On This Day – 10 February. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

From the overwhelming response I receive from these posts, from all over the world I may add, the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am being connected with some wonderful people thirsty for more. Thank you all who have made contact.

Should you wish to copy, forward or share material from here, PLEASE acknowledge the source as: Sourced From the SAILING Mag Archives & Historical Records.

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

1985. “SA Sailors Are A Hit in Uruguay”. Paper Pack Voortrekker came fourth overall in the Cape to Uruguay race – but the crew are a positive first with the beautiful young women of South America.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 02 10 320 29

1988. “Hout Bay Havoc: Yachts Damaged”. A new tunnyboat sank, a luxury motoryacht and several other yachts were damaged and part of a floating marina was submerged during an easterly gale which hit Hout Bay on Wednesday night.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 02 10

1989. “Dramatic Move by Form Flyer”. In a dramatic development in the Stannic Southstar race to St Helena Island and back, Patrick Holloway and Gary Farrow out-manouvered the rest of the fleet and headed for almost certain victory in Table Bay next week in their storm-battered Miura Form Flyer.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 02 10 370 6

1993. “It’s Back to School for Rio Yachtsman”. Sieraj Jacobs, the most talked about personality in the recent Cape to Rio Yacht Race, is back at home in Grassy Park.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 02 10 772

1993. “Cape to Rio Winner Rewards SA Yachting”. Yachting in South Africa will receive a boost through funding from overall victor of the Rothmans Cape to Rio yacht race, German business tycoon Hasso Plattner.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 02 10 777

1994. “Yachting Finals for EL”. East London is moving closer to becoming a vibrant yachting venue with the South African finals of the Nations Cup Match Racing Competition being held here this year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 02 10 889

1999. “How Yachtswoman Was Saved From Ocean”. Giovanni Soldini navigated rough seas for nearly 24 hours to save a French sailor who capsized in a solo, around-the-world yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 02 10 498

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.

Should you wish to copy, forward or share material from here, PLEASE acknowledge the source as: Sourced From the SAILING Mag Archives & Historical Records.

From the overwhelming response I receive from these posts, from all over the world I may add, the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am being connected with some wonderful people thirsty for more. Thank you all who have made contact.

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 do, 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. Rothmans 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 10 000 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