On This Day – 28 January. 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.

1985. “ Leading Yachts ‘Take The Corner’ At Speed”. In a burst of speed the two maxis leading the fleet, Apple Macintosh and Momentum Life, “took the corner” of the 4 500-mile South Atlantic Race at the weekend and were already more than 300 miles south-west of llha da Trindade at noon yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 28 320 7

1987. “Conner is Desperate to Avenge His 1993 Defeat”. Down by the docks, day after day, Stars and Stripes skipper Dennis Conner works to overcome a black mark on his America’s Cup record.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 01 28 498

1988. “City Skipper Expects A Tough Race in ‘Agulhas’”. Cape Town yachtsman Tony Abbott, winner of the 1987 Anglo-Alpha Agulhas Race, promises the rest of the fleet a tough contest again this year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 01 28 712_Redacted

1989. “Dual Race Will See Big Duel Between Old Rivals”. The duel between Rothmans Week foes Allied Bank Voortrekker II and Thunderchild could be one of the highlights of the gruelling Anglo-Alpha Agulhas yacht race to Mossel Bay this weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 01 28 084

1992. “Barcelona in Sight·for Savage”.  The road to Barcelona is not an easy one, but if anyone can book their tickets it is Durban yachtsmen Ian Ainslie and Bruce Savage.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 28 630

1993. “Wily Weatherman Plots Windy Course to Give Morning Glory the Lead”. The superfast IMS 50-footer Morning Glory has taken the handicap lead in the 1993 Rothmans Cape to Rio yacht race after averaging 10,8 knots overnight – 2,2 knots more than required for her to take the lead.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 28 528

1994. “Nine Yachts to Sail in the 1994 Coastal Adventure Cruise to Luderitz”. Nine yachts have so far entered for the annual 1994 Coastal Adventure cruise from Walvis Bay down to Luderitz and back next month. The yachts will leave from the Walvis Bay Yacht Club on Friday the 4th of February and are expected back in Walvis Bay on Thursday the 17th of February.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 01 28 564

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 8500 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