On This Day – 9 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.

1992. “Reaching for the Stars!” Durban Springbok sailor Bruce Savage, recently selected to skipper the South African Soling entry in the Olympics feels he and his crew have a reasonable chance of winning a medal.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 02 09 567

1994. “Large Fleet Challenges for Honours in Agulhas Race”. It was 1974, and yachting history was about to be made in the Agulhas race on the famous South African Navy entry, Voortrekker I, skippered by a 30-year-old Petty Officer named Bertie Reed and sailing with a crew of six including a young watch captain, Lieutenant John Martin.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 02 09 155

1995. “Petersen Bid to Finish BOC Race”. Although officially out of the BOC Challenge round-the-world yacht race, Cape Town sailor Neal Petersen is determined to finish the event – to show the youth that failure need not mean giving up completely.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 02 09 365

1997. “Optimists Full of Confidence”. Optimists are people who always look on the bright side of life. Right? Wrong! They are also regarded as the premier class for sailors below the age of 15.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 02 09 422

2000. “Weary Cape-to-Rio Sailors Arrive Home”. There was much celebrating last night when an Air Force aircraft touched down at 35 Squadron, bringing home several tired but exhilarated Cape-to-Rio sailors.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 02 09 543

2001. “Lone Sailor Rescued Off Saldanha As Yacht Sinks”. “It was a night of high drama for me, but I’m determined to complete my world record.”
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 02 09 594

2004. “Teenage PE Sailor Takes Top Honours in Dubai”. Teenage sailing sensation Justin Onvlee scored top honours at the 5th Dubai International Sailing Week regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   2004 02 09 969

2005. “Around-the-world Supersailor”. Ellen MacArthur liked to trot out a statistic or two when she was doing her round of interviews before setting out to break the world record for sailing solo around the globe.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2005 02 09 191

2006. “Missing Yacht Found 6 Months on”. The yacht Moquini found this week after being missing for six months probably capsized, giving its crew little chance of survival.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 02 09 208

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