On This Day – 5 August. 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.

1971. “SA Yachts Hold on to Sixth Place in Cup”. The South African yachting squad is holding sixth position in the Admiral’s cup 53km inshore race off the lsle of Wight.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1971 08 05 – Thirsty Bertie – 000031_Redacted

1971. “Jakaranda First Home”. First boat to finish in the 42-strong Admiral’s Cup fleet in yesterday’s third race sailed here was South Africa’s Jakaranda, skippered by Bruce Dalling.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1971 08 05 – Thirsty Bertie – 000033

1989. “‘Pet Seal’ Keeps RCYC Shipshape”. ·When we think of yacht maintenance we usually picture sunny days with sailors painting and sanding, doing small repairs while their crew scrub decks. A happy family scene.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 05 376 2

1992. “I’m No Hero – Yachtsman”. His sun-bleached blond hair made him stand out clearly among the group of islanders waiting on the tiny island’s airstrip: South African yachtsman Anthony Steward was impatiently scanning the skies above the Indian Ocean for a glimpse of the Cessna which would take him to the main island and an eventual flight home.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 05 127

1992. “Alon Wins Top Event”. Alon Finkelstein has produced South Africa’s best ever junior international sailing result by winning the Optimist European championships in Denmark.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 05 425 10

2000. “Grassy Park Cadets Excel At Regatta”. Several promising young yachtsmen from Grassy Park were among five teams of 40 youngsters from·the MTN Royal Cape Yacht Club Sailing Academy who took part in the NCS regatta in Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 08 05 491

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 18 000 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