On This Day – 14 May. 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.

1968. “Voortrekker’s Speed Has Amazed Experts”. To cover 6,851 miles in 43-and-a-half days is pretty good going by any sailing standards – Chichester’s included. To do so with the only damage one broken bearing-out pole and one front tooth adrift is little short of miraculous.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 05 14 – stitched final

1990. “Navy’s Race Task Benefits City Handicapped Kids”. A special group of people – the Woodside Sanctuary for handicapped children – are always on the minds of ·the crew of SAS Protea, even when the boys in blue are sailing the high seas.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 14 017

1990. “’Time to Go’ From the Island of Non-stop Joy”. An icy wind and intermittent rain swept over the island of Sao Miguel yesterday cleansing the cobbled streets of this quaint little town and denuding the beaches of all but the most hardy bathers.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 14 019

1991. “Martin: Count Me in Crystic Crossing”. An on-off situation with Springbok yachtsman Ian Martin’s entry to the Crystic Beachcomber Crossing has finally been resolved with the signal going out: “I’m racing, and I’m there to win.”
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK: 1991 08 14 057

1992. “PYC 100 Years Old Today”. The Point Yacht Club is 100 years old today and celebrated its birthday with a grand ball in Durban City Hall last night.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 14 174

1992. “Lone Sailor in Touch with His PE Sweetheart”. Rounding the northern most point on an epic voyage round the world, South African yachtsman Anthony Steward is radio reporting to his sweetheart in Port Elizabeth that the Great Barrier Reef is breathtakingly beautiful.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 14 771

1996. “Yachtswoman Rounds Point in Solo Record Bid”. Rounding Cape Point yesterday was the greatest moment of sailing in 125 days for British yachtswoman Samantha Brewster, who is bidding to become the first woman to circumnavigate the world non-stop the “wrong way” from West to East.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 05 14 371

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