On This Day – 3 May. 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.

1967. “Wanted: the Toughest S.A. Sailor”. South Africa is looking for its toughest yachtsman to wear Springbok colours in next year’s Plymouth-to-New York transatlantic yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 05 03 press 751

1984. “ Missing Yacht: Plea for SAAF to Resume Search”. The families of the crew members of the missing East London yacht Rubicon today appealed to the South African Air Force to resume its search.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 05 03 3 may 1984 vasco 84 stafford 29

1984. “Was this Our Fastnet Disaster?” Now that the search for the yacht Rubicon and her crew has been called off by the South African Air Force, the earlier claim that this year’s Da Gama race was so disastrous that it might even be labelled South Africa’s own Fastnet, gains more validity.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 05 03 ab

1987. “In the Wake of Dias”. Veteran yachtsman Gabriel “Gawie” Fagan – the man who sailed Suidoos to victory in the 1982 South Atlantic race – will board a little wooden ship next year for one of the most extraordinary voyages of his life.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 05 03 513

1988. “Mandla All Set for Gama Race”. Mandla Mnguni is all set to write his name in the record books when he takes his position at the helm of the L34 yacht, Aluweld Sun Seeker, at tomorrow’s start of the Wilbur Ellis Vasco da Gama race from Durban to East London.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 05 03 19

1989. “Wind Plays Hard to Get During Regatta”. Racing in yesterday’s leg of the regatta being sailed in Algoa Bay this week got under way three hours late after contenders waited through the morning for a breeze to stir.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 05 03 373 2_Redacted

1989. “Lone Sailor Cruises in After Yacht Drama”. A lone American around-the-world sailor has cruised slowly into Cape Town, unaware that his radio report of rigging difficulties bad been interpreted as an emergency alert.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 05 03 373 3aa_Redacted

1992. “Yachties’ Dreams of Olympic Gold May Get Scuppered”. Two Durban Olympic yachtsmen are virtually destitute in Europe after being robbed in Italy and France – and it is only their grim determination to make Barcelona next month that has kept them going.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 03 147

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