On This Day – 3 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.

1995. “JJ Takes Early Lead From Punte”. J J Provoyeur, sailing Novell South Africa, has taken-an early lead in the fourth leg of the BOC Round the World Challenge which started in Punte del Este, Uruguay, yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 03 853

1996. “52 Yachts in Regatta”. FlFTY-TWO entries from various parts of the country will be competing in a national sailing regatta here during the Easter Weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 04 03 060

1999. “.Single-Handed Round-the-world Drama”. Competitors in the BOC Singlehanded Round the World yacht race are now on the final leg of this global marathon, having started the 5 800 nautical mile leg from Punta del Este in Uruguay to Charleston in South Carolina on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 04 03 218

2001. “Skipper’s Success Protest”. The Flying Fifteen Worlds got off to a fantastic start with Durban sailors Patrick Harris and Joe Boy finishing in second place in race one of the regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 04 03 327

2006. “Biltong Bertie Back on the High Seas, As ‘Senior’ Helmsman”. Single-handed sailing legend Bertie Reed was back on the waves with shipmate John Martin on Saturday, showing that his seamanship is still in fine fettle as he sailed the SA Navy’s racing yacht MTU Fascination of Power around the course in Table Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 04 03 425

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