On This Day – 28 March. 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. “Hobie Reputation Suffers in the Algoa Bay Crossing”. The prediction last week that those who chose the correct route from the Bell Buoy to Bluewater Bay would be among the front runners came true, and a number of reputations were dented when the Hobie fleet crossed Algoa Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 03 28 458

1985. “No SA Boat in Whitbread”. There is no official South African entry in the Whitbread Round-the-World race – and that’s official.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 03 28 638

1991. “Single-handed Yachtsman Sets Off on Third Leg”. Lone single-handed yachtsman Anthony Steward, attempting to be the first person to circumnavigate the world in an open boat, begins one of his longest legs today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 28 085

1992. “Sailors Leave for Munich”. Transvaal’s Dave Kitchen, and his Royal Cape Yacht Club partner Dave Hudson, have left for Munich to pick up the boat they will use in the Barcelona Olympics.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 03 28 278

2004. “Ready To·Race Against the Best”. Yachtsmen leaning far out over the gun, wales of their sailing dinghies to get the best performance out of their small craft may not be an uncommon sight at the Simon’s Town naval base. But when the skippers are only 12 it makes for some interesting sailing and watching.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 03 28 754

2011. “2nd Yacht Crippled by Heavy Storms”. A second yacht returning from the Heineken Cape to Rio race ran into trouble and had to be assisted in making it home.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2011 03 28 801

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