On This Day – 29 May. 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.

1988. “Last Date for Bertie and Voortrekker I”. Laying in a supply of fresh-farm eggs and tinned frikkadlels this week is “Biltong” Bertie Reed, preparing for an epic solo yacht voyage across the Atlantic next weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 05 29 24

1991.”’n Droom·Vervul Met Cora Se Lyf Nat”. Duisende voomemende seevaarders droom van die dag dat hulle hul tuisgeboude boot te water kan laat. Baie kom nooit so ver nie, maar mnr. Randolph Westman (45) van Port Elizabeth se lewensdroom het werklikheid geword.
TRANSLATION:  “A Dream Fulfilled with Cora’s Hull Wet”. Thousands of seafarers dream of the day that they can launch their home-built boat. Many never get that far, but Mr. Randolph Westman, 45, of Port Elizabeth’s dream has come true.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 05 29 407 51

1992. “Yachtsmen Praise Algoa Bay As Finest Sailing Venue”. First-time visitors to the Algoa Yacht Week regatta which finishes today, say Algoa Bay is the finest off-shore sailing venue on the South African coast.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 29 420 8

1996. “All At Sea, and Loving it”. It’s tough discovering you are passionately addicted to sailing – and you live 600 km from the sea.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 05 29 382

2001. “Kampioenskap Begin in Perfekte Weer”. Na ‘n stadige begin as gevolg van geen wind nie, het die wind gistermiddag begin waai en geleentheid gegee vir twee wedvaarte op die eerste dag van die J22-wereldseiljagkampioenskap.
TRANSLATION: “Championship Begins in Perfect Weather”. After a slow start due to no wind, the wind began to blow yesterday afternoon, giving the opportunity for two races on the first day of the J22 World Sailing Championship.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 05 29 611

2003. “City Sponsors Grassy Park Sailor in Leg of World Race”. The City of Cape Town has given about R93 000 for Grassy Park resident Marvin Sampson, 19, to take part in the second-last leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2003 05 29 015

2009. “Exciting Results in the Volvo Ocean Race”. Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael of Brazil, finished first on leg 7 from Boston to Galway, crossing the line at 00:54:22 GMT on the 24/05/09 followed by PUMA Ocean Racing, skippered by Ken Read of the USA who finish second. Third place went to Green Dragon, skippered by Ian Walker of Great Britain. Telefonica Blue was skippered by Bouwe Bekking of the Netherlands and finished in fourth position crossing the line at 02:42:25.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2009 05 29 683

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