On This Day – 5 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. “Intrepid – and Seasick – Sailor Cindy Rarin’ to go”. For Hout Bay housewife Cindy Frye, the most daunting thing about packing up home and setting sail into the unknown with her husband and three daughters is purely physical – seasickness.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 04 05 711

1988. “Aussie Solo Sailor Needs SA Forecasts”. An Australian woman is sailing solo around the world at the mercy of the elements – and the Pretoria Weather Bureau.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 04 05 1_Redacted

1990. “A Success Story”. Voortrekker 1. The Voortrekker 1 now racing in the Diaz Trophy race from Cape Town to Lisbon was built in 1967 by Thessen Industries in Knysna.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 05 772

1994. “Ferry Edges Out Kruyt”. There was no love lost between current World Hobie 16 champion, Shaun Ferry, and ‘the previous world’s best, David Kruyt, at the Hobie nationals off Fish Hoek yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 05 499_Redacted

1994. “Single-Handed Sailor Burnt in Explosion”. The single-handed yachtsman, Anthony Steward, has been burnt in an explosion at sea and is limping to St Helena Island on his 6 m yacht – almost certainly ending his attempt to sail non-stop the ‘wrong way’ around the world on the smallest boat ever.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 05 506

1994. “Ferry Tames Fickle Wind At Nationals”. The gale-force wind which allowed for just four national hobie-cat races at the weekend dwindled to a breathless calm at Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club yesterday, halting proceedings after the first race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 05 509

2005. “Woman Skipper Leads Global Challenge Race”. After six months of braving tough weather conditions and competing with 11 other yachts, the only woman skipper in the Global Challenge 2004/ 2005 is leading the fleet, set to reach Cape Town today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 04 05 670

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