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

by Richard Crockett

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

1985. “The Old Man and His Sea”. Eric Tabarly sits at a table in the Royal Cape Yacht Club sipping a glass of water. The monarch of maritime aristocracy appears to be as stern as a rockbound coast, unmoved by the hype, hysteria and glamour that surges around him.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 29 912

1986. “Kiss of Victory for Kiwi Sailor”. New Zealand, the yacht skippered by Chris Dickson, is still providing the America’s Cup thrills.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 29 787

1987. “Walvis Swakop Off-Shore Race”. “The annual J & B Off-Shore yacht race from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund can be seen as the only international event on our calendar – from South Africa over to South West Africa!” The Commodore of the Walvis Bay Yacht Club, Mr .Gunther Kock said on Sunday morning at the prize-giving at the club. The off-shore race on Saturday was hosted by the Walvis Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 12 29 539

1987. “Tactical Tussle Enthralls”. Cape Town yachtsmen are monitoring with keen interest the speed-versus-distance battle now in progress between the leading boats in the Clinic Holdings Dias race – two of them on a direct route to Cape Town from Lisbon and the other two on the traditional tradewind route, close to the South American coast.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 12 29 705

1989. “Lost Yachtsman is Found Unharmed”. French yachtsman Philippe Poupon, who, is leading the Globe Challenge round-the-world yacht race, has been found alive 1 500 nautical miles south west of Cape Town.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 12 29 381 9_Redacted

1995. “Rio Skipper Hopes It’s Not Tickets”. As the 60 entries in the Rothmans Cape-to-Rio race complete their last-minute preparations next Saturday, one of the two woman skippers in the fleet is worried that she might be expelled for not holding a Yachtmaster Offshore skipper’s ticket.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 12 29 665

1995. “Son to ‘Plot’ for Sailor Mother”. Only woman in crew of 13 on Cape to Rio yacht. A 10-year-old Hout Bay schoolboy will plot the 3 600-mile route from Cape Town to Rio for his sailor mother, the only woman in a crew of 13 on Dalys International Insurances, one of the yachts competing in the Rothmans Cape to Rio race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 12 29 910

1996. “My Best Christmas Present”. The British yachtsman who rescued a fellow competitor in a round-the-world race during terrible storms spoke this weekend of his relief at finding him alive.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 12 29 900

1998. “Yachtsmen Feared Dead in Terror on the Seas”. Australian emergency services yesterday plucked six yachtsmen to safety in dramatic life-raft rescues, but six more were feared dead after the most disastrous day in the history of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 12 29 950

1999. “Protest Sunk”. Nokia only Yacht to Win Race in Under Two Days. Two protests lodged against Sydney to Hobart line honours winner Nokia were dismissed today by a five-member international jury meeting at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 12 29 863

2008. “15 Yachts Set Sail Today for St Helena in Governor’s Cup Race”. A fleet of 15 yachts taking part in the False Bay Yacht Club Governor’s Cup Race to the remote mid-Atlantic island of St Helena will cross the start line off the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront at 2pm today when Race Officer John Spilhaus fires the gun from the SA Navy mine hunter, SAS Umkomaas.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 12 29 482

2010. “Oos-kaapenaar Aangewys As Seiljagvaarder Van Die Jaar”. ‘n Oos-Kaapse seiljagvaarder is bekroon met die Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif Sailing se Seiljagvaarder van die Jaar-toekenning.
Translation: “Eastern Cape Sailor Named Yachtsman of the Year”. An Eastern Cape yachtsman was awarded the South African magazine Sailing’s Yachtsman of the Year Award.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2010 12 29 853

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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 8500 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