On this Day. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

1986 05 10 055 1986 05 10 459 1986 10 05 082 1989 10 05 377 32 1991 10 05 412 11 1991 10 05 412 5by Richard Crockett

Today we have no info from the ‘60 and ‘70s, but some good stuff anyway as John Martin earned his Provincial Colours; UBS Switzerland won the Whitbread Race; The America’s Cup preliminary rounds began in NZ; enthusiastic juniors enjoyed a training camp; a call went out the Halcatters; and there are some prize giving pics of the First Bowring Double Cape Yacht Race.

John Martin Earns His Province Colours. 1986. His exploits in ‘Voortrekker II’ earned him his colours. Also on the list was the first all-women combination to win a keelboat championship – that being Tieneke Schaap and her crew who won the WP RCOD champs. Read all about it HERE: 1986 05 10 055

Yachting Record for Swiss. 1986. After 8 months and 43 000 km at sea, ‘UBS Switzerland’ crossed the finish line to win the Whitbread Race in record time. Read all about it HERE: 1986 05 10 459

Sails All Aflutter As Yachts Get Ready for Cup Challenge. 1986. The preliminaries of the America’s Cup – the greatest event in yachting, begin today. 19 yachts each with 11 crew, and representing 7 countries will be competing over 5 months in 751 races. Read all about it HERE: 1986 10 05 082

Enthusiastic Juniors Enjoy Training Camp. 1989. The Western Province Sailing Association and host club Imperial Yacht Club ran a training camp for 21 novice boys and 3 girls aged between 8 and 13. Read all about it HERE: 1989 10 05 377 32

Call Goes Out to Transvaal Halcatters. 1991. In an attempt to revitalise the class, the Halcat Association is appealing to all Transvaalers among the country’s 2 700 Halcatters to support four events in October & November. Read all about it HERE: 1991 10 05 412 11

Cape Yacht Prize Giving. 1991. Two pics from the event with some well-known names depicted. But just who is Jan Corum? Read all about it HERE: 1991 10 05 412 5

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. 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 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.