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

by Richard Crockett

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

1986. “Scant Support for Body Searches?”. The top America’s Cup syndicates have ridiculed suggest ions for body searches in an effort to halt the use of illegal electronic weather pagers on the boats.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 11 30 620

1991. “UNWITTING BLOOPER. Who Could -Blame Him for ‘Circumventing’ World?”. I was interested to read, in a report in Weekend Argus on Sunday, November 23, that solo sailor Anthony Steward “is attempting to become the first man to circumvent the globe in a tiny open boat”.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 11 30 727

1992. “This Unbroken Reed Set for ’93 Rio Race”. Just months after being in danger of losing his right leg, South Africa’s famed yachtsman Bertie “Biltong” Reed has announced a fighting comeback to sailing by entering the Cape-to-Rio race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 11 30 405

1993. “Favourite out of Rothmans?”. Rothmans Week has been dealt a late blow with outright race favourite Orion Express – the most radical IMS racing yacht built in South Africa – outlawed from the local showpiece regatta in Table Bay for having a carbon-fibre rudder.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 11 30 246

1993. “Adamo Bent on Yachting Honour”. Adamo, an 11-metre unsponsored yacht, was one of the first entries for this year’s Rothmans Week, the most prestigious event on the annual yachting calender.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 11 30 258_Redacted

1995. “Attempt to Set· Record”. A Korean sailor in Durban is trying to have his name entered into the Guinness Book of Records, writes Ismail Suder Transport
Reporter. A lone yachtsman has sailed into Durban in an attempt to set a record as the first Korean to sail singlehandedly around the world.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 11 30 249

1999. “Sailors Come Out Fighting”. Survivors of last year’s tragic Sydney to Hobart yachting race plan to sail in the 55th race starting on December 26.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 11 30 505

2005. “Seasoned Sailor Presents New Navy Crew for 2006 Yacht Race”.
Surrounded by his teammates, SA Navy representatives, and sponsor delegates, South Africa’s most celebrated skipper, John Martin, presented his new navy crew for the Heineken Cape to Bahia 2006 Yacht Race yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 11 30 833

2006. “Race Rival Turns Rescuer in Ocean Drama”. Yachtsman throws away chances in 5 Oceans as he turns back to help his stricken competitor.
A sailor’s intuition was the first warning light to flash when disaster struck his opponent in the Southern Ocean.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 11 30 545

2010. “Sailing Away on A Dream Boat to Adventure”. When the boats in the Governor’s Cup sail out of False Bay tomorrow, a Cape·Town couple and their two daughters will be among the contestants. And, once the race ends in St Helena, Leon James, Nicola Mulholland and their daughters, Zoe, 7, and Nina, 3, plan to continue sailing – around the world for the next five years.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2010 11 30 626

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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