On This Day – 8 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.

1985. “Atlantic Yacht Race Deadline is Extended”. Heavy weather has struck the main body of the South Atlantic race fleet off the South American coast, causing the cut-off date for the race to be officially extended by five days.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 02 08 322 19

1986. “Yacht: Warrant Likely”. A warrant for the arrest of Mr Stewart Goslin, 35, of Wellington, who last week allegedly used a forged “bank-guaranteed” cheque for R210 000 to buy an ocean-going yacht, Alter Ego, will probably be issued in the next few days.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 02 08 957

1987. “’It’s Not That We Dislike the Aussies, We Just Want to Crush Them’”. The scenes at the San Diego Yacht Club as Dennis Connor, their most famous member, swept over the finishing line in Fremantle this week to win back the America’s Cup would undoubtedly have been regarded as a disgrace by the New York Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 02 08 28

1988. “Yacht Missing in Cape Gale”. A south-east gale forced two sea rescues in False Bay at the weekend – and a major air search was launched early yesterday for a missing Durban yacht and its two-man crew.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 02 08 713

1988. “Panther’s New Record Time for the Agulhas”. Fritz Palthe’s maxi yacht Panther took overall line honours in the Anglo-Alpha Agulhas Dias Race at Simon’s Town on Saturday morning in a new record time of 52 hr 45 min for the shortened, 447 nautical mile course.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 02 08 2

1988. “Sternagel Keeps His Bow Ahead to Win Vaal Title”. Ewalt Sternagel from the Transvaal Yacht club was a convincing winner in the J22 Transvaal Championships sailed on the Vaal Dam. Grant Davidge-Pitts, who was runner-up in the Nationals could only manage a third place behind Gordon Guthrie.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 08 02 2

1993. “3 Rio Yachts Disqualified”. Three Rothmans Cape-to-Rio yachts yesterday were notified of their disqualifications, while another four boats were given time penalties for rule infringements.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 02 08 780

1995. “’Sailing is A Hobby to Be Enjoyed, Not A Way of Life to Be Endured’”. To armchair observers, the question about the BOC Challenge single-handed around-the-world yacht race is just how tough it really is. That was fairly well answered by British BOC executive Nigel Rowe when he withdrew from the race at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 02 08 361

2005. “Record As Ellen Goes It·alone”. British sailor Ellen MacArthur has broken a solo round-the-world record with a time of 71 days 14 hours 18 minutes 33 seconds.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 02 08 186

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