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

by Richard Crockett

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline.

1985. “Another Drama for Drum”. Drum, the high-drama boat of ocean racing, is again the centre of a nail-biting situation, with hull repairs taking longer than expected and with a buckled rudder now compounding the maxi yacht’s problems as the restart of the Whitbread Round-the World Race draws near.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 11 28 837

1985. “Full Ahead for the Second Leg”. With less than a week left to the start of the second leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race on December 4, crews have been engaged in activities ranging from sight-seeing on Table Mountain and further afield to major structural alterations to their vessels.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 11 28 839

1989. “Smooth Going for Reed in Spite of Collision”. Springbok sailor Bertie Reed reported by radio late yesterday that the performance of his new ocean racing maxi Grinaker, had not been affected by damage caused when the boat was accidentally rammed from astern by a French yacht in the Bay of Biscay on Sunday night.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 11 28 380 6_Redacted

1990. “Mini Yacht Reaches Durban”. Former Durban shipwright Ray Cruickshank, 62, sailed into Durban harbour on Monday in a tiny 4,4 metre yacht after a 6 000 mile crossing from Australia which he said was safer than “driving to Johannesburg”..
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 11 28 394 16

1992. “Others Did it Before Anthony”. With reference to the television news and the Herald of November 24, I do not think it is correct saying that Anthony Steward is the first person to circumnavigate the world singlehanded. There were others before him..
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 11 28 435 21

1996. “New Harbour for Cape St Francis”. A new harbour is being built at Cape St Francis in the Eastern Cape which will be a major boost for commercial fishing, property development and tourism in the region..
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 11 28 566

2005. “Fleet Sets Out on Clipper Way”. The magnificent 10-strong Clipper 68 fleet were given a five star send-off from Durban yesterday on their way to Fremantle, Western Australia.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 11 28 605

2005. “Emotional Farewell for Yachts”. The clouds parted for about two glorious hours yesterday; exposing blue skies and sunshine as the 10 yachts taking part in the Clipper 05/ 06 Round the World Yacht Race left Durban, leaving behind thousands of well-wishers who waved and cheered as they sailed off.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 11 28 832

2006. “Tutu Sings Praises of Shosholoza”. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu received an early Christmas present, when Team Shosholoza, SA’s first challenger for the 155-year-old America’s Cup, paid a visit to his Cape Town offices to present him with a framed miniature version of the yacht.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 11 28 546

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.

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 have, 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. Rathmines 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 4000 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.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.