On This Day – 26 January. 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. “Sailing Big Mac”. SAILING on the mighty Apple Macintosh, the SA Challenge Syndicate’s maxi-yacht, is an experience to remember.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 26 425

1990. “Records Could Be Winded”. A FLEET of 14 yachts including some of the fastest on the South African coast, sailed by top skippers, leaves Hout Hay at noon tomorrow at the start of the 1990 AngloAlpha Agulhas race to Mossel Bay, and back to Simon’s Town.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 01 26 383 18

1991. “SA’s Top Yachtsman Puts One Over on Lloyds”. The success of South Africa’s top yachtsman, John Martin, has super insurers, Lloyds of London, gnashing their teeth.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 01 27 401 32

1993. “Kuttel’s Searing Finish Upsets Handicap Race”. Namsea Challenger swept into Rio to scoop up the handicap lead from Broomstick by 56 minutes yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 26 514

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 8500 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