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

by Richard Crockett

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline.

1970. “A Dream About to Come True”. On my mother’s side my grandfather and great grand-father were newspapermen whilst my father’s forebears, one and all, were farmers. This may explain my deep love of the sea and my natural instinct for messing about in boats! I was messing about in a boat one day this week when everybody else was sweating at his office desk. And it was a lot pleasanter.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 11 27 335_Redacted

1970. “Citizens of Eshowe Send Scroll to Rio”. At a civic reception in Eshowe tonight the Mayor, Mr. George Lusted, will present crew members of the Cape to Rio yacht Eshowe with a scroll for delivery to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro bearing a goodwill message from the people of Eshowe.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 11 27 337_Redacted

1970. “A Garden Hedge First – and Then Rio”. Three Bears (formerly Skyliner), Mr. Des Dinnegan’s entry in the Cape to Rio yacht race early next year, is due to leave Mandini on a low loader on December 15 for the Durban yacht basin.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 11 27 339

1985. “Mist Makes it Difficult for Hobies”. Twenty Hobies, in all classes, entered the sixth regatta in the Snoekies Oceana Hout Bay Club point series on Sunday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 11 27 811

1986. “Blaine Dodds Keeps the National Title”. Last weekend saw 25 Hobie 18s vying for the national title at Brandvlei Dam in Worcester. Included in the entry were four boats from the Transvaal and two from the Eastern Cape.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 11 27 634

1987. “Right On Course”. An epic journey, now a rich source of sentiment, is being re-enacted to celebrate the anniversary of Bartholomew Dias’ discovery of SA. A replica of the caravel that brought him to the Cape of Storms has already left Lisbon for this country and one can only hope that the frail-looking craft does not meet with natural disasters or a lowering oil tanker.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 11 27 6

1992. “Champion, Far From the Sea”. The fact that the sea is almost 600 km away, does not prevent a true champion from achieving the highest sailing standards.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 11 27 222

1992. “Rescuers Find Body As Round-the-world Race is Hit by Tragedy”. Divers yesterday recovered the body of British yachtsman Nigel Burgess, who went missing during the Globe Challenge single-handed, round-the-world race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 11 27 430 38

1995. “UCT Student Wins Rio Race Berth”. The winner of the Cape Times
Essay Competition is Thomas Cousins, 18, of Woodstock. He will sail with yachtsman Colin Kenny on board the Manx in January in the Rothmans Cape-to-Rio Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 11 27 418

2003. “Skippers All Set for Shorthanded Race”. The first shorthanded race in 14 years sets sail from Hout Bay to St Helena on Saturday November 29.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2003 11 27 611

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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.

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 have, 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. Rathmines 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 4000 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.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.