On This Day – 25 August. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

9 General News reports today – and 13 Lipton Cup reports!

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. “Sprogs Still Top Popularity List”. Figures just released by the South African Yacht Racing Association show that more than 1,000 racing craft hold measurement certificates with the association.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 08 25 – Pfotenhauer – 000109

1970. “Mercury’s Powerhouse Takes Shape in A City Sail Loft”. Row after row of triple-stitched seams fall from the sailmakers machine as the Mercury’s mainsail takes shape in a Durban sail loft. The 80.84 sq m (882 sq ft) of snowy white imported American cloth will push Natal’s 13m (42ft) ocean racing yacht for 3 600 miles across the South Atlantic in her racing debut – the Cape to Rio race in January next year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 08 25 556

1971. “Admiral’s Praise”. ·Complimentary letter in the post yesterday morning about our team in the Admiral’s Cup series. Enough to make their ears glow at the pleasant remarks people have been passing . . . even Mr Heath.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1971 08 25 – Thirsty Bertie – 000047

1986. “Yachtsmen Ready Themselves for Race”. South ·Africa’s contenders in the gruelling BOC challenge Round the World solo yacht race are preparing their boats for final inspection to ensure they qualify for the start at Newport, Rhode Island, next weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 08 25 078 2

1986. “Aspeling the Hero”. Twelve-year-old Stefan Aspeling was the hero of a five-member South African junior yachting team who flew in to Jan Smuts Airport on Saturday night from the American city of Annapolis in Maryland.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 08 25 – 000061

1989. “We’re Going to Prove Who’s the Boss, Says ‘Fun’ Skipper Clarence”. There are only two yachts in it for line honours as far as Get More Fun skipper Terry Clarence of Durban is concerned – his boat and The Boss, skippered by Geoff Meek of Cape Town.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 25 034

1989. “Cape Yacht Swamped by Rogue Wave”. One of the most fancied boats in the Crystic Beachcomber Crossing, the Cape Town-based 15-metre Thunderchild was swamped by a massive rogue wave and her crew almost washed overboard while sailing for Mauritius this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 25 376 18

1990. “Enough to Take Wind Out of Most Sails”. In three weeks time, the most expensive sailing fleet ever assembled, crewed by some of the world’s finest yachtsmen, will set out from Newport, Rhode Island, on a 26 000-mile return trip – the Round the World Alone BOC Challenge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 08 25 115

1994. “Malcolm and Simon Make Waves in World Yachting”. Two young southern suburbs yachtsmen have taken the international sailing scene by storm, winning second place in the 470 Olympic class at the world championships in La Rochelle, France.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 08 25 231

LIPTON CUP NEWS
1987. “Joe Tacks Well Towards Big Prize”. The youngest team in this year’s Lipton Cup Challenge sailed away with the first leg of the week long regatta in Table Bay yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 25 524

1987. Yachtsmen Find this Just Their Cup of Tea”. South Africa’s most prestigious yachting event, the Lipton Cup Challenge started yesterday from Table Bay where the country’ top yachtsmen will be competing to take this coveted trophy home.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 25 – 000280

1988. “Educated Sailing in Lipton Light Airs”. Consistency is what will win Zeekoevlei Yacht Club’s SX Stainless Steel the Lipton Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 25 10

1988. “Wits Win the ‘Varsity Battle’”. It was the battle of the universities in the fourth round of the Lipton Cup held in Table Bay yesterday with the Witwatersrand University Yacht Club’s ” Diners Club” taking line honours from the UCT Yacht Club’s boat, “Hollard Carguard ” .
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 25 15

1989. “Provoyeur Makes A Winning Cup Start”. Worcester Yacht Club’s Joko took the gun in the Joko Lipton Challenge Cup in Table Bay yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 25 – 000034

1992. “Foul Weather Puts the Lid on Lipton Cup”. For the first time in 40 years the Cape’s notorious weather has forced the organisers of a Joko Lipton Challenge Cup regatta to cancel a race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 25 425 42

1993. Zeekoevlei Piling on the Pressure”. The tables are turning at Langebaan in the battle for the R500 000 Sir Thomas Lipton Cup and reigning champions Zeekoevlei are starting to produce the ruthless domination which has carried them to four victories in the last five years.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 08 25 114

1995. “Zeekoevlei May Be Down, But They’re Not Out Yet”. Tired yachtsman-of-the-year, Chris King, is suffering from burnout on the eve of Zeekoevlei’s record breaking bid to win the Joko Lipton Cup for an unprecedented seventh time.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 25 267

1997. “Durban Sailors Fail to Meet Lipton Challenge”. South Africa’s only national inter-club event, the Lipton Cup, started in Gordon’s Bay yesterday with exceptionally poor representation by Durban Clubs.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 08 25 405

1999. “Orion Bounces Back to Win on Line in Thrilling Finish”. There was a thrilling finish to the second race of the Lipton Cup in Algoa Bay yesterday, with less than half a boat length separating the top two yachts at the line.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 08 25 477

2005. “SA’s Oldest Regatta Sails Into Trouble”. The future of the Lipton Cup, South Africa’s longest-running annual keelboat regatta, is at stake when the main sponsor withdraws its support after this year’s event.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 08 25 626

2008. “First Four Places Go to Cape Yachts on Day One of Lipton Cup”. Defending champions Daly’s Insurance led the 32-boat strong fleet from start to finish on a sunny Table Bay in the first race of the centennial edition of the Lipton Challenge Cup, which it has won for the past two years.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 08 25 669

2010. “Epic Day for Point Yacht Club”. The young team from Durban’s Point Yacht Club had an epic day out on the water yesterday, snapping their main halyard on day three of the Lipton Challenge Cup in Cape Town, forcing them to capsize their L26 yacht.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2010 08 25 683

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