On This Day – 1 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

365 days. 365 new opportunities. Happy 2020.

I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history.

This is my personal crusade which I will share in the hope that you will enjoy reminiscing and learning as much as I do.

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline.

1971. “P.E. Yacht Hits A Sales-tax Snag”. Mr; Basil Weale, skipper of Flame, Port-Elizabeth’s entry in the Cape to Rio race, has been awarded R2 000 by the East Cape Yacht Racing Association to help him pay sales tax on the yacht.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1971 01 01 854

1986. “Three Spears Sweep?” Three Spears, the smallest boat in the fleet, sailed to a provisional clean-sweep victory in the IOR Class of the 1985 Anglo-Alpha Agulhas Race yesterday, by crossing the finish line in Simon’s Bay nearly two hours ahead of her main challenger, Spirit of CIW II.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 01 01 914

1987. “Protest Jury Disqualifies French Kiss”. An international protest jury has disqualified French Kiss in its Tuesday race against New Zealand.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 01 01 793

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

What is “On this Day” About?
I am busy archiving many boxes of press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary before ditching them as I have been concerned for many years about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history.

This is my personal crusade, and instead of simply archiving and keeping the contents away from prying eyes, I will share my spoils in the hope that you will enjoy reminiscing as much as I have, and continue to do as I wade through the labourious process of scanning each and every cutting in my archives.

As each scanned cutting will be searchable, I will be able to create presentation packs personally tailored to a persons exact requirements – ie. Rathmines Week, the NCS Regatta, the Rio Race, Mauritius Race, Vasco da Gama Race and more – or simply by the name of an individual (like Ant Steward and his open boat exploits) who want a record of his/her sailing career for the family archives.

I have already done this by scanning in excess of 8500 pages of material I have on ‘Voortrekker’ – from idle chatter, to concept, to the formation of what ultimately became the South African Ocean Racing Trust (SAORT), to the fruition of the 1968 OSTAR Race in which Bruce Dalling and ‘Voortrekker’ excelled – and even beyond that.

The possibilities are endless – so watch this space.

Comments and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za