On This Day – 12 April. 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.

1967. “Bid to Put S.A. in Top Yacht Race”. In one of the most imaginative joint efforts ventured in the South African yachting world, an ocean racing trust has been formed to put a South African yacht and yachtsman in the single-handed transatlantic race from Plymouth to New York next year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 04 12 daily news 932

1990. “Master Mariners Fun Race”. Portnet Saldanha have, at very short notice, kindly agreed to sponsor the Master Mariners Yacht Race this coming Easter Saturday in Saldanha Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 12 818

1990. “2 Yachts in Close Dash to St Helena”. Anchor Yeast Voortrekker and Walon are charging neck-and-neck to reach St Helena some time today in the Portnet Dias Trophy yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 12 820

1995. “Golden Sovereign Vying for Honours”. The second yacht to cross the line and first Royal Natal Yacht Club entry home in last year’s Wilbur Ellis Da Gama Ocean Race from Durban to East London, the Sovereign 54, Golden Sovereign, will be vying for line honours against the Lavranos designed 76-footer Marchioness. The race starts on April 27.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 12 511

1995. “Provoyeur Up Against it”. Cape Town yachtsman JJ Provoyeur said last night he was feeling despondent about the weather he was experiencing on his inshore route up the coast of Brazil in the fourth leg of the BOC Round the World Challenge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 12 886

1996. “Anchors Aweigh for GBYC”. The Gordon ‘s Bay Yacht Club opens its ‘new’ doors tomorrow with a ‘roof wetting’ reception for members.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 12 406 21

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