On This Day – 8 May. 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.

1991. “Weekly Watersport Roundup”. YOU just can’t keep·a good solo-sailor down. Capetonian yachtsman Anthony Steward last Thursday became one of the few sailors in the world to have sailed the Atlantic Ocean in an open boat, the tiny 5,8m NCS Challenger.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 05 08 097

1992. “Selection Regatta A Big Success”. The selection Regatta organized by the Namibian Sailing Association and sailed at the Walvis Bay Yacht Club over the past Iong week-end was highly successful.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 08 196

1992. “SA Duo Win Tune-up Race in World Yachting Contest”. There was much joy in the South African camp in Cadiz, Spain, on Wednesday night after Dave Hudson and crewmate Dave Kitchen won the tune-up race of the Flying Dutchman class world yachting championships.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 08 157

1993. Strong International J22 Entry Expected”. A strong international entry of at least 15 boats is expected for the NCS J22 international championships to be sailed off Durban in July.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 05 08 247

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