On This Day – 5 February. 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.

1987. “Sea Harvest Race Popular”. The annual Sea Harvest race at Saldanha starts next Thursday and is becoming a popular event.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 02 05 25

1987. “Yachts: Warrants Still Out for Brothers”. Warrants are still out for the arrest of two Wellington brothers who with a dud cheque for R210 000 “bought” the luxury Cape Town yacht Alter Ego exactly a year ago, and sailed it to the Caribbean.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 02 05 24

1987. “Conner Repays His Debt in Full”. Dennis Conner, the man who lost the America’s Cup, won it back yesterday as his Stars and Stripes completed a 4-0 sweep against Australia’s Kookaburra III.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 02 05 23

1991. “The Boss Gets Set for Crossing”. The long-awaited duel between the two 65ft downwind flyers, ‘The Boss’ and ‘Get More Fun’, could take place during this year’s Mauritius to Durban Crystic Beachcomber Crossing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 02 05 856

1993. “Magic Finish As PE’s Witchdoctor Arrives”. Witchdoctor had a magic finish in the Cape-to-Rio race as the first Port Elizabeth yacht home at midnight Rio time on Wednesday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 02 05 791

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 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