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

by Richard Crockett

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

1970. “Portugal’s Sole·Rio Yacht Race Entrant”. The 46-ft fibre-glass yacht, Adamastor, will be the sole Portuguese entrant in the Cape to Rio race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 04 812_Redacted

1970. “Armchair Sailing Made Easy”. An intricate system involving the use of radio, teleprinters and computers has been devised for plotting the daily positions of yachts in the Cape-to-Rio race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 04 810

1986. “Crewman Mishap Spoils NY Yacht’s Chances”. America II fell behind Stars and Stripes and the crew’s hopes for a comeback in yesterday’s America’s Cup challenger trials disappeared when two of its crew were swept overboard.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 04 653

1993. “King Stretches to the Limit”. We’ve heard of stretching the imagination, the dollar and the girlfriend’s patience, but now Chris King is taking stretching to the extreme.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 12 04 269

1994. “Home is Where the Boat is for Lone Sailor Neal”. As a 14-year·old schoolboy wandering around Cape Town’s docks, Neal Petersen dreamed of sailing on one of the sleek yachts he watched setting off for distant ports.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 12 04 733

1999. “Cruel Luck Dogs Tough Frenchwoman in Ocean Contest”. Isabelle Autissier must be one very peeved lady. How many times has she challenged for top honours in a major solo ocean yacht race and how many times has she been dogged by the most extraordinary bad luck?
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 12 04 871

1999. “Autissier Out of Race, But She Will Press on”. Sailing into Table Bay would
normally be a pleasure for lone French yachtswoman Isabelle Autissier, but yesterday her face showed only frustration and disappointment.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 12 04 872

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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