On This Day – 9 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline.

1970. “Meet Two Girls Who Are ·Really Going Places”. Australian Sue is en route to Rio. Cooke is her name … and also her designation. And in her 4ft. 6in. square cooking area (“I can just get my hips in”), she can come up with a tasty, bully-beef-based meal under the worst conditions on the high seas.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 09 820_Redacted

1985. “Politics Sinks Yacht Race”. A singlehanded yacht race from South Africa to South America across the Atlantic has been scuppered by political pressure, the organisers said yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 09 917

1986. “‘John Martin Knocked Down in ‘Hell-Ride’”. John Martin, the latest solo skipper in the BOC round-the world race to be knocked flat in the “hell- ride” in the Southern Ocean, was heading for Melbourne in south-east Australia yesterday for repairs.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 09 663

1988. Yacht Sets New Record – Before the Race Begins”. A sailing record has been set for the Durban to Cape Town voyage – and that was just in the course of getting to a race venue!
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 12 09 2

1989. “Reed in Last-ditch Bid to Stay in Race”. Bertie Reed is involved in a last-ditch effort to try to stay in the Globe Challenge round-the-world solo yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 12 09 381 4

1994. “Adams and Soldini Are Flying”. The pedigree of state-of-the-art BOC Challenge around-the-world Class Two yachts was illustrated in the Roaring Forties yesterday as Giovanni Soldini of Italy and Australian David Adams locked horns at breathtaking speeds of 19 knots.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 12 09 071

1994. “SA Poised for Admiral’s Cup”. South African yachting is poised for a return to the Admiral’s Cup next July after a 20-year absence. The country’s small boat entry for the prestigious regatta was unveiled at the Royal Cape Yacht Club yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 12 09 A 071

1995. “Any Which Way to the Rio Finish”. “North or south – that is the question,” proffered the old Irishman propping up the corner of the bar in the Royal Cape Yacht Club lounge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 12 09 650

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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.

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 have, 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. Rathmines 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 4000 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