On This Day – 3 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

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

1970. “Last-minute Race Rush”. The skippers and crews of·the Durban yachts taking part in the Cape to Rio race are already involved in a race of their, a race to get to the starting line on time.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 03 798_Redacted

1970. “Sea Trials for Cariad”. Cariad I, the world-famous racing yacht and Cape to Rio race entrant, will leave Durban harbour for the first time in 10 years, when she begins her sea trials at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 03 803_Redacted

1985. “Round-the-world Race: SA May Be·dropped”. Mr Samuel Whitbread, chairman of the company sponsoring the 1985/6 Round-the-World race, implied in an interview yesterday that Cape Town may have to be dropped as a stopover port in any further global race if South Africa’s internal situation deteriorated.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 03 895_Redacted

1986. “John Martin ‘Freezing But Bowling Along”. Springbok sailor John Martin reported ‘freezing’ conditions in the Southern Ocean yesterday, as he made good headway towards Sydney in the second leg of the BOC round-the-world race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 03 673_Redacted

1988. “Family Prepares for Ocean Racing”. If the Goldswains of Cape Town have their way, line honours in the 1989 Beachcomber Crossing yacht race from Mauritius to Durban in September will be very much a family affair.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 12 03 3

1992. “27m of Luxury Up for Grabs”. If you have a hankering for the high seas and a fair bit of spare cash you may wish to bid for 27 metres of ocean-going luxury being auctioned at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 03 12 418 6

1994. “Herbert Tops in J22 Yacht Trial”. Herbert Karolius won the Alitalia-sponsored International Yacht Racing Union Transvaal Group qualifying trials at Germiston’s Victoria Lake Club, to pocket one of the oldest sailing trophies in the country, and to earn the right to represent his province in the J22 national championships in Durban early next year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 12 03 094

1994. “Gale Wreaks Havoc with Pace-setters in BOC”. French sailor Isabelle Autissier suffered the cruellest of fates in the BOC Challenge round-the-world race yesterday, losing her mast – and her chances of victory.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 12 03 096

1999. “KZN Fleet Fine-tunes for Cape to Rio Trip”. Preparations are at an
advanced stage on board 11 KwaZulu-Natal yachts in preparation for the MTN Cape to Rio 2000 Race starting on January 8.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 12 03 870

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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 4000 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