On This Day – 27 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
1968. “Famous Yacht Supplies Prize”. Voortrekker, the yacht which Bruce Dalling sailed into second place in the recent transatlantic single-handed race, supplies the prize for the Spearhead championship at the Transvaal Yacht Club next week-end.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 08 27 010

1969. “Barely Made it”. Nudists donned their clothes and climbed down a cliff in stormy weather to help a stranded yachtsman.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 27 – Pfotenhauer – 000019

1990. “Martin and Reed Whip World’s Top Yachtsmen”. ·South Africa’s two top international yachtsmen, John Martin and the veteran Bertie Reed, have again beaten the world’s best transocean sailors.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 08 27 – 000339

2005. “Shosholoza in Stunning Win Over Swedes”. After Thursday’s improved performances in the Louis Vuitton Act 5 qualifying race for next year’s America’s Cup, Team Shosholoza finally realised its potential with a victory in yesterday’s Act 6 at Malmo in Sweden.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 08 27 622

LIPTON CUP NEWS
1988. “Zeekoevlei Take the Lipton Cup”. Zeekoevlei Yacht Club have won the Lipton Challenge Cup.
In a nail-biting finish, “SX Stainless Steel” skippered by Chris King, finished fifth in the final sixth-round sailed in light five to eight knot variable westerly winds in Table Bay yesterday, securing overall victory with 141.25 points.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 27 940

1990. “Stainless Steel the Toughest Yacht”. Zeekoevlei Yacht Club’s SX Stainless Steel; skippered jointly by Chris King and Rick Nankin have won the 1990 Joko Lipton Challenge Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 08 27 390 21

1992. “Lipton Cup Almost Certain to Stay in Cape”. In a three-way fight to the death, Cape Town’s leading yacht clubs are separated by only 0,75 points in their battle for the Joko Lipton Cup off Hout Bay after Zeekoevlei triumphed in the third race yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 27 425 49

1993. “King’s Crack Team Poised”. Only a major disaster in the final race of the 1993 Joko Lipton Challenge Cup regatta could prevent Chris King and his top-class crew on Zeekoevlei’s Frank G Minnitt taking their record-equalling ninth title today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 08 27 111

2001. “Springbok Yachtsman Nankin Leads Pack Home”. Springbok yachtsman Rick Nankin showed his supremacy yesterday, the first day of the 2001 Lipton Challenge Cup regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 08 27 549

2008. “Sadler Flies in to Steer Orion Challenger to Win on Day 3 in Lipton Cup”. Light shifting winds offered tricky sailing conditions in Table Bay yesterday in a race that saw a dramatic turn in the odds for the final outcome, with a win for Royal Natal, while Royal Cape’s Greenlight went plummeting down the leader board after being over the startline, effectively putting themselves out of contention.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 08 27 663

2009. “Greg Davis Extends Lead in Lipton Cup Regatta”. Dynamic sailing in the third race of the 2009 Eden Island Lipton Cup yesterday saw Greg Davis extend his lead at the top while a courageous effort from Mark Sadler just kept him in second place overall.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2009 08 27 819

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