On This Day – 16 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.

1990. “‘No Need for PE to Put Up with Dump Dirt’”. Port Elizabeth residents should not have to put up with the dirt from the manganese ore dump in the harbour, although pollution levels were said to be acceptable.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 16 028

1990. “Teuteberg Opens A 19-mile Gap”. Hanno Teuteberg and his crew on SAA Voortrekker II are setting a cracking pace for line honours in the Portnet Dias race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 05 16 029

1992. “America3 Needs One Win”. BILL Koch’s America3 is one win away from doing what every US entry but one has done since 1851 – successfully defend the America’s Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 16 182

2001. “Yachting Cadets Meet Challenge”. Twenty young cadets from Aloe, Grassy Park, South Peninsula and Islamia high schools were given the rare opportunity to sail on the yacht BP Explorer – taking part in the BT (British Telecom) Global Challenge. They went on a short trip around the bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 05 16 600

2003. “New Yacht Could Herald ‘New Dawn’ for Ruth”. Ruth Goodman, the only woman skipper at the Hout Bay Yacht Club, finished in fifth position overall in the HBYC’s summer series.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2003 05 16 013

2006. “Victory for Team Shosholoza”. Team Shosholoza revelled in a turbo-charged start to finish victorious over the Italian +39 Challenge in light evening breezes to score their third match race win so far in the week long Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 10.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 05 16 661

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