On This Day – 5 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.

1987. “S Africans in Lead As Yachts Near Finish”. In what is shaping up to be a sensational finish to the BOC round-the-world single·handed yacht race, two seasoned South African trans-ocean sailors, John Martin aboard Tuna Marine and Bertie Reed sailing Stabilo Boss, are leading a bunched pack of eight racing yachts to the finish at Newport, Rhode Island.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 05 05 1

1987. “Cape Yachtsman Col Jeffrey Dies”. A former chairman of the Cruising Association of South Africa (Casa) and a pioneer of the fishing industry in Namibia, Colonel Stanley H Jeffrey of Constantia, died after an illness at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 05 05 2

1988. “Ilse III Said to Be Leading Fleet to EL”. Ilse III, skippered by George Ilse and Peter Morgenrood, was last night believed to be leading the fleet of 28 yachts in the Wilbur Ellis da Gama ocean race from Durban to East London.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 05 05 950

1990. “Close-quarter Compatibility Can Make Or Break A Crew”. Around about now, the leading yachts in the Portnet Dias Race are arriving in the Azores and one can imagine there must be some relief among crew members that they have arrived safely.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 05 977

1990. “Yachting Family From SA Fall Into Renamo Hands”. Right-wing Renamo guerillas admitted yesterday they were holding a South African family of four in the Mozambican bush while awaiting contacts from Pretoria to arrange their repatriation.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 05 387 5_Redacted

1990. “Meek’s ‘Yellow Peril’ Going for Line Honours”. The “Yellow Peril” is piling up the laurels again – at least, that is what Geoff Meek and his crew on Spirit of Club Mykonos hope to do today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 05 387 6_Redacted

1995. “Award for Yachting Champ”. World champion South African yachtsman Shaun Ferry left Cape Town for Mexico on Wednesday night, minutes after being told he is to receive the biennial State President’s Sport Award.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 05 05 322

1997. “Boris Webber Sneaks Courtaulds Ahead As Global Challenge Fleet Sets Off”. Springbok sailor Boris Webber, skippering Courtaulds, delighted his home crowd when he·stole the lead at the start of the Atlantic leg of the BT Global Challenge in blustery Table Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 05 05 392

2000. “Mitzi in the Bay is A Cat with A Difference”. Anyone who thinks they would have to drag a cat to water should think again.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 05 05 a 557

2005. “Durban Clipper Skipper Thrilled to Be Chosen”. Durban man Craig Miller could not hide his excitement yesterday on learning that he had won the race to skipper the yacht Durban Clipper in the Clipper 05-06 round -the-world race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 05 05 654

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