On This Day – 27 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

1985 01 27 320 88 1987 01 27 44 1987 01 27 46 1992 01 27 553 1993 01 27 522by 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.

1985. “Our Boat Still Strong in Uruguay Sea Race”. After two weeks at sea “Paper Pack Voortrekker II”, skippered by Lieut-Commander John Martin and sponsored by the Sunday Times, is still clinging tenaciously to the front-running maxis in the 1985 Cape to Uruguay yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 27 320 88

1990. “Kookaburra III Will Race Conner”. Kookaburra III, winner of the Australian defence trials, was selected yesterday over stablemate Kookaburra II to defend the America’s Cup against skipper Dennis Conner and Stars and Stripes.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 01 27 44

1987. “Martin and Reed Struck by Trouble”. Both South Africans in the BOC round-the-world race, John Martin and Bertie Reed, were in trouble south-east of New Zealand yesterday, and falling back from their previous positions.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 01 27 46

1992. “Durban in Strong Lead for Olympics”. Durban took a strong lead in the Olympic Selection regatta this weekend after wins in both the Finn and Soling classes on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 27 553

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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 8500 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