On This Day – 25 April. 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.

1988. “Voortrekker 1 Arrives in PE En Route to Britain”. Springbok yachtsman Bertie Reed was in·Port Elizabeth harbour this morning supervising the trans-shipment of the famous yacht Voortrekker I, in which he will compete in the Trans-Atlantic Single-handed Race next month. .
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 04 25 707

1990. “Jasco Crosses Equator in the Lead”. The Durban boat Jasco Spirit of St Gerard regained her handicap lead in the Portnet Dias race yesterday, nosing ahead of arch rival Natfish Touchwood.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 25 907

1990. “Sailing Into Stormy Waters”. South Africa’s toughest ocean race – the gruelling 260 nautical mile Wilbur Ellis Da Gama Ocean Challenge from Durban to East London – starts at the Golden Mile tomorrow and organisers have taken safety precautions in an effort to break a jinx which has plagued the race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 25 386 22

1991. “French Skipper Wins Boc in Record Time”. Cristophe Auguin, French skipper of Groupe Sceta, has been confirmed the winner of the BOC Challenge, the 27 000-miles round-the-world yacht race for solo skippers.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 25 406 50_Redacted

1992. “SA’s Olympic Yacht Crew Make Their Presence Felt”. The crew of the Olympic yacht Port Owen, SA’s entry in the Flying Dutchman class at the Barcelona Games, returned home this week after the first phase of their European training programme.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 25 033

1993. “Courageous Kate to Venture Boldly On·high Seas Again”. As if the ordeal of drifting for eight days on a life raft in the Atlantic Ocean was not enough, tenacious sailor Kate Elkington has flown to Rio de Janeiro and will sail back on Fortis, one of the last Cape-to-Rio yachts to return to Cape Town.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 04 25 253

1994. “Tenth Anniversary of Da Gama Disaster”. A lot is going to be written about the Wilbur Ellis da Gama ocean race in the next few weeks as this year’s race, which starts on May 12, is the tenth anniversary of the disastrous “Da Gama drama” when the entire fleet was devastated in 1984, and not one of the racing fleet finished.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 25 453

1997. “The Art of Sailing Close to the Wind”. When you invite crew from the BT Challenge – the world’s toughest yacht race – to enjoy an authentic home-cooked South African meal you feel challenged to produce something a little more tantalising than boerewors rolls and koeksusters.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 04 25 166

2000. “’Old Woman of the Sea’ Gets A New Life in PE”. A 37-year-old yacht, the Sewin, restored to its former glory, has been re-launched at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 04 25 301

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