On This Day – 30 October. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett

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

Today, 52 years ago, was a significant day in my life as I was taken to watch the ‘Sandefjord’ movie as part of my 12th birthday celebrations. The rest is history as it was not long after this that I took up sailing. I kept in touch with Barry Cullen over many years, and still, on occasions, watch the movie.

Bertie Reed sailed into Cape Town on this day in 1990 during the BOC Challenge, while the iconic “Coke Can” off Port Elizabeth’s Shark Rock pier was due to be restored to its anchorage.

‘Pilar the Pulveriser’ was launched in Cape Town for the Cape to Rio Race.

And there is nothing more dangerous than a woman scorned as crew aboard the ‘US Woman’s Challenge’ yacht in the Whitbread race mutinied against their skipper!

1990. “Popular Bertie Sails In”. Veteran Bertie Reed sailed into Granger Bay just after midnight, taking eighth position in the BOC single-handed round-the-world yacht race. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 10 30 393

1991. See the pic of the “Coke Can” marker buoy.

1992. “Hi-Tech Yacht For Rio Race”. The biggest, newest and most expensive hi-tech maxi-yacht built for the Cape-to-Rio race was launched yesterday with her proud Natalian owner brashly predicting that she will steal the thunder from the Cape entries in the race. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 10 30 427 52

1993. “Crew Mutiny Against Skipper”. Simmering tension on the only all-women yacht in the Whitbread round-the-world race boiled over to a mutiny this week in Punta del Este, Uruguay. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 10 30 207

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 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.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.

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