On This Day – 30 April. 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.

1984. “Skipper Tells of Sinking of Yacht”. The four-man crew of the South African Navy entry in the Vasco da Gama Durban to East London yacht race, the Cape of Good Hope, told today of their 12-hour ordeal when their yacht was battered and finally sunk by huge waves off Scottburgh on the Natal South Coast.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 04 30 10 30 april 1984 Rubicon_10

1990. “Tight Sailing for Honours in First Leg of Dias Race”. High in the North Atlantic Ocean there is a real needle match for first leg honours in the Portnet Dias Trophy yacht race between SAA Voortrekker II and Grinaker who are once again sailing within sight of each other with a mere two miles separating them.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 30 935

1991. “’You Have to Be Crazy to Enter A Race Like This’”. Just the prospect of spending eight months alone at sea keeps all but the most foolhardy sailors out of the 43 200 kilometres BOC Challenge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 30 406 56

1992. “Conner Comes Roaring Back”. Yachtsman Dennis Conner pulled yet another rabbit out of his year-old Stars and Stripes and has evened the best-of-13 Americas Cup defender finals with Bill Koch’s America3 at 4-4.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 30 053

2007. “Shosholoza is Talk of the Town At Top Yachting Event”. There are some strange pronunciations, but the word Shosholoza is on everyone’s lips at Port America’s Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 04 30 731

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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