On This Day – 29 August. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

Interest in the Lipton Challenge Cup posts in the last week has resulted in a slight change for the next few days. The Lipton Cup news will be headlined under just that event, with all the other news under a “General” heading.

This is a bumper issue – so enjoy revelling in the news from yesteryear.

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.

GENERAL NEWS
1969. “What News of Voortrekker?”. There are committee meetings and general gatherings sufficient to satisfy all the interests of Durban yachtsmen this forthcoming week. They range from the inevitable Rio race preliminaries which still remains a very closed book, to streamlining proposals for the off-shore racing calendar. But first a rather interesting item about Voortrekker’s progress in the British
events.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 29 – Pfotenhauer – 000098

1982. “Salute to Bob Nuttall”. Durban yachtsman’s ashes scattered at sea. Sixteen yachts and two rescue boats gathered off Durban yesterday when the ashes of legendary yachtsman Bob Nuttall were scattered at sea.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1982 08 29 744

2009. “Is 13-too Young for Girl to Sail the Globe Solo?” A 13-year-old Dutch girl who hoped to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world was put under state care for two months yesterday while psychologists assess her capacity to undertake the risky voyage . The ruling came the day after a 17-year-old British boy claimed the record.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2009 08 29 816

LIPTON CUP NEWS
1987. “Twice in A Row for Royal Cape”. The Royal Cape Yacht Club has successfully retained South Africa’s premier yacht racing trophy, the Lipton Cup, with consistent racing through a wide spectrum of winds in Table Bay this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 29 – 000285

1987. “Sweet Win for Joko”. The Lipton Tea Challenge, SA’s grand prix sailing extravaganza, was recaptured by the Royal Cape Yacht Club in a tactical dance choreographed by Etienne van Cuyck, skipper of Joko II.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 29 – 000290

1992. “Grumblings Over Lipton Result”. Zeekoevlei are the holders of the Joko Lipton Cup after the final and deciding race was abandoned yesterday because of lack of wind.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 29 425 59

1996. “Lipton Sailors Face New Enemy”. Kelp, plastic bags and garbage could present a hidden danger to the Lipton Cup fleet on Sunday when it launches into a Table Bay saturated by the City Bowl’s trash during heavy storms of late.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 29 367

2007. “Brothers Sail Into Lipton Lead”. Zeekoevlei are sitting pretty level pegging with Royal Natal.
In the battle between the young and the old guard at the Lipton Cup regatta in Table Bay yesterday, the youngsters prevailed in fine style.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 08 29 648

2007. “Zeekoevlei Take Lipton Lead As Young Bloods Win the Day”. In a race with light winds but big wind-shifts, Zeekoevlei Yacht Club co-skippers Paul and Graeme Willcox and crew put in a masterly performance yesterday to move to the top of the Lipton Challenge Cup leader board in a race they led from start to finish.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 08 29 649

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 18 000 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