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

by Richard Crockett

I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history.

This is my personal crusade to save the rich history of our sport, and to share it in the hope that you will enjoy reminiscing, and learning more.

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

1985. “It’s A Tight Toughie – Don’t Expect Surprises – Tucker”. The Argus-Stannic 100 Hobiecat race from Hout Bay to Langebaan is ‘a tough nut to crack, says American champion Carlton Tucker.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 01 03 320 90

1986. “What A Finish for Padda!”. In a nail-biting finish to the second leg of the Whitbread Round-the-World Race, the Cape-based maxi Atlantic Privateer beat her New Zealand sister NZI Enterprise to the line at Auckland by seven minutes yesterday – after 7 000 nautical miles of tough, highspeed ocean racing!
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 01 03 918

1988. “Reed Sails Flat Out”. Veteran yachtsman Bertie Reed is sailing flat out for a date with history as he heads for Cape Town and home in the last leg of the Clinic Dias Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 01 03

1990. “Lone Sailor Bertie A Sad Sight for Wife Pat”. Pat Reed was choked with emotion. She had just spoken to husband “Biltong” Bertie by radio as he sailed his superyacht Grinaker in the lonely expanse of the Atlantic where he is racing in the Globe Challenge around the world race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 01 03 172_Redacted

1993. “Young Sieraj Set for Sea Adventure”. A 13-year-old Cape Town schoolboy got the surprise of his life this week – and the prospect of his best New Year yet – when he heard be was to crew on a sleek maxi-racer in the Rothmans Cape to Rio Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 03 323_Redacted

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.

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 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