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

by Richard Crockett

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline.

1970. “Tax Compels Yachtsmen to Seek Sponsors”. The Government sales tax on imported racing yachts was forcing yachtsmen to find sponsors for their vessels and had led to an inevitable amount of commercialism and advertising, Durban yachtsmen said last night.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 11 26 334_Redacted

1970. “He has the edge in Rio Race”. A Durban man probably has the best chance of winning the Cape to Rio yacht race – merely because he is the only navigator in the event to have covered the entire course recently.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 11 26 336_Redacted

1970. “Crews Will Give Weather Data”. Apart from meeting the challenge of one of the most ambitious trans-ocean races ever held, the skippers and crews of the 60-plus yachts in the Cape-to-Rio contest will contribute valuable information needed in the scientific study of the weather systems of the South Atlantic.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 11 26 340_Redacted

1970. “Yacht to Carry Trade Emblem”. The Durban ocean racing yacht, Three Bears, will definitely carry a trade emblem on her sail in the Cape to Rio race, unless the race committee reverses its recent decision.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 11 26 343

1992. “A Big Chance for Greg Davis”. Yachtsmen of the Year Greg Davis – yet to win a regatta this year – is out to reverse his fortunes in Rothmans Week next month when he will skipper a brand new Australian yacht from the stable of the world’s top designer.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 11 26 430 41

1995. “Trimmed and Set to Ride Olympic Wave of Success”. Sailing small single-man Finns in the Olympics is very different from those big yachts which, with their mechanical winches, require very little strain.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 11 26 250

1995. “At Home on the High Seas”. Single women sigh and silver-haired sea dogs groan with envy when they hear of Ginette Roper’s good fortune.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 11 26 426

1998. “Solo Yachtsman Visits PE”. “People need to be encouraged” is the inspirational force behind South African yachtsman and motivational speaker Neal Peterson, who had to overcome numerous obstacles to achieve his dreams.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 11 26 817

1999. “Sailing by Dale Granger”. The Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) is hosting a party. Tonight Dave Elcock stars in the role of Jim Morrison, Eric Wells will be gyrating to the rhythm of the Doors and Hanno Teuteberg, he of naval notoriety, contemplating the merits of a draft dodge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 11 26 503

2003. “Survivor of PE Yacht Disaster Ready for the High Seas Again”. Seventy -four-year-old German adventurer Heinz Schwab, who last year narrowly escaped death after his yacht capsized in strong ocean currents, is at it again.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2003 11 26 609

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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.

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 have, 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. Rathmines 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 4000 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.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.