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. 1991 Round the Island Race

by Richard Crockett The headline on the SA Yachting magazine report shouted :Tornado Rips Through Fleet”. And so it did, but not a Tornado that damaged the fleet or surrounds as it was a Tornado catamaran sailed by Garth Boshoff and Ralf Spargel which took the overall honours. And, they broke the record too, registering …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1982 – 1984 Round the Island Races

by Richard Crockett So here’s a bumper issue of reports on the Round the Island Races – 6 reports of the 1982, ‘83 & ‘84 races. What is clear is that Sponsorship of the event was becoming possible due to its increased stature in the sailing world, but to keep sponsors did not appear to …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Even Bigger in 1981

by Richard Crockett From 534 to 549 – it’s not a big leap forward, but it was a positive indication that the vent was in the hearts and minds of yachties as one of those on the bucket list of events to compete in. For the record there were 549 entries. Largest class, 92 Halcats. …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 534 Race Round the Island

by Richard Crockett It appears that the Round the Island Race on the Vaal Dam “came of age” in 1980 when 534 boats started the race, and a competing boat was on te cover of SA Yachting magazine. This 534 boat fleet was considered at the time as a record for a sailing event of …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1969 Round the Island Race

by Richard Crockett This is the 4th event I have covered in this series now, and still it is quite small and very localised despite attracting some attention from outside of the Vaal Dam. However all events take time to gather momentum, gain interest and indeed the trust of sailors, before blossoming forth and becoming …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Round the Island Race.

By Richard Crockett Whenever I search my archives I regularly come across references to the Round the Island race on the Vaal Dam, and it triggers a memory note that I should share info on this race. Today it is a very well run annual event organised by the Lake Deneys Yacht Club. The very …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Round Cape Horn As Bootlicker Explores the Frightful 50’s

by Richard Crockett Jerry Whitehead was a remarkable man, seaman and thoroughly good chap. He was simply one of those very likeable guys who did everything properly after having done thorough research. Having decided to enter the 1979 Uruguay Race, while studying the charts of the South Atlantic he realised that when he arrived in …

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“Talking Sailing” from my archives. Of Flying Dutchmen, 505s, Spearheads & Buccaneers

by Richard Crockett While researching material on the Buccaneer in 1976 I found a report on the WP Buccaneers champs, plus a really good one entitled “Durban …. Zowie!” so have chosen to share them both. Bertie Reed won the WP Buccaneer champs, a tough one indeed as the opening paragraph said this: This year’s …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Festival National in False Bay

by Richard Crockett Today I have chosen not to keep with the Buccaneer theme exclusively as in doing my research I came across a wonderful feature article on the multi-class National Champs festival regatta in False Bay – which included the Buccaneers. There’s lots to read in this article which is like a who-who of …

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“Talking Sailing” from my archives. Buccaneers in False Bay

by Richard Crockett Why False Bay was never renamed Buccaneer Bay is beyond me as these bullet-proof yachts seemed to come out “en-mass” in False Bay when Buccaneer events were scheduled. Good for them as the class grew and the competition was epic. Today I have two different Buccaneer events for you. The first, reported …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1973 WP Buccaneer Champs

Pages from 1973 10 – SA Yachting – OCR by Richard Crockett By now the “Buc” class had become well established and championship regattas were becoming more of the norm. It was at this regatta that the name Bertie Reed came to the fore in the class as he was referred to then as the …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. False Bay Buccaneer Week

by Richard Crockett Well the Buccaneer posts have struck a chord with several readers. Delighted to have been able to tickle the tastebuds and awaken the brain cells! There’s lot’s more to come in the days ahead, so stay tuned as they say in the classics. Week-long regattas in those days, the very early ‘70s, …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1st Buccaneer Nationals

by Richard Crockett In searching the archives there are many interesting tidbits of info on the Class, like the Class President throwing his toys when the scribe mentioned in a report that the class was not happy with SAYRA and would rather be administered by CASA! What is certain is that politics played a key …

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“Talking Sailing” from my archives. The Buccaneer

by Richard Crockett An avid follower of my scribblings is David Staniforth who recently mentioned that I should give the Buccaneer keelboat class some coverage as he fondly remembers his time sailing them in tough conditions in False Bay. It’s easier said than done as try spelling the name Buccaneer? Not so easy as it …

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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Moonshine Wins Double Cape

by Richard Crockett This time it was the Miura ‘Moonshine’ skippered by Tony Abbott which took the overall honours from Bobby Bonger’s ‘Impact’. As always with multiple starts, one at each of the starting clubs, conditions were naturally different, yet this is what makes the race so unique and challenging. The RCYC starters had hardly …

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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!