On this Day – 25 October. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

1967 10 25 c 1967 10 25 c. 1967 10 25 1990 10 25 393 1993 10 25 204by Richard Crockett

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline.

Today is pretty low-key, but important in that a City of Durban proposal to reclaim land from Durban Bay for the Royal Natal Yacht Club was significant – yet 52 years later absolutely NOTHING along these lines has materialised! And Durban sailing has suffered as a consequence.

There is an ‘Editorial Comment’ on the above matter, and an aerial view of international yachts tied up at the old ‘International Jetty’. Many an old Durban yachtie will remember this jetty.

Bertie Reed, in communication from sea, spoke out in support of Alain Gautier and the penalty he received in the BOC Challenge.

And finally, the all-women crew in the Whitbread Race finished in Uruguay.

1967. “Save Durban’s Bay Businessmen Plead”. Strong opposition to a City Council proposal to offer the Royal Natal Yacht Club a site for a new club house on land reclaimed from Durban Bay was expressed yesterday by two leading businessmen in the city. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 10 25 c

1967. “Window On The Bay”. The Durban Bay fillers-in are at it again – this time with a scheme to reclaim five acres between the Gardiner Street mole and the yacht basin. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 10 25 c.

1990. “Reed Speaks Out in Support of Alain Gautier”. Veteran South African skipper Bertie Reed has come out in support of BOC Challenge line honours winner Alain Gautier, who was given a 16-hour time penalty for arriving late at Newport, Rhode Island, before the start. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 10 25 393

1993. “All-Women US Crew Complete the First Leg”. US yacht ‘Women’s Challenge’, the only entry with an all-woman crew in the Whitbread round-the-world race, became on Saturday the 11th vessel to complete the first leg of the competition. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 10 25 204

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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.

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 have, 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. Rathmines 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 4000 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.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.