On This Day – 11 August. 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.

1986. “Sharp Sailing”. A girl in just about every crew. You sail by the seat of your pants and the feel of the wind in your face – but have to study seamanship to get the right to sail an ocean.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 08 11 066

1989. “Britain Rules the Waves”. Britain ended four years of frustration by winning the Admiral’s Cup, edging out Denmark yesterday in one of the closest finishes in the regatta’s 34 years.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 11 – 000196

1994. “PE Ahoy!”. ·Saturday’s sailpast at the Shark Rock Pier was a huge and spectacular success and it sets the tone for another bright Port Elizabeth summer season.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 11 08 352

1995. “Joy for Italian Crew As SA Finishes Fifth”. The Italians celebrated their fine victory in the Champagne Mumm Admiral’s Cup yesterday following the 605 mile Fastnet Race, while South Africa emerged with mixed fortunes from the regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 11 279

1999. “Setting Sail From Strandfontein to Rio”. When the Cape to Rio race gets underway early in the new millennium, a 21-year-old Cape Technikon student from Strandfontein hopes to be aboard one of the yachts.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 08 11 460

2000. “Bungling Yachtsman All At Sea”. Tenth rescue for self-made sailor who once ‘lost’ the Isle of Man. Britain’s most notorious sailor chalked up his 10th rescue in 13 months when the coastguard found him aground in his home-made craft on the Welsh coast.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 08 11 505

2008. “Cape Yacht Safely in Bay Harbour After Rough Ride”. An eight-hour rescue mission by the National Sea Rescue Institute saw the safe arrival of the yacht Addis in Cape at the Port Elizabeth harbour at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 08 11 673

2011. “City Team Sets Sights Winning Big Apple Regatta”. A crack South African sailing team from the Royal Cape Yacht Club is headed for the US to take part in a highly regarded invitational regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2011 08 11 243

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 18 000 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