On This Day – 31 October. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

1967 10 31 1986 10 31 540_Redacted 1993 10 31 211by Richard Crockett

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

As today is a low-key news day, it’s a good opportunity to ask for feedback on these posts which have been going for a full month now. Your thoughts, comments and more would be appreciated on this forum, via mail, messenger or privately. Looking forward to hearing from you.

We have a final piece on lone yachtsman Simon Holmes A’Court, an interesting piece about an America’s Cup yacht being attached, and news about a ‘hot yacht’ being built by John Robertson and Jerry Caine.

1967. “Towed Yacht For Repairs In Durban”.  Lone yachtsman Simon Holmes A’Court whose yacht was towed into Durban last week-end, plans to repair it in a Durban boat-building yard. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 10 31

1986. “America’s Cup Yacht is Seized by the Bailiffs”. The proudest yacht in the America’s Cup competition, ‘Courageous IV’, has been seized by the bailiffs over un-paid bills. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 10 31 540_Redacted

1993. “Racer Project Boosts Local Yacht Building”. A young crew with an unlimited budget and the target of competing for South Africa have set their sights on one of the world’s top yachting events, the Rothmans Week regatta. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 10 31 211

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.