On This Day – 6 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.

1986. “The Name is Bond – Alan Bond”. He comes from the wrong side of the tracks – but he’s making good Down Under. Alan Bond, leading Australian businessman and international yachtsman, is as adventurous on the waves as he is in the world of high finance.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 04 06 029

1990. “Stormy Time At Sea As ‘Wrong’ Yacht Leads”. SAA Voortrekker II has managed to build up a slender seven nautical mile lead over Bertie Reed’s Grinaker in the Portnet Dias Yacht Race from Cape Town to Lisbon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 06 776

1990. “ Shiver Me Timbers, An Old Lady’s in Front”. The grand old lady of South African yachting, Anchor Yeast Voortrekker, skippered by Rob Shelley, is believed to be leading the fleet in the Portnet Dias Race from Cape Town to Lisbon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 06 778

1990. “’Sails Away!’ As 200 Boats Take to Water At Saldanha”. Picturesque Saldanha Bay will be the setting for this year’s national and Western Province dinghy racing championships and, with about 200 boats on the water, the action promises to be fast and furious.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 06 779

1991. “Martin Names Yachtsman of the Year”. John Martin was last night rewarded for his international yacht racing accomplishments by being named the South African yachtsman of the year at a function at the Zeekoevlei yacht club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 06 406 7

1992. “Top Skippers in Yacht Race”. Eight of South Africa’s top skippers are competing in the Point Yacht Club Centenary L34 Match Racing which started yesterday in Durban Bay and will end with a prize giving at the PYC Clubhouse tonight.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 06 419 7

1993. “Hobie Sailors Catch the Breeze to See Addo Elephants”. Sailing in the All Africa Hobie Championships at Hobie Beach was cancelled as Port Elizabeth’s famous wind blew with a vengeance yesterday, exceeding the event’s 25-knot wind strength limit for sailing·.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 04 06 270

1994. “Kruyt, Dodds Close In”. The pressure is starting to mount on World Hobie 16 champion Shaun Ferry at the National Hobie championships off Fish Hoek with former world’s best David Kruyt and eight times SA champion Blaine Dodds closing in rapidly on his lead.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 06 497

1994. “Knox-Johnson, Blake Sail Round World in Just 74 Days”. Sir Robin Knox Johnson, the first man to sail around the world non-stop, and previous Whitbread race winner Peter Blake have made sailing history by winning the Jules Verne Trophy with a remarkable 74-day circumnavigation.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 06 510

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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.

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