On This Day – 27 March. 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.

1988. “New Generation of Yachtsmen Have High Ideals”. The present state of yachting in South Africa is a healthy and competitive one, according to Sandy Ord, chairman of the SA Yacht Racing Association.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 03 27 5

1990. “Wenners Wou Lankal Seiljag He”. “Moenie met my gekskeer nie,” was die reaksie van mev. Charlene Theunissen van Stellenbosch kort dat sy ingelig is dat sy die wenner van die splintenuwe Hobie Cat-seiljag in Die Burger se vorige Pret-met-Plak-wedstryd is.
TRANSLATION: “Winner Always Wanted a Sailing Yacht”. “Don’t joke with me,” was the response from Mrs. Charlene Theunissen of Stellenbosch when she was informed that she is the winner of the brand new Hobie Cat yacht in Die Burger’s Stick-a-Pick game.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 27 167

2006. “Basta Met Pasta, Se Vaarders Van Sa Na Drama Op Oop See”. Die tenger 19-jarige Terry-Anne Rooza van Milnerton het nie mooi geweet wat dit beteken nie, maar sy het ook ‘n vleismes gegryp en die takelwerk van die sei]jag Gumption begin afsaag.
TRANSLATION:  “There Was Pasta, Said Sailors From SA After Drama on the Open Sea”. Milnerton’s 19-year-old Terry-Anne Rooza didn’t quite know what that meant, but she also grabbed a meat knife and began cutting off the rigging from Gumption.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 03 27 778

2007. “Shosholoza – An African Dream Come True”. Captain Salvatore Sarno believes if you dream big, you will achieve big things,· writes Di Meek.
He’s been described as a mad man. A charismatic visionary who dreams with his eyes wide open. A passionate dynamo, a successful businessman, a hard-nosed negotiator – ambitious, volatile – and, above all, an optimist for whom everything is possible. 4-pages.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 03 27 789

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