On This Day – 3 August. 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.

1969. “Crowhurst Fund Tops £14,000”. The fund to help the wife and four children of the yachtsman Donald Crowhurst has topped £14,000. Among the contributors last week was Captain John Ridgway, the transatlantic rower and one of the nine original starters in the Sunday Times single-handed, round-the-world Golden Globe race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 03 – Pfotenhauer – 000020

1971. “SA Yachts Improve in Admiral’s Cup”. The South African yachting team moved up a place as a result of yesterday ‘s tricky 30-mile inshore race off the Isle of Wight – the second leg of the 17-nation Admiral’s Cup series.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1971 08 03 – Thirsty Bertie – 000027_Redacted

1971. “Jakaranda Leads Boks In”. South Africa’s Admiral Cup team moved up to sixth place overall following yesterday’s second race of the four-race series sailed at Cowes.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1971 08 03 – Thirsty Bertie – 000029

1988. “Yacht Sinks – Ice Patrol Rescue”. The French-American solo yachtsman Guy Bernardin, well known in Cape Town, has been rescued from stormy seas off Cape Horn.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 03 08 954 2

1989. “Meme Struggled to Get A Sponsor”. The all-women crew of a Durban L34 had a tough time getting sponsorship for the Crystic Beachcomber Crossing and Braby’s was christened well after entries had officially closed.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 03 032

1990. “‘All Must Campaign Against PE Ore Dump’”. The campaign to have Port Elizabeth’s ore dumps and fuel tank farm removed should involve the whole city, not just the yacht club, Mr Ian Littlejohn told a Rotary meeting yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 08 03 107

1994. “ Light Winds Leave Sailors in Doldrums”. South Africa’s Hobie 16 world champion Shaun Ferry has finished the first round in the top five of the multi-hull open class at the world sailing championships.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 08 03 180

1995. “SA Side Savour the Fruits of Double Victory”. There was an air of revitalised confidence in the South African sailing team at the Champagne Mumm Admirals Cup in Cowes yesterday following their historical double victory of the day before when they became first South African yachtsmen ever to win races at the offshore world championship of sailing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 03 609

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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 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