On This Day – 25 July. 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. “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

1988. “EL Yacht Prepares for Lipton Cup”. ·The East London Yacht Club (ELYC) entry for this year’s Lipton Challenge Cup in Cape Town, Elmarie, was taken out of the water yesterday to undergo preparations for the race next month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 07 25 936_Redacted

1988. “Sponsors of All the Girls”. French Connection, a Cape-based manufacturer of high-fashion clothing for the younger market, will sponsor the only all-girl team participating in one of the most prestigious events on the yachting calendar – the 1988 Lipton Challenge Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 07 25 937_Redacted

1992. “Solo Yachtsman Calls in – After Two Weeks’ Silence”. Contact has been made with harbour officials in the Comores by Mr Anthony Steward – who is attempting a round the world solo yacht trip in an open boat – after two weeks of silence.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 25 187

2005. “SA’s Leading Yachtsmen Launch Optimistic Challenge”. Port Elizabeth is once again well represented at the 2005 Optimist World Championships that officially get under way today in Switzerland.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 07 25 998

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