On This Day – 26 August. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

Interest in the Lipton Challenge Cup posts in the last week has resulted in a slight change for the next few days. The Lipton Cup news will be headlined under just that event, with all the other news under a “General” heading.

This is a bumper issue – so enjoy revelling in the news from yesteryear.

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.

GENERAL NEWS
1992. “Sailor Fears ‘Mundane’ Lifestyle”. Single-handed sailor Anthony Steward who plans to sail round Cape Horn in the smallest boat on record once he has completed his epic round-the-world voyage, has one big fear in life – that of having to settle down to a “mundane nine-to-five existence”.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 26 098

1992. “Bertie Reed Honoured by Council”. Yachtsman Bertie Reed has become the eighth person to sign the Civic Honours Book of the City of Cape Town – an honour given in recognition of public service.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 26 425 40

1992. “Cat’ in Search of Line Honours”. ·A radical 15m catamaran is currently being built in Cape Town with the sole purpose of achieving a record-breaking line honours victory in the 1993 Rothmans Cape-to-Rio race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 26 425 44

1995. “Dalldorf Wins Yachtsman of the Year”. Without a doubt, the most popular award at the East London Yacht Club prize-giving dinner went to Derek Dalldorf.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 26 253

LIPTON CUP NEWS
1987. “Leaders Pull Clear in the Challenge”. The light conditions which marked yesterday’s second round of the Lipton Tea Challenge yachting grand prix in Table Bay served to space out the 23-boat fleet – widening the gap between the leaders and tail-enders in the points series.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 26 526

1987. “Cape Yachts Lead the Field in Lipton Cup”. Zeekoevlei Yacht Club’s entry in the Lipton Cup has moved to the top of the points table with a well-planned race which netted them first place in the second leg of the Challenge in Table Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 26 – 000286_Redacted

1989. “Nankin and King Win Lipton Cup”. Hout Bay Yacht club entry Judron won the last of the six races in the R400 000 Joko Lipton Cup series off Cape Town yesterday, to become the only boat to win three races.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 26 041

1990. “Zeekoevlei Look Set to Win Lipton Cup”. Mazda, sailed superbly by Stuart Hegerstrom for Durban’s Point Yacht Club, yesterday won the fifth race of the Joko Lipton Challenge Cup. In an exciting finish they crossed the line three seconds ahead of SX Stainless Steel.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 08 26 390 22

1992. “Change of Wind Catches Race Leaders by Surprise”. Flukey winds made for a surprise shuffle of positions on the second day of racing in the Joko Lipton Challenge Cup regatta off Hout Bay yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 26 425 52

1993. “Chris Looks Set to Be Crowned King Again”. Zeekoevlei powered through to win the third day of racing in the Joko Lipton challenge cup regatta with a safe margin of almost two minutes, putting themselves on top overall.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 08 26 109

1997. “Schoolboys Compete in Lipton Regatta”. To compete against the cream of South African sailors in the Lipton Cup is an accomplishment in itself. To convince your headmaster to set new exam papers and postpone your matric exams so you can sail is another matter altogether.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 08 26 398

2008. “Cape Sailors Fasten Their Grip A Little Tighter on Lipton Trophy”. In a big swell and tough, freezing conditions, Cape sailors fastened their grip on the ornate Lipton Challenge trophy just a little tighter yesterday, when defenders Daly’s Insurance scored another first, with Royal Cape entry Greenlight hard on their heels and Royal Natal’s Orion Challenger not far behind with a well-deserved third.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 08 26 666

2009. “Win Puts Defending Champion Davis on Course for A Fourth Lipton Cup”. It was business as usual in the 2009 Eden Island Lipton Cup yesterday, with favourite and defending champion Greg Davis taking first place and continuing his charge for a fourth consecutive title.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2009 08 26 699

2010. “Orion Flies the Flag for KZN”. BALMY sunny weather in the Cape winter does not bode well for sailors. A windless haze hung over Table Bay until well past noon yesterday as·the kicked their heels ashore before setting out in the hope of a race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2010 08 26 681

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