On This Day – 8 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. “Exciting Finish in Yacht Race”. The Clew Powell Memorial Trophy yacht race had the most exciting finish in its four-year history on Durban Bay yesterday afternoon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 08 COMBINED571 5

1990. “Bertie on A ‘Luxury Cruise’”. Bertie Reed’s resilient breed of crew cannot expect too many favours from the craggy veteran during the current Dias race to Lisbon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 08 146_Redacted

1990. “Hanno Puts the Record Straight”. Submarine commander Hanno Teuteberg surfaced from his duties on board the South African Airways-sponsored maxi Voortrekker II to “promote” crewed races. .
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 08 793_Redacted

1992. “Davis Sails Off with Sword”. The Admiral’s Cup sailed in Hout Bay produced one of the most exciting, protest-ridden regattas with the winner being decided on the last race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 08 419 6

 

1995. “BOC Sponsors Face Lawsuit on Lookouts”. Two major sponsors of the BOC Challenge around-the-world-race find themselves part of a lawsuit that questions whether sailing without lookouts violates international maritime law.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 08 872

1995. “Provoyeur Now in 3rd Place”. J J. Provoyeur on Novell South Africa moved into third place in Class I on the final leg of the BOC single handed around the world yachting challenge which started from Punta del Este last Sunday and should finish in Charleston, South Carolina, around April 23.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 08 873

1995. “Cannon Shines on – 300 Years Later”. After nearly 300 years under the sea, the bronze cannon from the Dutch ship, the Waddingsveen, still shines.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 08 877

2001. “British Pair Fastest of the Fast”. Charles Apthorp and Andy Weatherspoon of Britain yesterday proved they are the fastest human beings on the planet in a Flying Fifteen when the World Championships drew to a close offshore from Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 04 08 337

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