On This Day – 8 August. 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.

1969. “Job for Stranded Sailor”. Happy Mr. Harry Irvin has been given a job in the Mtunzini district – but he’s not saying what it is.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 08 – Pfotenhauer – 000085

1986. “SA Yachtsmen Take on World”. ·South Africans Bertie Reed and John Martin will compete against the toughest yachtsmen in the most expensive sport in the world when they set off on the B O C challenge from Newport, Rhode Island, later this month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 08 08 056

1986. “Missing Yachtsman: Wife, Son to Fly to England”. Durban’s Bluff Yacht Club is to pay the airfare of the wife and five-year-old son of missing yachtsman Mr Daniel Leaper to England.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 08 08 070

1989. “Yacht Disqualified After Protests in Table Race”. A lack of wind and a protest provided tensions of different kinds during the Western Province L26 championships in Table Bay at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 08 – 000182_Redacted

1992. “Shipwrecked Lone Sailor Returns ‘Minus Shoes’”. Shipwrecked lone yachtsman Anthony Steward, who arrives home from Mahe Island, Seychelles, today – “minus his shoes” – will marry his fiancee on August 29 before attempting to complete his epic circumnavigation.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 08 120

1992. “Home is the Lone Sailor Ant Steward”. Sailors, like cowboys, aren’t supposed to cry. But Ant Steward couldn’t hold-back the tears as he threw himself into the arms of the girl and the family who prayed for him.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 08 121

1994. “SA Women Lose Controversial Final and Bag Silver”. South Africans Belinda Klaase and Margot Brache won the silver medal in the women’s multi-hull section at the world sailing championships at La Rochelle, France yesterday, but the final was clouded in controversy.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 08 08 203

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 18 000 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