On This Day – 31 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

365 days. 365 new opportunities. Happy 2020.

To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline.

1986. “Dramatic Kiwi Cup Triumph”. New Zealand snatched a dramatic 13-second victory from French Kiss yesterday after the two yachts collided on the last leg of their third America’s Cup challenger semi-final.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 12 31 800

1995. “’Been There, Seen That, Got the T-shirt’ – the 3 600 Nautical Mile Comrades”. The Rothmans Cape to Rio yacht race has often been likened to the Comrades ‘Marathon. Only a handful of competitors can seriously be considered as potential winners, and while there are also intriguing races within races, the bulk of the field is there simply for the fun and for the sense of personal achievement it offers.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 12 31 666

1995. “Fair Lies the Wind for Rio”. Line honours in the prestigious Cape-to-Rio yacht race, which starts from Table Bay harbour next Saturday, will be closely contested by three magnificent custom built boats, only one of which is a local entry.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 12 31 667

1998. “The Cape Doctor Prescribes the Right Muti for World Youth Armada”. When you sail for your country, a lot is at stake. That is why a virtual navy of 279 youths from 44 countries initially found the rather quiet pond that was Simon’s Bay so frustrating yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 12 31 957

2004. “Ys Kwel Vaarder Meeste”. Die Britse alleenvaarder Mike Golding op Ecover is nou net 40 seeniyle agter die Fransman Vincent Riou (PRB) in die derde plek terwyl die voorlopers Kaap Hoorn in die Vendee Globe-wereldvaart nader.
TRANSLATION: “Ice worries most”. British lone sailor Mike Golding on Ecover is now just 40 nautical miles behind Frenchman Vincent Riou (PRB) in third place as the runners-up approach Cape Horn in the Vendee Globe world race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 12 31 997

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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.

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 have, 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. Rathmines 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 8500 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