On This Day – 25 January. 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.

1985. “Eventful Start to Uruguay Race”. So far the most eventful aspect of the 4 500 mile race to Punta del Este has been the first three hours of the race. The biggest spectator fleet ever – well over 300 boats – was on the water to watch the start in a very light westerly, and followed the fleet to the Milnerton buoy into a blustering south-easter.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 25 320 28

1988. “Accolades for Bertie Reed – SA’s Yachting Legend”. Veteran Springbok sailor Bertie Reed was referred to on Saturday night as “this South African yachting legend” when he and his six-man crew collected the top honours in the Clinic Holdings Dias race from Lisbon to the Cape.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 01 25

1992. “SA’s Rich History of Olympic Success”. Now that Olympic sailing·trials are being held in Durban it might be a good time to look at the part played by South African yachtsmen in previous Olympics.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 25 654

1993. “Broomstick Magic!”. Broomstick did what most sailors thought impossible – sail through a high pressure system and get away with it. How did they do it without running out of wind? Meteorology is not an exact science, says Broomstick’s navigator Marcel van Triest. Which means he must have had all the luck on his side.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 25 510

1996. “Up the Creek”. Fate dealt a cruel blow to the Italian yacht Orchidea Seac Banche on Tuesday night when she was robbed of a likely handicap win in the 1996 Rothmans Cape-To-Rio race by a sudden drop in wind.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1996 01 25 833

2005. “Yachties Set to Revive Tradition of Agulhas Race”. Twelve years after the last Agulhas Race was held off the South African coast, the city’s yachting fraternity is preparing itself for the first edition of the Mossel Bay Race, an event that starts tomorrow·and will commemorate the original event.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 01 25 947

2007. “Dekker Moet Hom Bewys Teen Alinghi Se A-Span”. Terwyl die Kaapse seiljagvaarder Jan Dekker gister in Doebai se hitte geveg het vir erkenning as boegman op Alihghi, houer van die America’s Cup, het die vierde en nuutste Alinghi-seiljag Switserland in die sneeu verlaat.
Translation. “Dekker Must Prove Himself Against Alinghi’s A-Team”. As Cape sailor Jan Dekker fought in Dubai’s heat on Tuesday for recognition as bowman on America’s Cup holder Alihghi, the fourth and newest Alinghi yacht left Switzerland in the snow.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 01 25 630

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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 8500 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