On This Day – 29 April. 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.

1968. “Voortrekker Trip Was Even Faster”. South Africa’s entry for the solo transatlantic race, Voortrekker, made the voyage from Cape Town to Plymouth in 43 ½ sailing days, not 45 ½ days as her skipper, Bruce Dalling, announced when the ketch arrived here on Friday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 29 161

1985. “Surprise End to Yacht Race”. There was a surprise ending to the Wilbur Ellis Da Gama Yacht Race on Saturday when three slower cruising yachts made their way into East London way ahead of the racing yachts.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 04 29 322 36

1998. “Comrades First for Yachtsman”. It’s a long way to sail from Australia to South Africa, but for Aussie yachtsman Steve Theodore the hardest bit of his round-the-world journey has yet to come.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 04 29 709_Redacted

1990. “Overall Win for Windrush”. The Durban L34 class yacht Windrush is the overall winner of the 1990 Wilbur Ellis Da Gama race from Durban to East London.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 29 386 35

1992. “1971 Rio Race Sailed Again – with Party”. The yachts that sailed in the first Cape-to-Rio race 21 years ago may have been slower and less sophisticated than today’s racing machines, but their crews were as strong and enthusiastic as ever.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 29 045

1993. EL Skipper Returns Home”. An East London yacht, Miscky, which participated in the Cape-to-Rio race earlier this year, arrived back in the city yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 04 29 248

1995. “Terror and Discomfort Aboard Da Gama Favourite”. Like most of the annual 240-mile Wilbur Ellis Da Gama yacht races from Durban to East London, the predicted weather conditions started out badly and progressed well past the shocking mark as the race continued.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 29 527

2010. “A Darwin Sails Back Into Cape Town After 178 Years”. A descendant has undertaken the same around-the-world journey as Charles Darwin 178 years ago, to mark his 200th birthday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2010 04 29 733

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