On This Day – 28 August. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

Interest in the Lipton Challenge Cup posts in the last week has resulted in a slight change for the next few days. The Lipton Cup news will be headlined under just that event, with all the other news under a “General” heading.

This is a bumper issue – so enjoy revelling in the news from yesteryear.

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.

GENERAL NEWS
1969. “They Found Island Paradise”. The luxury, 38-ton Italian built cruising yacht, Magadisean, sailed into the Durban yacht basin on Tuesday after completing an extensive six months cruise around Madagascar, the Comores, and the coast of Mozambique.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 28 – Pfotenhauer – 000067

1993. “Top Sailors Change Course”. Some of the top yachtsmen involved in this year’s Joko Lipton Challenge Cup regatta off Langebaan are not even racing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 08 28 100_Redacted

1994. “It’s Plain Sailing for MK Recruits in Navy”. ·The integration of the new South African Navy is going swimmingly, according to officers and new recruits at SAS Saldanha training base.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 08 28 237

2005. “Shosholoza Scores A Win At Malmo”. South Africa’s Shosholoza made history on Friday by winning her first race in an America’s Cup qualifying event. Her maiden bid for the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy is even more momentous because she is the first entry from the African continent to win a race in an America’s Cup qualifying event.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 08 28 618

LIPTON CUP NEWS
1987. “Ecstatic Bolanders Move to Within Four Points of the Race Leaders”. Positions in the Lipton Cup Challenge are changing as rapidly as the winds in Table Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 28 527

1992. “Walvis Excels in Prestigious Yacht Race”. Flukey wind shifts made for a surprise shuffle of positions at the finish of the second day of racing in the Joko Lipton Challenge Cup regatta off Hout Bay on Tuesday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 28 212_Redacted

1992. “King Yacht in Regatta Collision”. Cut throat tactical manoeuvring characterised the two races of the Joko Lipton yacht challenge cup regatta off Hout Bay yesterday, with Zeekoe Vlei’s Frank G. Minnitt only just grabbing an overall lead of 0,75 points from defending champions, Hout Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 28 425 51

1993. “Champagne for Zeekoevlei Yacht”. Champagne flowed for the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club crew on Frank G. Minnitt off Langebaan yesterday as they clinched their fifth consecutive race in the regatta to win the 1993 Joko Lipton Challenge Cup title.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 08 28 098

1993. “King At Helm of Another Lipton Win”. Zeekoevlei are the 1993 Lipton Cup winners – for the fifth time in six years.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 08 28 103

1995. “Royal Cape Make Perfect Start”. Royal Cape were fast emerging as the yacht club to beat in the Lipton Cup yesterday when they celebrated a perfect start in their quest to win the R250 000 Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy with their second victory on MBS Challenger.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 28 250

1996. “EL Skipper Off for Lipton Cup”. Local skipper John Sheppard leaves for Cape Town today to prepare for this year’s Lipton Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 28 364

1996. “Meek to Sail Lipton Regatta”. One of South Africa’s most accomplished skippers Geoff Meek has caused waves in the yachting world by announcing his participation in this year’s Lipton Cup regatta starting in Table Bay on Sunday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 28 365

2008. “Royal Cape Have the Edge with Boat Speed”. On a sunny day in Table Bay, Royal Cape Yacht Club’s Greenlight sailed a near perfect race, using their excellent boat speed to lead the fleet from start to finish, and were a clear minute ahead at the windward mark on the first leg-and looked almost uncatchable.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 08 28 661

2011. “Durban Sailors Dig in”. Day three of the 2011 Lipton Cup Challenge saw teams on the water early.
From the start of racing, it was a tight battle up front, with Rob Archibald sailing Redhouse Yacht Club’s Orion first at the top mark, followed by Luke Wagner on PYC’s Element and·Ricky Robinson on RNYC’s Orion B2G2. Not far off the pace was defending champion Greg Davis on Knysna Yacht Club’s Colorpress.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2011 08 28 231

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 18 000 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