On This Day – 4 April. A Newspaper History of Sailing

 

by Richard Crockett

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.

1998. “Fay Defies San Diego”. New Zealand’s America’s Cup boss Michael Fay defied arch-rivals San Diego Yacht Club today, vowing to press ahead with plans to defend sailing’s most prestigious trophy despite legal action by the Californians.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 04 04 371 15

1990. “Big Boats Pull Away From Fleet in Ideal Conditions”. The “Big Boats” in the Portnet Dias fleet currently racing from Cape Town to Portugal, are starting to rapidly pull away from the rest of the 25-strong fleet in ideal, 15-knot south-easterly surfing conditions yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 04 761

1991. “Geoff Meek Puik Op Jag”. Die ervare Springbok-seiljagvaarder Geoff Meek en sy maat Etienne van Cuijk het vandeesweek verbasend goed vertoon in die Hobie 16-klas in die internasionale Hobie-byeenkoms by Club Mykonos op Langebaan.
TRANSLATION: “Geoff Meek Great On The Hunt”. Experienced Springbok yachtsman Geoff Meek and his partner Etienne van Cuijk performed amazingly well in the Hobie 16 class at the international Hobie event at Club Mykonos on Langebaan this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 04 406 2

1992. “Will Davis Put Admiral’s Cup Field to the Sword Again?”. Top yachts, top skippers and a record entry for the Admiral’s Cup Regatta promise three days of drama and exciting sailing in Hout Bay over the long weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 04 419 5

1994. “British Show Their Bulldog Spirit”. It’s the great British comeback as defending 505 World Champions Ian Barker and Tim Hancock staged a determined fightback in the third round of the Durban Unlimited 505 World Championships offshore from Durban yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 04 502

1995. “JJ Counts on Trade Winds for the Last Leg”. The fourth and last leg of the race, Punta del Este to Charleston, is now well under way. This is the section in which J J Provoyeur, skipper of the yacht Novell SA, hopes to make dramatic gains through careful exploitation of favourable trade winds.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 04 858_Redacted

2000. “Yachtsman Virgil Arrives Back in City”. Virgil Mpaly, one of the development yachtsmen who·completed the Cape to Rio yacht race aboard the yacht MTN The Better Connection, has returned to Cape Town triumphant in the Buenos Aires to Cape Town race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 04 04 289

 

2002. “Superb Sailors Seek R150 000 Sponsorship”. Wanted – RI50 000 in sponsorship for six highly motivated young sailors, who already hold the Western Province title in the L26 division and have their sights set on a top five finish in the Lipton Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2002 04 04 370

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 10 000 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