“Talking Sailing” from my Archives. Zwartkops Centenary Regatta

All Springbok yachtsmen were invited – these are the ones who attended. Back row. Chris King; Sean Ferry; Unknown; Next row down. Eric Bongers; Brett Clark; Alec Stone; Unknown; 3rd row down. Unknown; Frank Collier; Warren Collier; 4th row down. Alf Johnson; Ernie Shaw; 5th row down. Ivan Gibbons; Geoff Myburg; Graham Snowball; Unknown; Nigel Sharples; Mick Whitehead; Front row. Unknown; Dave Hudson; Esme Girdlestone;

by Richard Crockett

There are moments in life when one feels something special about to happen, or, that simply being at an event feels very special. Well the Zwartkops Yacht Club Centenary Regatta was one of those moments as never before had so many Springbok yachtsmen competed against each other, let alone been at the same regatta.

Ivan Gibbons leading the fleet away from the start.
pic by Richard Crockett

In early 1984 when Zwartkops Yacht Club celebrated its centenary, besides hosting the SAYRA AGM and annual gala dinner at their club, they “pushed the boat out” so to speak and hosted a Springbok only regatta in Lasers to coincide with those events. Well the Springbok only label is not quite true as they boosted numbers with some of their top yachties most of whom were unlucky never to get the Springbok award.

The atmosphere was great, the competition keen, and the results of little importance other than it was won by Chris King with Ivan Gibbons the runner-up.

I cannot identify this guy, although this shows the spirit in which this regatta was sailed.

The pics say far more than any words will.

All the pics are from the archives of Richard Crockett & Sailing Publications.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:  1984 may pg 28 – Yachtsman RSA

This could be Geoff Myburg in a spot of bother?

What is “From My Archives” About?
After many years, in fact decades, of collecting material on our sport and wanting to sort and organise the information into an archive that was more user-friendly, I started with many boxes of newspaper cuttings I had. This entailed digitising and scanning every single one, and saving them in a chronological date order – a daunting task as there are in excess of 20 000 cuttings.

While doing this I decided to share my material in the form of “On this Day. A Newspaper History of Sailing”. That was at the very end of September 2019, and it ran daily with several newspaper cuttings per day for an entire year.

Chris King righting himself after a rare capsize.

In between archiving the newspaper cuttings I was also delving deeper into my photo and magazine archives which span a period of some 60 years from about 1957 to 2017. These too are being digitised.

So much that is interesting has caught my eye, I have decided that now is the time to start sharing this information too.

I have only just begun scratching the surface of my archives, but the joy I get from them every time I do some digging makes me determined to preserve the history of our sport and share it as far and wide as possible. It’s become a personal crusade – maybe even an obsession.

My Plea – Please Share Your Sailing History
If you are interested in preserving the rich history of sailing in RSA, my plea to you is to please assist me by sharing your personal archives, photos, press cuttings and whatever with me, committee records and more so that I can scan them and share them widely. My promise is that I will treat them with the utmost care, and get them back to you safely. So far Don Pfotenhauer; Richard Bertie; Dudley Dix; Dave Elcock; Frans Loots, Len Davies and others have shared their scrap books and files with me.

There are big gaps in my archives, so should you have material that you are willing to share please make contact (editor@sailing.co.za) and let’s chat.

Dave Hudson delighted that he is ahead of Ernie Shaw.

What is Possible
As each newspaper cutting and article is text-searchable, I am able to create presentation packs personally tailored to a person’s 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 created a stand-alone 4000+ page PDF document of 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 – and exciting.

Probably Frank Collier?
That looks like Geoff Myburg?
Ivan Gibbons taking things seriously!
Chris King in full control.
This could be Vaughan Clark?


Sharing From These Archives
Should you wish to copy, forward or share material from here, PLEASE acknowledge the source as: Sourced From the SAILING Mag Archives & Historical Records (www.sailing.co.za)

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