On This Day – 24 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.

1990. “The World Changed, But the Waves Kept Piling High”. When 24 yachts set off on the Whitbread Round the World Race, the Berlin Wall still separated East from West, Nicolae Ceausescu controlled Romania and Nelson Mandela was behind bars.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 24 144

1992. “Durban Dinghy Crew Are World Champs – Now for the Olympics”. History was made this week when two Durban yachtsmen became the first South Africans. ever to win a single-hull world dinghy championship.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 24 202

1997. “Preparations for NCS Gather Momentum”. Preparations among the sailors for the NCS Regatta are starting to gain momentum, shown by the gradual increase in the number of keelboats joining in the Sunday racing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 05 24 434

1999. “Neal and Other Tail-end Charlies Are Real Heroes”. One may as well say that bar the shouting, the 1998/ 99 Around Alone is over.
By the time you read this, Cape Town’s Neal Petersen will probably have crossed the line in Charleston, South Carolina, and the last finishers won’t be far behind.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 05 24 525

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