On This Day – 28 May. 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.

1987. “Keelboats Take on the Hobies”. The Royal Cape Yacht Club in conjunction with the Hout Bay Yacht Club have put together an interesting and exciting regatta over the coming long weekend – including a keelboats versus Hobies race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 05 28 13

1990. Durban’s First Dias Winner ‘Just Coasted In’”. Durban sailing instructor Jerry Harrison wanted to visit his parents in Southampton so much that he entered his yacht in the gruelling 7 000 sea mile Portnet Dias race – ‘as a useful means of getting there’ – and made history.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 28 387 20

1990. “Catamarans Strike Snags Off Durban”. Two people were rescued from their yacht after it overturned during a Durban regatta and another yachtsman narrowly missed serious injury when his boat was sliced in half at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 28 388 2

1993. “Oil Spill Damage Angers Sailors”. Angry Royal Cape Yacht Club yachtsmen are demanding a massive clean-up in Table Bay after one of the worst ever oil spills caused hundreds of thousands of rands worth of damage to their yachts.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 05 28 220

1999. “Ships Ahoy!”. The Durban Radio Boat Club will hold an open day on Sunday, 6 June, in an attempt to encourage people to Join their ranks and enjoy the art of boat making and sailing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 05 28 537

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