On This Day – 26 May. 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.

1987. “Learning to Sail with Style”. When port is not just a drink and sheets not things you sleep between – you must be learning to sail.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 05 26 516

1992. “PE Gale Keeps Yachtsmen Landbound”. A westerly gale scuttled the second day of the Algoa Bay Week yacht races yesterday, postponing race events until tomorrow.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 26 205_Redacted

1993. “Ian Keel-hauled As Rob Takes the Crown”. Controversy surrounds the J22 national championships which finished off Durban this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 05 26 211

1997. “Local Lass Gets Nod for Whitbread Yacht Race”. The fully crewed Whitbread Round-the-World race starts in September, with one of the stopovers being Cape Town which has been reinstated after being taken off the route some years ago for political reasons.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 05 26 435

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