pays Off As Dream Boat is Unveiled”. Dedication is one of the prime requisites for ocean racing – and the Goldswain family from Cape Town have that in abundance.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 24 376 20

1992. “Casual Approach Wins the Trophy”. A casual approach proved a winner for two Durban yachtsmen who won the coveted Johnsson Cup in their Hobie 16 at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 24 425 34_Redacted

1995. “Tabby Backs Out of Catastrophe”. The feline mascot of the False Bay Yacht Club, Catastrophe, is free after spending five days trapped inside a yacht’s mast.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 24 269

LIPTON CUP NEWS
1988. “Blustery South-easter Sorts ‘Em Out in the Bay”. Cape yachtsmen yesterday thrived on the blustery 25 knot south-easter which wreaked havoc among some competitors in Table Bay. (Apologies to Paul Thompson for yet another spectacular pic of his mishap making the headlines!)
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 24 696_Redacted

1989. “Judron Just Makes it”. Judron, from the Hout Bay yacht club, just pipped SX Stainless Steel (ZeekoeVlei Yacht Club) to the finish line to win yesterday’s stage of the Joko Lipton Challenge Cup race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 24 376 16

1993. “Hermanus Keep Lipton Cup Lead”. Cup-holders Zeekoevlei Yacht Club remain a force to be reckoned with after a convincing win on the second day’s racing in the Joko Lipton Challenge Cup regatta at Langebaan yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 08 24 126

1996. “Crack Natal Crew Threatens Cape Monopoly of Lipton”. Natal’s Point Yacht Club and its Olympic-loaded team is likely to be the Cape’s biggest threat to retaining the magnificent R500 000 Lipton Cup when the inter-club regatta gets underway in Table Bay next Sunday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 24 361

1998. “Drama As Lipton Cup Gets Underway”. A brilliantly timed finish by Fedsure Medway ensured victory for Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club in the opening race of the 45th Lipton Cup in Algoa Bay yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 08 24 438

2006. “SA’s Yacht Clubs Set to Vie·once Again for Prestigious Lipton Cup”. The Lipton Challenge Cup gets under way in Table Bay on Sunday with crews facing six days of sailing to decide this year’s trophy.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 08 24 638

2007. “A Hexing Question Hangs Over Lipton Cup”. There is a mammoth prize at stake for the record entry of 29 clubs from throughout South Africa in the coming Lipton Challenge Cup regatta that starts on Sunday and is likely to see some of the toughest sailing in the event’s long history.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 08 24 654

2009. “Plain Sailing for Davis with Head Start for Royal Cape Yacht Club”. Defending champion Greg Davis made the perfect start to the 2009 Eden Island Lipton Cup with a comfortable win in the first race yesterday at the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC).
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2009 08 24 705

2010. “Knysna Heads for Lipton Glory, But False Bay Close Behind”. The 25-strong Lipton fleet had milder, but still chilly, winds yesterday, and while Royal
Natal moved up from seventh to third, and Theewater from ninth to fourth, once again it was Knysna which took the front spot, with False Bay second.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2010 08 24 684

2011. “Robinson and Orion B2G2 Back on Top”. Royal Natal Yacht Club’s Ricky Robinson was back at the top of the Lipton Challenge Cup leaderboard after the completion of the third race on a cold and wet day three off Mossel Bay. Yesterday’s racing was sailed in southwesterly winds varying between 6 and 12-knots, with gusts at around 15 knots.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2011 08 24 234

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 18 000 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