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

by Richard Crockett

I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history.

This is my personal crusade to save the rich history of our sport, and to share it in the hope that you will enjoy reminiscing, and learning more.

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

1990. “ Poupon Rescuers·awarded Time Credits”. Time concessions have been given to the three Globe Challenge sailors who altered course to aid Philippe Poupon when his yacht capsized last week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 01 05 383 4

1992. “Lone Captains of Courage Swop Tales”. Two of the world’s most tenacious adventurers, Brazilian Amir Klink and South African Anthony Steward, have been swopping tales at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 01 05 312

1993. “Girl, 16, Tackles Rio Yacht Race”. She’s only 16 but already has her skipper’s ticket – and will be tackling the rigging with the best of the rest in the Rothmans Cape-to-Rio race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 01 05 332

1994. “Biltong Bertie is Aiming for A Top Five BOC Finish”. South Africa will once again be represented in the gruelling 27 000 mile BOC Challenge yacht race which starts in September, maintaining a proud tradition which began in 1981 when Bertie Reed sailed the 15-year-old Voortrekker 1 into second place.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 01 05 612

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.

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 8500 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