“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1961 Lipton Cup

Pages from 1961 – SA Yachting 07-08 – OCR   by Richard Crockett Port Elizabeth has rarely played host to this event, and in 1961 they grabbed the chance with both hands and did everyone proud by running what from all accounts was a highly enjoyable and entertaining series. The superlatives in the SA Yachting report delivered a positive message, and so wrapped up in this they hardly highlighted the results! However that is inconsequential as the winner was Clube ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1960 Lipton Cup

by Richard Crockett The headline of the report in SA Yachting magazine very succinctly tells the story that this was an upset win as it said this: “Lipton Cup Goes to Clube Naval – ‘Rapid’ at last vindicates her name, under able handling of experienced skipper Noel Horsfield.” The opening few paragraphs also clearly indicate that Horsfield was an outsider, and went as follows: “Noel Horsfield upset all prophecies by winning the 1960 Lipton Cup series at Durban for Clube ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1959 Lipton Challenge Cup

by Richard Crockett As the Lipton Challenge Cup will take place from 16 – 21 August in Saldanha Bay, it’s now time to ramp up coverage of the old historic events. I have already recently covered the 1958, 1993, 1994 & 1995 events, the latter three all being contested in Saldanha Bay, and these can be viewed in the SAILING Mag Blog – www.sailing.co.za I found a treasure-trove of info in my 1959 Lipton File, and especially found the “Contest” ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Crystic Holiday 23 “Masters”

by Richard Crockett Following the enormously successful Crystic Holiday 23 “Worlds” at Port Owen during Easter last year, (reported on yesterday in “Talking Sailing”), and considering the fact that there are over fifty Holiday 23’s in the Transvaal, it was not surprising that an event of a similar nature was held closer to home for these Transvaal trailer-sailer enthusiasts. The “Worlds” and “Masters” are not ordinary regattas, with the aim being to provide enjoyment while experimenting with a variety of ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1988 Holiday 23 Worlds

by Richard Crockett When I came across the reference to the 1988 Holiday 23 Worlds over the weekend while scanning SAILING Mag into my archives, it brought back many really good memories as I competed in the event with John Robertson and Jerry Caine, the builders of this magnificent little boat. I had little hesitation in accepting their offer to be the foredeck hand during the event, and still today marvel at just how exciting it was, and how so ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. The Sea-Lawyers Derby – 1984

by Richard Crockett It seems as if there was loads of acrimony in the local sailing scene in 1984 and 1985 as yesterday I highlighted the problems at The Culemborg Spring Regatta on False Bay, and now the above headline highlights more. This time it was during Rothmans Week of 1984. The best way to open this is to quote the opening two paragraphs of the report written by John Fensham: “Like World War I, last month’s Rothman’s Week was ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Culemborg Spring Regatta Controversy

by Richard Crockett The above headline popped out at me when scanning the early SAILING Magazine issues a few days ago, stopped me in my work, and demanded to be read! I won’t debate the merits of the protest here, although with the subject of “imported jockeys” raised and the views of readers requested, it made some sense to run with it now. Up front, despite some high-profile names commenting on the issue of “jockeys”, not a single person put ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1995 Lipton – the Best Regatta

by Richard Crockett The previous two Lipton Challenge Cups in Saldanha Bay saw some good close sailing, but also many protests and “niggles”. This year was little different, other than a general consensus of opinion was that it was the best event for some years. This is how SAILING Mags scribe, Alex Petersen described it: “The best Lipton Cup regatta in a good while”, was the widespread feeling about the 1995 event held from Club Mykonos at Langebaan Lagoon. “The ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1994 Lipton Cup – Saldanha

by Richard Crockett Saldanha Bay was again the venue for the 1994 Challenge, and what a great regatta the reports say it was, with Chris King and Zeekoe Vlei YC taking their second title on Saldanha Bay waters. But what did specifically interest me was an “infringement penalty” permitted in terms of the rules of the day. This is what one report said: “‘Dalys Insurance’ (King) led the fleet from the first mark in confusing southwesterly winds, only to be ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1993 Lipton Cup – Saldanha

by Richard Crockett With the Lipton Cup taking place in Saldanha Bay in August, I wondered just how often the event had been sailed in these waters? The answer, thanks to my trusty Lipton Cup spreadsheet, shows that just three events have been there. 1993 was the first, followed by 1994 and 1995. Being on new waters, competition was intense as always – the big difference being that there were some “unknowns” in terms of tactics, so a flyer could ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Lipton Cup 1958

by Richard Crockett The dates and venue for the Lipton Challenge Cup later this year have been published, with the challenge taking place at Club Mykonos in Langebaan from 16 – 21 August. So there is no time like the present to dig back into the archives and bring some history of the early events. The earliest report I have of the Lipton Cup is from 1958, which was the 13th Challenge, and which was held in Algoa Bay from ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. The 1981 Agulhas Race

by Richard Crockett The Agulhas Race was always one of those races ocean racing yachties always aspired to compete in as they wanted to pit their skills against some of the best exponents of ocean race, plus the elements. Like the Vasco da Gama Ocean Race, the Agulhas race too is tough, uncompromising and not for the feint-hearted. The 1981 Race report from Yachtsman RSA magazine popped out at me for various reasons, least of all being that there were ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Laser Slalom

by Richard Crockett The Laser Nationals report last week had “lots of legs” and stirred up an immense amount of interest from old “Japie” Laser sailors who now live in a myriad of different places around the world. So here’s another one, the annual Natal Laser Slalom event which was always good fun for both competitors and spectators alike as there was tons of action both on and off the water. I am surprised that this type of Laser event ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1980 Laser Nationals

  by Richard Crockett Many months ago it was suggested some old Laser reports should infiltrate my published archives, so yesterday when scanning the 1980 editions of Yachtsman RSA magazine, the 1980 Laser Nationals report surfaced. This report if full of interesting results and names of people long forgotten, especially as 102 boats contested this event. Of particular interest to me was the fact that in the first 6 Nationals, only two people had won the title. Nicky Korving won ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 4th Glinane Sprog Week

by Richard Crockett To round off this series of “Sprog Logs” is the souvenir edition of the 4th Sprog Glinane Week held at Swartvlei in 1969. A heading which caught my attention was this: Where Have All the Winners Gone? By “Mum” Wyatt It is an interesting, though sad, fact that very few of the past Sprog Champions are still racing in the class, possibly because ambition dictates that successful skippers should get into International classes, especially if they have ideas ... Read More »