On This Day – 25 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.

1986. “Leak Threatens Yacht on Fourth Day of Solo Race”. Bertie Reed in Seaboard Energy, one of the four entrants in the South Star solo race to St Helena and back, has reported a leak which would fill the boat in two hours without regular pumping.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 02 25 989

1986. “Solo Sailor Tony Gets Stuck At the Top ”. ·Tony Abbott, skipper of Moonshine in the Stannic South Star solo yacht race, was trapped at the top of his mast for nearly two hours.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 02 25 990

1986. “Padda Kuttel Takes the Lead on Icy Third Leg of Whitbread Race”. Padda Kuttel in Atlantic Privateer has again taken the lead in the Whitbread round-the-world race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 02 25 991

1987. “Flat Out for Rio As Martin Chases Guy”. South Africa’s John Martin in Tuna Marine Voortrekker II is thankful to be back in warm waters after leaving the Roaring Forties.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 02 25 35

1988. “Ocean Race Promises Much Excitement”. The Sea Harvest Ocean Race from Cape Town to St Helena Bay and Saldanha Bay which starts in Cape Town on March 3 at 7pm is developing into a very exciting race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 02 25 11

1989. “Yeah, Why Not. Let’s Go Win the Southstar!”. The surprise winners who nearly didn’t make the race.
Sitting naked at the tiller in a blistering gale at night, and waging a mental battle with weather patterns every day, are only part of the story of two young men’s victory in a tough yacht race. ·
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 02 25 078

1994. “Facelift·for Historic Motor-Yacht”. A luxury motor-yacht that once belonged to the Lord Mayor of London is in the Port Elizabeth harbour, in the process of being bought by businessman Bill Oddy, 62.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 02 25 882

2004. “Skippers High and Dry in Dispute Over Competency Levels”. Hundreds of members of the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) and other sailing institutions face being turned into temporary landlubbers if they fail tests designed to assess whether they are qualified to put to sea.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 02 25 977

2005. “Belgian Couple Anchor in Algoa Bay While Realising Global Sail Trip”. Belgian couple Gaby and Henry della Faille are visiting Port Elizabeth while on a 10-year world trip.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 02 25 941

2005. “Plain Sailing for Local ‘Yachties’”. This year’s Round The Island yacht race at the Vaal Dam saw more than 400 entries, crewed by 1 500 sailors.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 02 25 182

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