On This Day – 17 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.

1992. “SA Pair Second in First Race for World Crown”. The South African Fireball team achieved an impressive second place in the first race of the world championships in Wilmington, North Carolina.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 05 17 184

1995. “2 PE Sportsmen Missed the Wind”. Two of Port Elizabeth’s watersport stars have just returned from a week-long yachting and boardsailing clinic at Lake Chivero in Zimbabwe, where they were guest tutors.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 05 17 348

1995. “Kiwis Are At the Top of the Sailing World”. As Team New Zealand basks in the glory and praise of their efforts in winning the America’s Cup – world yachting’s top prize and the world’s oldest sporting trophy – talk is already centering on 20 challengers launching campaigns to win it off them in Auckland in four years time.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 05 17 349

2001. “Hobie Snatches Line Honours”. A beautiful winter’s day greeted the HMYC fleet for Race 2 in the Von Klemperer series held at Midmar on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 05 17 601

2006. “Grinding Out Special Place on Shosholoza”. Reinhardt Rauscher, 20, of Boksburg, Gauteng is not only the youngest crew member in Team Shosholoza but has also entered for the 2007 America’s Cup to compete in the Valencia Louis Vuitton Acts 10 being held off Spain.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 05 17 659

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