On This Day – 8 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.

1986. “Rodgers ‘Utterly Astonished’ to Lead Southstar”. Spindrift skipper Paul Rodgers is leading the Stannic Southstar solo yacht fleet on the homeward leg from St Helena.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 03 08 003_Redacted

1988. “Yacht Sinks – Ice Patrol Rescue”. French-American solo yachtsman Guy Bernardin, well known in Cape Town, has been rescued from stormy seas off Cape Horn.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 03 08 954

1991. “Bravery Award for Bertie Reed”.  Springbok solo yachtsman Bertie Reed will be presented with an award for outstanding bravery by the Minister of Environment Affairs and National Education: Mr Louis Pienaar, when he arrives home from Punta de! Este, next week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 08 17

2004. “SA Crew Ready for Sailing’s World Cup”.  Excitement is reaching fever pitch in South African yachting circles as the country waits to hear the details of its first challenge for the world famous America’s Cup race in 2007.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 03 08 741

2007. “Tutu Weighs SA Yacht Team’s Bid to Collar A Cleric Crewman”. Team Shosholoza is seeking to recruit an unlikely new crewman – Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 03 08 752

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