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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1969. “Sailor’s Visit Goes Adrift”. Mystery surrounds the movements of world·famous yachtsman, Robin Knox-Johnston, who was due to arrive in Durban from Britain yesterday. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 11 29 607 20 1970. “Cariad Spreads Her Wings”. And her pilot swops steam for sail. Cariad I, the Tribune’s Cape to Rio race hope, could well set some unexpected records ... Read More »

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1985. “Another Drama for Drum”. Drum, the high-drama boat of ocean racing, is again the centre of a nail-biting situation, with hull repairs taking longer than expected and with a buckled rudder now compounding the maxi yacht’s problems as the restart of the Whitbread Round-the World Race draws near. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 11 28 837 1985. “Full Ahead ... Read More »

On This Day – 27 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “A Dream About to Come True”. On my mother’s side my grandfather and great grand-father were newspapermen whilst my father’s forebears, one and all, were farmers. This may explain my deep love of the sea and my natural instinct for messing about in boats! I was messing about in a boat one day this week when everybody else was sweating at his office desk. ... Read More »

49er Oceania Championships with Benji & Alex

by Richard Crockett Sailing is a tough sport, especially when sailing against the best sailors in the world, so while Benji Daniel and Alex Burger may be disappointed with their result in this event which for them was a tune-up to the World Champs which start next Tuesday off Auckland, New Zealand. These guys are sailing for an Olympic berth, so anything but their very best, and an improvement on their previous event will simply not be good enough for ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race to Finish in Cherbourg, France

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), organisers of the Rolex Fastnet Race, have announced that the City of Cherbourg will host the finish of the Rolex Fastnet Race for the 2021 and 2023 editions of the biennial race. The move encourages and secures the future development of the race and will open it to more competitors; in 2019 the race had a waiting list of 150 boats. The City of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, The Communauté d’agglomération du Cotentin, the Conseil départemental de ... Read More »

On This Day – 26 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Tax Compels Yachtsmen to Seek Sponsors”. The Government sales tax on imported racing yachts was forcing yachtsmen to find sponsors for their vessels and had led to an inevitable amount of commercialism and advertising, Durban yachtsmen said last night. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 11 26 334_Redacted 1970. “He has the edge in Rio Race”. A Durban man probably ... Read More »

Ocean Globe Race Opens A Classic Challenge to Whitbread Maxis and W60’s

Don McIntyre, Chairman of the Ocean Globe Race announced at the Yacht Racing Forum the addition of a “CLASSIC Challenge”. This new class will open another eight entries to former Whitbread Maxis over 71 feet and W60 racing yachts from 1985 to 1997. Retro and Classics will share host and stopover ports as well as starting dates. However, the unique, longer course sailed by CLASSIC sailors means additional hardship and less in-port time, making for a more challenging race. Crews ... Read More »

On This Day – 23, 24 & 25 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1984. “Around the World – in ‘His’ Coffin”. It started out as a coffin and turned out to be the third-smallest yacht ever to set out on a world circumnavigation. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 11 24 315 1984. “Hole-in-Heart Yachtsman Keen to Set Up World Research Fund, Do Daredevil Stunts”. Lone British hole-in-heart sailor James Hatfield, who is circumnavigating ... Read More »

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. This was a very low news day over many years – so short ‘n sweet today. There is a delightful story about Hammond, the Durban ferry driver long before the walk-on marinas were in place, and when one had to either dinghy or ferry to one’s yacht. ‘Yeoman 27′ was due to arrive from the UK in Cape Town in sufficient time to prepare it ... Read More »

Brest Atlantiques. Ultim’s Take Over Cape Town

by Richard Crockett Cape Town has once again lived up to its reputation of being the “Tavern of the Seas” as all four trimarans have either passed by or made a pitstop in preparation for the final leg. Maxi ‘Edmond de Rothschild’ got the ball rolling, leaving Robben Island on Wednesday evening at 19h16. During the night, ‘MACIF’ made a pitstop before setting sail again at 9h20 yesterday morning, hot on the stern of ‘Actual Leader’. Last but not least, ... Read More »

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

Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. The Rio Race in 1971 struck a chord with so many people around the world that there were many heartbreaking stories about those whose lifetime dreams were about to be shattered. “Yacht stranded – no sponsor” said the headline. John Martin is in the news today several times as in 1985 he joined Padda Kuttel for the second leg of the Whitbread Race, and in 1990 ... Read More »

Cameron Bellamy: The Impossible Row. Crossing the Drake Passage

Cameron Bellamy, endurance athlete extraordinaire, recently known for his unprecedented open water swimming accomplishments is currently preparing for another “world first”. He will be part of a six-member team that will row 600 to 800 miles over twenty-one days across the notorious Drake Passage: a body of water thought to have the roughest and coldest waters on earth. The expedition has been dubbed “The Impossible Row”. In the last few years Cameron Bellamy’s name has become synonymous with ultra-marathon swimming. ... Read More »

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. The chronic shortage of moorings in Durban was being addressed by the City, and was an on-going issue for decades! The crew of the Danish sloop in the Whitbread Race was reduced to 1 litre of water per day for 3 weeks, with an adjacent report about a runner and a yacht to race each other. John Martin was caching the leaders despite auto-pilot issues. ... Read More »

Brest Atlantiques. Leaders Will Round Off Cape Town Tonight

After two weeks at sea, it’s now becoming extremely close on the Brest Atlantiques, as the fleet race towards Cape Town. The trimarans bringing up the fleet have been able to take advantage of favourable conditions, now that the Saint Helena High has moved north, while Maxi ‘Edmond de Rothschild’, which is currently leading the race, has had to make six gybes and is expected to arrive in Cape Town on Wednesday evening. This will be the second and final ... Read More »

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