On This Day – 24 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.

1967. “To Outsail Chichester?”  As Sir Francis Chichester sails his lonely way to Cape Horn, a group of South Africans are designing a yacht to beat his Gypsy Moth
IV at her own game.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 02 24 press 712

1985. “Blind Boatman Geoff Optimistic About Yacht Race”. Straws, the smallest boat in this year’s Wilbur Ellis da Gama race between Durban and East London, was built by one of its crew members: Mr Geoff Hilton-Barber – who is blind.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 02 24 322 35

1985. “Seven Girls with Eyes on Yacht Race”. An all-women yacht crew of seven have their sights on a chance to compete in a prestigious race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1985 02 24 354

1991. “Bertie, John ‘Near to Blows Over Coffee’”. The battle over cups of coffee between Bertie Reed and John Martin aboard Grinaker has been ended: nobody is getting any.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1991 02 24 402 40

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