On This Day – 3 March. 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.

1968. “Voortrekker’s Lonely 6,000 Miles …”. It was sundowners on the balcony for thousands of Seapointers in Cape Town late yesterday afternoon, as :flatdwellers turned out with binoculars to watch an armada of small boats accompany·South Africa’s solo yacht Voortrekker on the first leg of her 6,000-mile maiden voyage to England.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 03 03 087_Redacted

1988. “Good on you, Bruce!”. Bruce Cameron in a Laser and Jos Hooyberg, sailing an Optimist, were the overall winners of the Pretoria Flagship Charity Regatta at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 02 03 1 2

1989. “The Yacht Club Today”. What does the future hold for the Worcester·Yacht Club? The committee, on behalf of the members, are investigating the possibility of further development of the existing facilities and the future potential.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 03 03 371 2

1990. “Veteran Skipper to Teach Youngsters”. Veteran Portuguese sailor Emilo de Sousa, who skippered the Dias Caravel from Portugal to Mossel Bay to mark the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Cape sea route, is to skipper a somewhat more modern vessel in this year’s race from Cape Town to Lisbon. It starts on March 31.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 03 984

1990. “40 Yachts Expected in Durban – EL Race”. A race fleet of more than 40 yachts is expected to line up off Durban’s golden mile for the start of South Africa’s most popular port to port ocean challenge on the last Thursday in April this year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 03 03 385 3

1992. “Hout Bay Yacht Club Prepares for Regatta”. Members of Hout Bay Yacht Club – including international yachtsman John Martin – are going “full speed ahead” in preparation for the Admiral’s Cup regatta in April.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 03 03 834

1993. “Mixed Reaction for Steward’s Solo Bid”. The question posed in last
week’s column about Anthony Steward’s solo circumnavigation and the length of time it is taking drew both praise and criticism from readers – in fact a very mixed reaction judging by the sea mail this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 03 03 283

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