On This Day – 26 April. 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. “Yachting Bonanza”. A spectacular inter-club yacht race involving over 100 boats will form part of an all-day water sport extravaganza in the Cape Town dock’s Duncan Dock tomorrow as part of the SA Transport Services (SATS) 75th anniversary celebrations.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 04 26 459

1990. “Martin in Plymouth in Record 39 Days”. Springbok solo sailor John Martin has reached Plymouth, England, in a record 39 days.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 26 919

1992. “Officials Play Pirates”. Angry South African yachtsmen who competed in the recent Inhaca Island race say they were threatened and “ripped off’ by corrupt Mozambican officials, and many have vowed never to return to the island.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 26 035

1994. “Kiwi Crew Storm Home in Record Time”. New Zealand yacht Yamaha took the fifth leg of the Whitbread round-the-world race from Uruguay in record-breaking style on Sunday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 26 447_Redacted

1994. “Ferry Sails Off with Trophy”. South Africa’s World Hobie 16 champion, Shaun Ferry, has captured the South African ‘yachtsman of the year’ award – the fifth time the prestigious trophy has been won by a Capetonian sailor in the past eight years.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 26 452

1995. “Provoyeur Set to Maintain Proud Tradition”. Intrepid South African yachtsman J J Provoyeur has just under 1 500 miles left to sail in the BOC Challenge single-handed around-the-world yacht race but has almost become the forgotten man of sailing – courtesy of wretched luck with the weather on the final 7 000-mile stretch and his resultant relegation to fifth position in class 1.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 26 942

2000. “Panado, Our New Sailing Sensation”. Teen sailing star Vuyolwethu Tutani was given a hero’s welcome in Port Elizabeth yesterday after winning a gold medal in the provincial championships near Cape Town at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 04 26 304

2000. “Able Seawomen”. At 360 nautical miles, the Vasco da Gama is the longest yacht race between two South African ports, covering one of the most treacherous stretches of coast in the world. The Cosmo team, with strong Durban connections, sets sail tomorrow on the Ocean Sailing Academy yacht Ocean Standfast – the only all-women crew in the race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 04 26 320

2005. “Shosholoza Team Unveils New Yacht”. After six months of tight security to prevent information leaking out, the famous Shosholoza yachting team now has a new generation boat.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 04 26 677

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