On This Day – 29 January. 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.

1985. “ Leaders Are Set to Break Race Record”. The front runners in the South Atlantic Race, Apple Macintosh and Momentum Life, continued at a cracking pace yesterday south-west of Ilha da Trindade, with Apple Mac still ahead and little more than 1 000 miles from the finish, on her noon position.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 29 320 17

1992. “Meek Dominates”. Cape Town yachtsman Geoff Meek showed he cannot be written off just yet after winning yesterday’s Olympic Trials Soling class race in convincing style.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 29 557

1992. “UCT·brothers Should Make South African Olympic Side”. In A few days’ time the first group of South African sports persons to qualify for the Barcelona Olympics will be known, after the completion of the Olympic Sailing trials in Durban – but it remains to be seen if Cape Town will be represented.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 29 620

1992. “Mixed Fortunes At Olympic Yachting Trials”. There is a definite pattern emerging in each class in the Olympic Yachting Trials being held off Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 29 624

1992. “Kruyt’s Welcome Appearance”. The Fish Hoek Beach sailing club are still recovering from the surprise of seeing their World Hobie 16 Champion, David Kruyt, in action at last weekend’s WP Points Regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 29 415 43

1993. “Past Pupil Excels At Boat Race”. A 23-year old past pupil of Lyttelton Manor High School, Grant Whitford, is the youngest skipper in the Rothmans Cape-to-Rio race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 29 535_Redacted

1993. “EL Yacht Tops in South Coast Race”. An inexperienced crew under the guiding hand of an experienced skipper took line and handicap honours in the recent south coast yacht race from Port Elizabeth to East London, a race which formed the last leg of a return trip from Cape Town for the East London yacht, Ikhwezi.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 29 653_Redacted

1996. “Critical Time for Cape to Rio Yachts”. The next 24 hours of the Rothmans Cape-to-Rio race is going to be critical, as in this period the overall handicap winner of the race is likely to be determined.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 01 29 842

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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.

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 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