On This Day – 15 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.

1969. The Rio Race – What About It, Durban”. What is Durban doing about her entry for the Rio race (trans – South Atlantic) from Cape Town to Rio in 1971?
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 08 15 – Pfotenhauer – 000130

1987. “Leaders Pull Clear in the Challenge”. The light conditions which marked yesterday’s second round of the Lipton Tea Challenge yachting grand prix in Table Bay served to space out the 23-boat fleet – widening the gap between the leaders and tail-enders in the points series.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 08 15

1988. “Yacht Company in Debt, Liquidated”. ·Swiftsure, the high-profile company that claimed it would turn Cape Town into a luxury yacht-building mecca, has been provisionally liquidated with its building yard left abandoned and with debts totalling Rl,5-million.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 15 8_Redacted

1989. “Reed, Martin Share Award”. Springbok sailors Bertie Reed and John Martin last night became the first joint winners of the Cruising Association of SA’s prestigious Gordon Burn Wood Trophy for most-meritorious sailing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 15 – 000192

1989. “Shipshape Navy-Style – Grub, Too!”. There have been sighs of relief that one of the most vital elements in yacht racing has been supplied to the South African Navy entrants in the Crystic Beachcomber Crossing – food.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 08 15 – 000194

1994. “Meek Not So Mild in Lipton Race ”. ·After an absence of several years, Geoff Meek yesterday made it clear he intends to challenge the dominance of Chris King and Rick Nankin of Zeekoevlei Yacht Club in the Joko Lipton Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 08 15 216

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