On This Day – 7 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.

1968. “Two Great Sailors Join Round the World Race”. Two strong contenders today enter the Sunday Times singlehanded Round the World yacht race. They are Robin Knox-Johnston, in his Bermudan ketch Suhali, and Bernard Moitessier, of France, in the all-steel ketch, Joshua.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 07 COMBINED571 1

1968. “The Loneliness of the Long-distance Wife”. Dorothy Rose pooh-poohs the idea that she is sad at being left a grass widow for a year while her husband Alec sails singlehanded round the world. Pressed she admits: “I might not be actually lonely but it does not mean that I don’t miss him. I do all the time-particularly on Sundays when we used to go out together.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 07 COMBINED572 10

1990. “Veteran Bertie Leads in Cape Town – Lisbon Race”. Veteran skipper Bertie Reed of the yacht Grinaker yesterday clipped the lead in the Cape Town to Lisbon Portnet Dias Race from the streamlined SAA Voortrekker II which has so far dominated the 6 000 nautical mile race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 07 785

1992. “No Easy Match for Meek”. The Point Yacht Club Centenary match racing championship series held in Durban Bay over the last two days produced some exciting, close and highly competitive racing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 07 993_Redacted

1993. “New Name for Offshore Regatta”. Crystic Week, the country’s largest offshore ocean racing regatta, is to undergo a name change this year and will now be known as the NCS Regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 04 07 264_Redacted

1994. “World Champs Head Selections”. The teams to take part in the world hobie championships in France later this year were announced yesterday at Fish Hoek where the nationals are being held.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 07 493

1997. “Ainslie’s Title Was Richly Deserved”. Ian Ainslie won the J22 class world championships last week in fine style, a title he richly deserves as he has really put an immense amount of time and effort into his sailing in recent years. This victory has to be the highlight of his career and avenges his disappointment at being denied a bronze medal in the Atlanta Olympics last year in the singlehanded Finn dinghy class.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 04 07 110

2007. “Team Shosholoza Are Doing South Africa Proud”. Team Shosholoza, the African continent’s first entry in the 156-year-old America’s Cup, are doing the country proud.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 04 07 710

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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