On This Day – 9 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.

1990. “Reed is Well Ahead”. Grinaker, Bertie Reed’s high-tech racer, is expected to sail into Jamestown harbour on St·Helena island about noon local time today, well ahead of the rest of the almost-becalmed Portnet Dias fleet.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 09 795

1991. “’Padda’ Has Meek on the Hop Looking for A Berth”. The jinx that has dogged Geoff Meek in th Crystic Beachcomber Crossing persists.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 04 09 970

1992. “Close-fought Regattas At Natal Champs”. The 1992 Natal Provincial Championship for J22s, held at Midmar at the weekend, proved to be one of the closest fought regattas seen in Natal recently, with the result hanging on the last race of the series.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 04 09 999

1993. “Point Yacht Club Celebrates Changes”. Point Yacht Club officially celebrated the opening of the newly completed extensions to their clubhouse earlier this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 04 09 272

1994. “Skipper Golding’s on Course to Sail Away with A World Record”. Mike Golding, the singlehanded sailor aiming to break a 23-year record for circumnavigating the world the “wrong way round” from east to west suffered a minor setback near the equator, breaking a spinnaker pole and tearing a sail.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 04 09 486

1995. “Rough Seas Test Laser Sailors in Nationals”. The weekend Gestetner Laser National Championship off East London provided some exciting sailing for the 77 sailors, most of whom are not used to open sea conditions.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 09 879

1997. “Durban Yacht Under Tow”. A Durban registered yacht, the Bullion is under tow and headed for Zaire after it was involved in a collision in the Atlantic Ocean at the weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 04 09 117

1999. “World Solo-sailing Line Honours Beckon Petersen”. When the starting gun fires in Punta del Este, Uruguay, Petersen, on his 42-foot No Barriers, will only have 6 000 miles left to the finish line in Charleston; US, to fulfil a dream he nurtured as a teenager while experiencing the stopover of the then BOC Challenge in the Mother City.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 04 09 284

1999. “Top Sailors Sink A Silly Racist Myth”. A Common misconception among the ignorant and prejudiced is that blacks don’t swim, can’t surf and would never want to sail.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 04 09 285

2006. “Award of Honour for SA Sailing Team”. A yacht club in one of the world’s smallest and oldest republics has singled out South Africa’s America’s Cup challenger Team Shosholoza as worthy of its highest honour.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 04 09 420

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 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