On This Day – 6 March. 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.

1968. “S.A. Yacht in Fine Fettle”. South Africa’s entry for the transatlantic singlehanded yacht race. Voortrekker, has reached a speed of over 20 knots. This was an unprecedented performance for a racing yacht and compares very favourably with the 20 knots reached occasionally by the clippers, which were about 1,500 tons compared with the six-and-a-half tons of the Voortrekker.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1968 03 06

1985. “New 64-berth Marina in Hout Bay Opened”. A 64-berth marina, providing safe mooring for deep-sea yachts in Hout Bay harbour, was officially opened yesterday afternoon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 03 06 324 19

1998. “Mariners Overcome the Odds”. Calm waters and no puff did little to dampen the spirits of the yachtsmen and women taking part in the 1998 NSA Women’s Open Regatta, at the East Rand Yacht Club, last weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 03 06 660

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