On This Day – 31 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
1968. “Voortrekker Leads Race to Saldanha”. Voortrekker, South Africa’s entrant in the solo – transatlantic contest in June, slipped into an early lead in the nine-yacht race to Saldanha Bay which began in Table Bay this afternoon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 08 31 282

1969. “Cash Boost Likely for Yacht in Big Race ”. Five men entering a yacht here, the Port Rex, in the international race from Cape Town to Rio in January, 1971, may have their effort boosted by the City Council.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 31 – Pfotenhauer – 000087

1985. “Crack Yacht Changes Colours”. One of South Africa’s crack racing yachts, Assegai, is to sail under Mauritian colours in next month’s 3 000 km Mauritius-to-Durban race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 08 31 – 000220

1988. “Nicholas Brings the Laurels Home”. Young Cape Town yachtsmen Nicholas Cloete, 14, and Charles Ainslie, 13, are home after sailing in international regattas in the United States and Italy as part of a team of six junior Springboks.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 31 15

1989. “City Boys Shine in Sailing Competition”. Two Cape Town schoolboys are making a name for themselves in international yachting circles – both recently finished Italian competitions in the top three .
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 31 042

1990. “Record Fleet Sets Sail”. A record fleet of over 70 yachts is expected to·line up for next month’s Double Cape race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 08 31 390 21

1993. “Efforts to Repair SA Yacht”. Efforts were being made in Maputo yesterday to allow a detained Durban yachtsman to have his storm-damaged yacht repaired.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 08 31 099

LIPTON CUP NEWS
1984. “Sailing by Norman Sheriff”. The two Durban crews who competed in the 1984 Lipton Cup in Cape Town returned home this week with Beetle Resin and Warrior scoring an 8th and a 12th overall respectively.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 08 31 – 110

1995. “Royal Cape’s Cup Hopes on the Rise”. In a Lipton Cup week which has seen the fortunes of the country’s leading yacht clubs change as regularly as the tides, Royal Cape once again assumed the ascendancy at the end of the fifth day’s racing yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 31 260

1996. “Four Crews in Line for Lipton Challenge Cup”. An English football commentator gained·instant infamy when an on-air colleague asked him to venture a prediction before the kick-off of a big match. “I think I’ll stick my neck out and say this one could go either way,” he replied.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 31 372

1996. “MBS Challenger Favourite for Lipton Cup”. Royal Cape Yacht Club entry MBS Challenger will start as favourite to take line honours in this year’s Lipton Cup Challenge regatta, which begins in Table Bay tomorrow.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 31 375

2007. “Royal Natal’s Orion Slips From Lipton Lead”.   Choppy seas and a good 12-knot breeze made for intensely competitive sailing in the Lipton Challenge Cup on Table Bay yesterday, but the gremlin that frustrated the aims of Royal Natal yacht Orion to retain their overall points lead was kelp.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 08 31 643

2009. “Davis Wins Lipton Cup for the 4th Time in A Row”.   A dominant display overall from Daly’s Insurance saw Greg Davis capture his fourth consecutive title in the 2009 Eden Island Lipton Cup, and ensure the trophy would remain at the Royal Cape Yacht Club for at least another year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2009 08 31 815

2012. “With the Wind in Their Sails”. The Lipton Challenge Cup trophy is heading to Durban after the Royal Natal Yacht Club’s team won the most prestigious sailing event in South Africa.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2012 08 31 lipton cup – highway mail

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