On This Day – 27 May. 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.

1968. “Wind Spoils Yacht Racing”. Durban’s deep·sea yachting fleet raced at sea yesterday, but were forced to abandon their race when a mark of the course was carried away by the rough seas.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 05 27 COMBINED572 20

1991. “Ultimate-luxury Yacht Being Built in City Boatyard”. A Cape Town boatbuilding firm has been awarded a multi-million rand contract by an offshore company to build the biggest production yacht in the southern hemisphere.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 05 27 264

1992. “Is this Lone Yachtsman A Looney?”. Since leaving Cape Town in February last year most people have at some stage or another described Ant Steward as mad, and this includes his own parents!
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 27 206

1992. “Capsize Drama in Annual Yacht Race”. High seas and winds gusting up to 40 knots yesterday caused one of the yachts in the annual Algoa Bay Week yacht race to capsize.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 27 209

1992. “Solo Sailor on Last Lap”. ·In a three-way satellite telephone link-up yesterday, around-the-world yachtsman Anthony Steward (27) of Durban and his fiancee Sue Middleton confirmed August 29 as their wedding date.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK: 1992 05 27 768

1993. “Soling At Midmar Made A Magnificent Sight”. The lone Soling, Carina, based at Midmar, was a magnificent sight as she sped on her way to line honours by a wide margin in the Keeler race held on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 05 27 215

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