On This Day – 26 July. 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. “It’s A Life At Sea After A Life of Law”. On Monday Mr. Justice Caney will lay aside his judge’s robes in the Supreme Court in Pietermaritzburg when he retires at the age of 70 after 14: years on the Natal Bench and nearly half a century in the legal profession.
After that he will, more often than not be found wearing a weather-beaten jacket and faded trousers, sailing one of his two yachts on Durban Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 26 – Pfotenhauer – stitched – 000178

1986. “Savage Bounces Back”. ·Transvaal sailors revelled in the light conditions during the 1986 National Laser slalom championships held off-shore Durban at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 07 26 -000017

1987. “Storm in A Yacht Basin”. Hoist the mainsail! Rattle your cutlass! Shiver your timbers! Durban’s two exclusive yacht club are getting to the point where they could be heading for a right royal showdown.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 07 26 – 000245_Redacted

1991. “The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with A Case of Liquid Gold”. The news of the resuscitation of the Cape-to-Rio yacht race will doubtless be greeted with double gins all round in the inner sanctums of boating in this country.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 26 409 16

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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.

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