On This Day – 28 April. 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.

1984. “Storm Nightmare for Yacht Race”. Huge seas and hurricane winds turned the Durban to East London yacht race into a nightmare for the crews, leaving nine boats still unaccounted for and many limping back to Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 04 28 DSC_1760

1988. “Keen Contest Held in Wind and Weed”. Although the weather was very cold and quite miserable at the Imperial Yacht Club when the wind rose to 35 knots last weekend, the annual Laser Masters Championship was a keenly contested regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 04 28 13

1990. “Now, Here’s Headline Material!”. Score a try, hit a hundred, or hurtle around a track in record time and, invariably, you’ll make the headlines. Yet, pit yourself against the sea, beat the best there is or break a record, and you warrant a couple of paragraphs.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 28 159

1990. “Club Mykonos in Commanding Lead”. As the 35-strong fleet competing in the 1990 Wilbur Ellis Da Gama Race from Durban to East London sailed into the darkness last night, the Cape yacht Club Mykonos had established a commanding lead.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 28 386 36

1990. “Yachtsman Defeated by Court Ruling”. The San Diego Yacht Club has now quashed Michael Fay’s America’s Cup Challenge on the water and in the courtroom.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 28 386 32

1992. “Reunion to Celebrate 21 Years of Boat Race”. History will be made at the Royal Cape Yacht Club today when it celebrates the first Cape to Rio race, 21 years ago, with a reunion of about 150 people who sailed in the race or helped to organise it.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 28 040

1995. “Indian Yachtsmen Catch Second Wind”. “Nobody can sail perfectly, it is the guy who makes the least number of mistakes who wins,” says a very laid-back Farokh Tarapore, India’s star yachtsman.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 28 954

2000. “Sailing by Dale Granger”. In the early ’80s a trio of smooth talking and well groomed businessmen began to frequent the Royal Cape Yacht Club in a period that was to mark the most embarrassing chapter in the history of South Africa’s premier sailing establishment.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 04 28 313

2004. “Hobson Brothers to Sail for S Africa in Poland”. Two brothers here will take the sailing world by storm when they jet off to Poland in July to represent South Africa in the equivalent of the Junior Olympics of sailing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 04 28 404_Redacted

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