On This Day – 5 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

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

1986. “Pop Star’s Yacht Given Drug Search At End of World Race”. Four more maxi yachts finished the Whitbread round-the-world yacht race yesterday and customs officials searched one of them for -drugs but came up empty-handed, officials said.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 05 12 464

1986. “BOC Sailor Concussed”. The oldest competitor in·the BOC round-the-World yacht race has been badly concussed in very rough seas and a howling 50-knot gale.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 05 637

1990. “Never Again, Says Solo Round-the-world Sailor”. “No one will put me on the sea before one month is over,” said a travel-weary Manuel Gomes Martins – the first Portuguese man to sail solo around the world – after arriving at Durban’s Point Yacht Club at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 12 05 785

1992. “Brazilian Entry Boosts Rio Race”. A surprise last-minute entry from Brazil has boosted the final entry for the Rothmans Cape to Rio race to 91 yachts.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 12 05 437 8

1994. “Remember BOC Four Years Ago?”. As the harsh realty of single-handed around-the-world sailng dawned yet again on the BOC Challenge fleet – the leader-board had a familiar look about it yesterday rekindling memories of the last battle four years ago.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 12 05 090

1995. “Giant Foreign Entry is in Line for Double”. Swedish yacht Nicorette, skippered by Ludde lngvall, joins a large contingent of international competitors in the Rothmans Week yachting regatta which starts off Table Bay tomorrow.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 12 05 874

1996. “On Top Down Under – in Spite of the Load”. When Dennis Murphy and his crew sailed his yacht, Interlude, in the annual Sydney-to-Hobart race, they took everything with them – including the kitchen sink- and still finished seventh out of 44 in their class.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 12 05 877

1997. “Visiting Yachtsmen Drowning in A Sea of Red Tape”. It’s a long walk from Durban harbour to the immigration office in Umgeni Road. And many international yachtsmen have to chart that course these days if they want to complete formalities for entering SA.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK: 1997 12 05 269

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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