On This Day – 27 February. 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.

1986. “Durban Family Sailing Around Africa”. A family who are attempting to circumnavigate Africa in their Chinese-rigged yacht have stopped in Cape Town.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 02 27 997_Redacted

1990. “Crew of 16 Rescued in Yacht Race”. ·The 16 crew members of the Finnish yacht Martela were rescued in the South Atlantic yesterday after their vessel overturned during the fourth leg of the 53 000-mile Whitbread Round-the-World race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 02 27 384 6

1991. “Chilean Navy Set to Pick Up Martin”. The Chilean navy has been given the go-ahead to take John Martin off Bertie Reed’s Grinaker tomorrow – ending more than a week of frustration for the solo sailor whose Allied Bank struck a chunk of ice and was scuttled in the Southern Ocean.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 02 27 402 42

1995. “Revolutionary New Race the Ultimate Test”. A revolutionary new around-the-world yacht race which is taking world sailing by storm has been announced by one of the world’s top ocean racers, with Cape Town featuring as a stop off port late next year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 02 27 398

1998. “Local·woman Sails in Dubai”. Victoria Lake Club (VLC) yachtswoman Shellee Potts will lead her team of intrepid sailors at the upcoming ISAF World Sailing Championships, to be held in Dubai, in March.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 02 27 922

1999. “All Eyes on Q’town for 3rd GP Regatta”. The focus in sailing this week shifts to Queenstown, where Queenstown Power and Yacht Club will be hosting the Border Sailing Association’s third Grand Prix series regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 02 27 483

2004. “Cape Yachts in Ambush Marketing Storm”. Two Cape Town yachts are at the centre·of a storm of controversy over the Nelson Mandela Bay Isuzu Week into Regatta in Port Elizabeth.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 02 27 979

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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 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