On This Day – 25 May. 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.

1968. “Five Lipton Cup Races At Cape”. The Lipton Cup contest – South Africa’s premier keel boat yacht race – is to be held in Table Bay from June 6 to June 12 this year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 05 25 COMBINED572 19

1992. “Alec Mik Nou Na Good by Spele”. “Nou vir die Olimpiese Spele!” het Alec Lanham-Love, een·van Suid·Afrika se twee nuwe wereldkampioene in seiljagvaart, uitgeroep toe Die Burger telefonies met hom in Wilmington, North Carolina, gesels het.
TRANSLATION: “Alec Aims Now At Good Games”. “Now for the Olympics!” Alec Lanham-Love, one of South Africa’s two new world yachting champions, exclaimed when Die Burger spoke to him by phone in Wilmington, North Carolina.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 25 197

1995. “Petticoats Should Go to the Winners”. I have read with interest the articles on this year’s Da Gama Race, particularly the participation of the yacht Meditech Computers (Marchioness) which I am sure was an unforgettable experience for all on board.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 05 25 513

1999. “Petersen Sails Into History Books As He Finishes Race”. Triumphant South African yachtsman Neal Petersen made history last night when he became the first black sailor to race around the world single-handedly in the tortuous Around Alone race, finishing the 27 000-mile voyage in 193 days on his 40-foot sloop, No Barriers.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 05 25 527

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