On This Day – 30 August. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

Interest in the Lipton Challenge Cup posts in the last week has resulted in a slight change for the next few days. The Lipton Cup news will be headlined under just that event, with all the other news under a “General” heading.

This is a bumper issue – so enjoy revelling in the news from yesteryear.

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.

GENERAL NEWS
1947. “Royal Cape Win Inter-club Yachting”. After a lapse of seven years, lnter-club racing took place on Table Bay during the week-end. The Royal Cape Yacht Club was at home to the Zeekoe Vlei Yacht Club and the Royal Navy. It was the occasion of the Hallowe’en Trophy presented for competition between these three bodies by Mr. W. B. Kingswell.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1947 08 30 – dix combined – converted to OCR 60

1969. “Yachtsman Seeks Crew for Atlantic Crossing”. The Durban yachtsman Bob Fraser is searching urgently for a crew to help him sail his fibre-glass yacht Peergynt across the Atlantic later this year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 30 – Pfotenhauer – 000088

1989. “Kate Bids to Sail High Seas Alone”. Sailing “junkie” Kate Steward knows it will take more than brawn to beat the high seas. Grey matter and emotional strength will see her through, she believes.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 30 035

1995. “Yachtswoman Lisa Sails Into Record Books After Global Trip”. British yachtswoman Lisa Clayton finally won official recognition yesterday for becoming the first woman to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world from the northern hemisphere.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 30 257

1995. “Pupils Get Into Shape for Rio Race”. Ten pupils from a city high school will take part in the Cape to Rio yacht race next year as part of an ambitious school project.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 30 254

LIPTON CUP NEWS
1995. “Cup Champions in the Lead Again”. Zeekoevlei Yacht Club took up their familiar position at the head of the Lipton Cup fleet today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 30 244_Redacted

1996. “Maxtech Skipper Hopes New Sail Fabric Will Give Him the Edge in Cup”. Hout Bay Yacht Club’s Lipton Cup entry, MaxTech, is expected to be the only competitive boat competing with the Vectran fabric sail, when the annual seven day regatta begins in Table Bay on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 30 368

2007. “Royal Natal Still in Lead”. Transvaal Yacht Club entry “Bumbo” Saxon Insurance posted a well-earned second place in the Lipton Challenge Cup race yesterday, coming in behind defending champs Theewaters Sports Club yacht Dalys Insurance.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 08 30 644

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 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