From the Archives

A Blast from the Past

On this page are pics and images from our archives that we think may be of interest to readers, as they may have made it into the pages of either SAILING or SA Yachting magazines. We invite readers’ comments, information about the pics and even clarification on information we may have regarding the pics, the people and the boats featured.

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“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 …

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“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: …

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“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 …

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“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 …

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“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. …

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“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 …

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“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 …

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“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 …

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“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 …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. The Xmas Sprog Log

by Richard Crockett I have feared for some time now that the Sprog, as an active class, may well be stone dead as little “Sprogging” appears to take place these days, and attempts by some to revive it have had little success. Sad, as this was once a very proud class of dinghy – locally …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. The Sprog Logs

by Richard Crockett The result of additional tidying up and general organising of my archives revealed a number of copies of “The Sprog Logs” I was given many years ago for safekeeping. Sadly I cannot remember the name of the person who gave them to me, although I vaguely recall him being from Pietermaritzburg. The …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Sailors Go Rowing

by Richard Crockett Here’s something completely different yet still related to our wonderful sport. Way back in 1987 when this article was written, cycling, mountain biking and just riding a bike to get fit were far from mainstream as they are today, as was going to a gym to keep fit. So when I was …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1,8 Tons Versus 90 Knots

by Richard Crockett With the 2021 Vasco da Gama Race to East London done and dusted, and most of the passages home complete, the rigours of sailing along the East Coast of South Africa are well known, and sadly brought home with a thump and a bump and a grind….! ‘Majimoto’, the Farr 38 broke …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 129 Boats on the Spacious Lawns

by Richard Crockett When one mentions the Hobie Cat name in this country the name Blaine Dodds seems to follow! It’s simply because he has dedicated his life to the Hobie and as a results is “one of the greats” having won more National and Provincial Hobie titles than he can count, as well as …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Vasco Race Memories From 1981

by Richard Crockett The 50th Vasco da Gama Race starts on Sunday with an eight-boat fleet as two boats have withdrawn. It’s not a big fleet, but ocean races along the Wild Coast no longer attract big numbers. With three Fast 42s competing, this is likely to be where the line honours contender comes from, …

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June History pic 1

June History pic 2

June 2017  issue

by Richard Crockett

I always enjoy browsing through the SAILING Mag archives and looking at the pics of yesteryear as some bring back memories. This month a file named ‘Dragons’ caught my eye as I know they are a popular class in the UK, and knew of one here in Durban. And then close to that file was one marked ‘Enterprise’ – and having sailed one, and restored one, I though it was worth a look especially as one hardly hears about this classic class any longer, despite some top names having owned them.

Pic 1. The caption to this reads: One of South Africa’s two Dragons: **Galatea sailed by Guy Reynolds in Durban. At the next Olympics South Africa hopes to be represented in this class fro the first time.

Now this pic is undated, so can anyone give an indication of that, and the name and home club of the second Dragon in the country?

June History pic 3

June History pic 4

Pic 2. This is an old pic, dated 1955 – so it was taken over 60 years ago. It was taken during the 1955 Cowes Regatta. The caption says: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (right) pulls in the genoa as his yacht **Bluebottle rounds the Old Castle Buoy. Uffa Fox can be seen in front of The Duke.

Chris Talbot has advised me that this is Trio was owned by Leo Caney. He also said that he was a bailer-boy on Trio in his youth and had to keep his head below deck at all times to keep windage to a minimum. Plus, it appears that Caney had an uncanny knack of running into Enterprises and dismasting them. His crew threatened to notch the tiller for every hit!

Pic 3. A fleet of Enterprise dinghies in close contest. The caption reads: Adam French, the new Highveld champion, being closely followed by Carlo Brovelli and Maurice Hare.

Does anyone know if Adam French still sails?

Pic 4. The Enterprise was always a tough old boat to sail in a breeze. This pic, taken in 1975 at the Enterprise Highveld Champs on Florida Lake, has this caption: Brian Downham and crew hanging out well in their Enterprise whilst sailing through a gust at Florida Lake.

Brian Downham was a dab-hand in most classes he sailed.

Responses to Previous Issues
Johan Van Rooyen
April 2017 issue pic 1 pg 28
L- R are Suzette Anderson, then Kate Steward. I am not sure who the third person is. I believe it was when they sailed **Fouchini Girl in the Cape to Rio Race.

Rob Martin
April 2017 issue pg 28
Regarding the Sprog pics, the 1969 Champion at Allemanskraal Dam was John Mackay on ‘Stagalee’. I was his crew.

‘Stagalee’ was the first Sprog with Highfield levers and an adjustment at the foot of the mast including a cunningham cringle at the Jib. It was first owned by Bryan Metcalf and then purchased by the Mackay’s.

John and his brother Daniel won the Graduate National Championship in Lourenco Marques in the early Sixties. I think he was then twelve or fourteen years old. After that he competed in ‘Stagalee’.

June History pic 4

He is the brother-in–law of the Tarboton family who sail at Midmar.

John Mackay’s swansong was the Saint Helena Race where he crewed for John Levine on a Stadt34 – the average age of the crew was in the middle sixty’s – and the old buggers showed the way!