On This Day – 9 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.

1990. “It’s Not Plain Sailing As Women Prepare for Dias Race”. The impact women have had on the previously male bastion of ocean yacht racing is graphically illustrated in the line-up for the prestige 6 000 nautical mile Bartolomew Dias race, from Cape Town to Lisbon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1990 03 09 994

1991. “Solo Sailor Swept Overboard, Poisoned”. Two terrifying brushes with death have nearly ended solo sailor Anthony Steward’s bid to be the first to sail around the world in an open boat.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 09 099

1991. “A Real Queen and It’s Home-Built”. The most prestigious production yacht built in South Africa – the Sovereign 54 – has passed her sea trials with flying colours.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 03 09 18

2002. “Messing About on Boats Led to Voyage of A Lifetime”. Some people live to dream, while others live the dream. Mike Cornah, 52, falls very much into the second category.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2002 03 09 721

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