On This Day – 20 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.

1994. “Reed Gee Stuur Oor Aan Jonger Provoyeur”. Die veteraanseiljagvaarder Bertie Reed het gister besluit om liewer ‘n jonger Kaapse vaarder, J .J. Provoyeur, kans te gee om die volgende BOC alleen·vaart om die wereld aan te durf.
TRANSLATION: “Reed Surrenders Helm To Younger Provoyeur”. Veteran yachtsman Bertie Reed decided yesterday to give a younger Cape sailor, J .J. Provoyeur, the opportunity to take part in the next BOC singlehanded around the world alone race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 05 20 284

1996. “SA Olympiads Riding High on Danish Winds”. From Denmark where our sailors are competing in the Danish Spring regatta, comes the news that our Olympic three-man Soling team of Bruce Savage, Rick Mayhew and Clynton Wade-Lehman have finished sixth in the fleet racing, which puts them into the match racing finals.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 05 20 428

1997. “De Haan Family Flag Still Flying High on High Seas”. Rare genius and talent can be the only way to describe the characteristics of any Standard 7 pupil who is selected to represent South Africa in a national team competing against the world’s best in a world championship.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 05 20 423

1999. “Billowing Spinnakers”. The best wind of the series so far saw the keelers taking part in the Fritz von Klemperer Autumn Series Trophy speeding across Midmar Dam on Saturday afternoon with their spinnakers billowing before a five to 15-knot south easterly.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 05 20 519

2000. “42-boat Fleet in Frostbite Regatta”. The Frostbite regatta traditionally hosted by King William’s Town Yacht Club closed off the BSA sailing season last weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 05 20 572

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