On This Day – 4 May. 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.

1990. “Sea Mine ‘Probably Inactive’”. The guardship SAS Protea, will not engage in a hunt for the Second World War mine seen by the yacht Walon in the Portnet Dias yacht race this week, according to the SA Navy.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 04 975

1990. “VLC’S Robbie Wins Da Gama Yacht Race”.

1990. “Age No Drag As Foster Sniffs About ‘His’ Bay”. If there’s one unique character at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club, hosts of the Opel Algoa Bay Challenge regatta, it’s Foster Hannah, 71.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 04 387 5

1991. “Da Gama Yacht Springs Leak”. The Wilbur Ellis Da Gama ocean race was not plain sailing for all the yachts and crew.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 05 04 407 6

1995. “Brian Lello, Yachtsman, Writer, Dies”. Brian Lello, one of Cape Town’s best-known yachting personalities and journalists, died at his home last night of renal failure. He was 79.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 05 04 320

2004. “SA Yacht Back After Sailing Round Africa”. They spent 368 days away from home, visited more than 15 African countries and survived a cyclone and an abortive pirate boarding – an experience·that will most certainly stay with them for the rest of their lives.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 05 04 622

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