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On This Day – 29 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1985. “The Old Man and His Sea”. Eric Tabarly sits at a table in the Royal Cape Yacht Club sipping a glass of water. The monarch of maritime aristocracy appears to be as stern as a rockbound coast, unmoved by the hype, hysteria and glamour that surges around him. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 29 912 1986. “Kiss of ... Read More »

On This Day – 28 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1966. “S.A. Yacht for Single-Handed Transatlantic Race.” Construction of . a sleek, 50-ft. ocean-going yacht, in which a South African yachtsman will race 2,740 miles singlehanded from Britain to North America, is under way in Cape Town. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1966 12 28 CUTTING 672_Redacted 1984. “Yachtsmen Want Brisk South-easter”. Yachtsmen in the Argus-Stannic 100 offshore catamaran races on ... Read More »

On These Days – 24, 25, 26 & 27 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett Apologies for the break, but the dreaded lurgy, rather than “Big Red” visited us during the festive season. So a healthy, happy and prosperous closing of 2019, and a good ‘n for 2020. To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Today the written word plays a minor role in our history with the power of pictures taking pride of place. So be sure to follow the link to see all the pics. ... Read More »

On This Day – 23 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Today the written word plays a minor role in our history with the power of pictures taking pride of place. So be sure to follow the link to see all the pics. 1970. “Storms Hit Another Rio Yacht”. Jakaranda, a favourite in the Cape to Rio yacht race and skippered by Bruce Dalling is the latest victim to fall foul of heavy storms on the ... Read More »

On This Day – 22 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Today the written word plays a minor role in our history with the power of pictures taking pride of place. So be sure to follow the link to see all the pics. 1970. “’Full Speed ·Ahead’ At Race HQ”. The naval base adjoining the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town, SAS Unitie, has become fully operational as Rio race headquarters, and from this base ... Read More »

On This Day – 21 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Today the written word plays a minor role in our history with the power of pictures taking pride of place. So be sure to follow the link to see all the pics. 1984. “Durban Boat Set Fair to Capture Share of Regatta Booty”. For the first time in years, Natal yachts have been at the forefront of the annual Rothmans Week Regatta in Cape waters, ... Read More »

On This Day – 20 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Today the written word plays a minor role in our history with the power of pictures taking pride of place. So be sure to follow the link to see all the pics. 1984. “New Single Handed Yacht Race for 1986”. The world’s first single handed cross ocean race for matched one-design yachts will start from Cape Town in January, 1986 sailing to Punta del Este, ... Read More »

On This Day – 19 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Today the written word plays a minor role in our history with the power of pictures taking pride of place. So be sure to follow the link to see all the pics. 1984. “Studente Wil Vaart Wen”. ‘n POP groep het spesiaal ‘n liedjie gekomponeer oor die tien studente van die Universiteit van die Witwatersrand wat op 12 Januarie op die seiljag Momentum Life aan ... Read More »

CAPE2RIO 2020. Team Angola Cables Ready to Challenge the South Atlantic

The double handed pairing of Team Angola Cables will be strong contenders for line-honours as they take on a competitive fleet to challenge the trans-Atlantic dash in the upcoming Cape2Rio 2020 yacht race which gets underway in early January in Table Bay, Cape Town. Team Angola Cables will be participating in the Class40 category under veteran Angolan skipper, José Guilherme Mendes Pereira Caldas with his Brazilian co-crew member, Leonardo Chicourel. Their yacht, Mussulo 40 has successfully competed in many races ... Read More »

The Earth At Night

NASA has released an eBook that Reveals Insights of Earth Seen at Night from Space. This new NASA ebook includes more than 150 images of our planet in darkness as captured from space by Earth-observing satellites and astronauts over the last 25 years. Earth has many stories to tell, even in the dark of night. Earth at Night, NASA’s new 200-page ebook, is now available online and includes more than 150 images of our planet in darkness as captured from ... Read More »

On This Day – 18 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

  by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Today the written word plays a minor role in our history with the power of pictures taking pride of place. So be sure to follow the link to see all the pics. 1970. “One of the Smallest”. Barbette, a masthead sloop from England, is one of the smallest yachts in next month’s Cape to Rio race. Her overall length is only 9.1m (30ft.) and ... Read More »

On This Day – 17 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Today the written word plays a minor role in our history with the power of pictures taking pride of place. So be sure to follow the link to see all the pics. 1987. “Pole Has Done it Already: the Hard Way”. Many of the skippers and crew taking part in next month’s Cape to Rio yacht race will be sailing far out into the South ... Read More »

On This Day – 16 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1987. “Dias Chase on for SA Skipper”. A week ago the youngest South African skipper in the Bartolomeu Dias 500 th anniversary race set off in his 41 ft craft – French Connection – on the first leg of the Lisbon-to-Cape Town contest. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 12 16 6 1990. “ A Sea of Troubles, But Martin Set ... Read More »

On This Day – 15 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Durban ‘Fleet’ to Sail on Boxing Day”. ·Nomad, the New Zealand yacht entered for the Cape to Rio race, left Durban for Cape Town on Saturday with owner Bill Williams :and his family aboard. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 15 823 1970. “Mercury Busy on Deep-sea Trials”. Mercury, the sleek 13-metre (42ft.) ocean racing yacht representing the Province ... Read More »

On This Day – 14 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1984. “Skippers Gear Up for the Cape to Uruguay”. The start of the 1985 Cape-to-Uruguay yacht race may still be six weeks away, but for a number of contestants the big test starts next week. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 12 14 319 12 1986. “Stormy Seas Torture BOC Sailors”. Veteran Springbok yachtsman Bertie Reed – dogged by bad luck ... Read More »