On This Day – 8 September. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett

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

1967. “Great News for S.A.”. Great news for South Africa is that the World 505 Association has confirmed that the class’s World Championships will be held here in 1972.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 09 08 – Pfotenhauer – 000108

1970. “The Yacht Being Built 10 Miles From the Sea”. Some 10 miles from the sea and standing on a lawn at Mandini, is a 49ft. cruising ketch that may be an entrant in the Cape to Rio race early next year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 09 08 – stitched final – 552_Redacted

1988. “Kiwi Challenger Given A Thrashing”. Stars and Stripes yesterday thrashed New Zealand, as expected, in the opening race of a best-of-three America’s Cup yachting series.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 09 08 8_Redacted

1990. “Biltong Bertie’s Ready for His Last Major Race”. The countdown is on for the start of Bertie Reed’s third BOC single-handed round-the-world race. ·
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 09 08 392 3

1990. “Fairer Sex Take to the Decks”. In an adventure once dominated entirely by men, two women sailors are to challenge for the first time a 25-boat fleet of super hi-tech racing yachts sailed by some of the world’s best racing yachtsmen in a singlehanded race round the world.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 09 08 392 6

1992. “Race Officials Set for Marathon Yacht Watch”. Cape Point race officials will battle to keep their eyes open for 48 hours while monitoring one of the most gruelling yacht races in the country this weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 09 08 426 10

1996. “Glass Gets the All-clear and Takes Title”. Africa Glass’ crew, led by Geoff Meek and Martin Schultz, are the 1996 Lipton Cup Challenge champions.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 09 08 204

2004. “Shosholoza Blows French Boats Away”. Team Shosholoza might have come Marseilles to learn about America’s Cup racing, but they have ended up teaching some of the best in the world a few tricks.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 09 08 469

2005. “Surprise Winner in Yachting Warm Up. With one boat still to report for the start on Saturday of the Mauritius to Durban yacht race, seven of the anticipated fleet of 12 yachts were in action in yesterday’s Grand Baie Challenge Cup warm-up race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 09 08 500

2010. “Cape to Rio Race Looks North”. John Martin, one of South Africa’s most celebrated yachtsmen, hopes that next year’s Cape to Rio race will attract sailors from the north.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2010 09 08 584

Comments, thoughts and contributions are welcome. Email: editor@sailing.co.za

About “On This Day”
It was towards the end of September last year, yes 2019, that I started “On This Day. A Newspaper History of Sailing.” So nearly a year has passed without a day being missed and without there being any newspaper news or pics available in my newspaper archives to share.

It all started while I was 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 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, and that of our sport.

This is my personal crusade, and instead of simply archiving and keeping the contents away from prying eyes, I share my spoils in the hope that you will enjoy reminiscing as much as I do.

As of the end of September the format will change as it’s simply not sustainable to continue for another full year on a similar basis. I have some 25 000 scanned newspaper cuttings, and have used the best so far – but as in life some variation and change is required. What those changes are I have not crystallised yet, and would enjoy feedback from followers of this Blog as to what they would like to see.

I have tons of material available – from every single issue of SA Yachting, Yachtsman RSA (newspaper – remember it?) and Sailing Inland & offshore Magazine. Between those publications – from October 1957 until June 2017 – a period spanning 60 years of coverage of the sport of sailing in this country – I have in my possession.

I am scanning every single issue of those 60 years – that’s 720 issues – and digitising them to get the fullest value possible from them. So far I have uncovered some incredible gems in their pages, and will share these as we go.

Plus I have a photographic archive of photographs in b/w negative format, colour negative, colour slide (transparency) and photographic prints I intend to scan, digitise and share with the sailing community at large.

But all this takes time – and is a slow process – so all I ask is for patience.

My plea thought – to all followers and everyone interested in the history of sailing in RSA, is to please assist me by sharing their personal archives, pics, press cuttings and whatever with me, so that I can scan them and share them. My promise is that I will treat them with the utmost care, and get them back to you safely.

To date, the response to “On This Day. A Newspaper History of Sailing” has been phenomenal, and it’s heartening to see how many people appreciate, LIKE and SHARE the material I have shared in the past year. And this is from ‘Saffers’ and others who have lived and sailed here, or have travelled internationally to sail here.

I am overwhelmed by the response – and thank all those who have personally 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.

As each scanned cutting and article is searchable, I am 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) – for those who want a record of his/her sailing career for the family archives.

I have already done this by scanning in excess of 18 000 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 as it all simply gets better every single day!

So sit back, grab a cup of your favourite brew, and enjoy what’s on offer today.