by Richard Crockett
As the 51st Vasco da Gama yacht race starts on Sunday, I dug into my archives and selected all the pics I have not yet scanned, and have begun that arduous task so that I can share images of the races, boats and people of yesteryear.
And believe me there are some interesting images shared today, and lots more to come too.
I have purposely just placed all images in a pile and started scanning them, so there is no order nor preference of choice – just as they get scanned from the pile.
Please assist by helping to identify some of the “unknown” people, the year and any other pertinent information.
The images brought back some good memories for me as I really enjoyed the Vasco race, whatever the weather. The three pics of the 1983 race when I was aboard ‘Assegai’ with Terry Clarence as skipper brought back vivid memories. It was a strange race in many respects as the wind simply did weird things. Besides racing the first 12 hours in 20 to 25 knots, to being clubbed by a massive storm which tore the fleet to shreds for 30 minutes before abating, and being becalmed, we had it all. On Assegai we sat in the eye of the storm, becalmed and with fierce lightning all around us. Late on Friday afternoon we limped along slowly in no wind at all, down to just 1 knot off Bashee, and continued that way almost to the finish line. I distinctly remember seeing East London as the sun rose and clearly remember thinking that we were too far out. Try as we may it became a battle of wits to eke out boat speed, and height into the coast to avoid being swept past the finish line by the current.
This was one of the slowest races on record with our elapsed time being just shy of 48 hours.
We took line honours some 7+ hours ahead of the next boat where just 9 minutes separated second and fifth places over the line. What an exciting finish for those five yachts, being ‘Lady Shamrock’; ‘Magic Carpet; ‘Shaya Moya’; ‘Rubicon’ and ‘Gunnadoo’.
To me one of the most interesting images is taken of Noddy Cooper holding the Stateline Navex Trophy. He won the trophy the previous year to this pic being taken, and to my knowledge that trophy has been missing since about then. Should anyone know of its whereabouts, please make contact.
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READ THE 1983 YACHTSMAN RSA MAGAZINE REPORT HERE: Vasco 1983 06 – Yachtsman RSA – OCR
READ THE 1983 SA YACHTING MAGAZINE REPORT HERE: Vasco 1983 06 – SA Yachting – OCR