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Blast from the past: Naas puts the boot in against Cavaliers


Blast from the past: Naas puts the boot in against Cavaliers

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1981 — Reigning world champion Jon Ekerold wins the 350cc race at the Italian motorcycle grand prix in Monza. It turned out to be the final victory of his career. He missed the final three rounds of the GP season because of injury and ended second on the rankings. He moved up to the 500cc class, but never enjoyed the same level of success. 

1982 — The Rand Daily Mail reports that a cross-country race between six schools from Johannesburg is cancelled because one of the teams, from St Martins, incorporated two black pupils. The other schools involved were Hoërskool Alberton, Varing, President, Fakkel and Marais Viljoen. One principal said the Transvaal education department had directed that parents must first give approval before their children can play sport against black pupils. The parents at his school had objected to their children competing in the event because of the two black runners.

1983 — Sailing the oldest yacht in the 17-strong fleet that set out from Newport on August 28 the previous year, “Biltong” Bertie Reed finishes second in the BOC Challenge single-handed around-the-world race. Reed completed the 43,452km (27,000-mile) stage epic that went from Newport to Cape Town to Sydney to Rio de Janeiro and back to Newport in 170 days 16 hours 51 minutes and 21 seconds, well behind French winner Philippe Jeantot’s world record 159 days, seven hours and 26 minutes and one second. Reed was widely hailed for his yachtsmanship, steering the 16-year-old Voortrekker that was used in international competition in 1968. It had been modified from a ketch into a sloop, but it was considered a dinosaur in comparison to the newly built vessels it raced against. It wasn't all plain sailing for Reed, whose 15.2m (50-foot) boat overturned in the roaring forties in mid-December. He was able to right it quickly, but described that as the most terrifying experience of his career. He tipped over a second time, losing a lot of fresh water which forced him to ration himself until reaching supplies at Deceit Island specially left for him by a Chilean fishing patrol ship. But he some good experiences too — at one point the captain of a passing Argentinian ship sent over a dinghy with a bottle of wine and note wishing him luck...

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