On This Day – 1 August. 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.

1968. “No Hitches in ‘Operation Trekker’”. In a faultless yet complicated operation in which every minute counted, the transatlantic racing yacht Voortrekker was lowered back into the water from the·deck of the Safmarine freighter SA Weltevreden yesterday afternoon, in good time for Bruce Dalling to sail her ·back in triumph to Granger Bay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 08 01c – stitched final 334 – 801 –

1968. S. Atlantic Yacht Race Proposed”. At a rousing welcome-home reception for Bruce Dalling at Granger Bay, Cape Town, yesterday, Vice Admiral H. H. Biermann, Chief of the South African Navy, said South Africa should take a lead in arranging a South Atlantic yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 08 01a – stitched final 334 – 801 – _Redacted

1968. “2 Rescued in Path of Voortrekker”. More than 1,000 people who gathered at Granger Bay yesterday to welcome Bruce Dalling home, witnessed the rescue of two men and their high-powered speedboat, which began to sink almost in Voortrekker’s path near the harbour entrance.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 08 01b – stitched final 334 – 801 –

1985. “SA-built Yacht Flying Stars and Stripes”. Whitbread Round-the-World yacht race organisers say that they will make a port call in South Africa, despite “civil unrest.”
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 08 01 – 000202

1992. “Rum Tale of A Corpse and A Missing Yachtsman”. He doesn’t know it yet, but Anthony steward interfered with the Seychelles elections. He also gave your correspondent a terrible fright. Let me tell you a little island story.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 01 134

1994. “SA Sailors Shine”. South African sailors continue to shine in the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU) world sailing championships here as the final stages approach.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 08 01 171

1995. “Light Winds Scupper SA Challenge At Cowes”. The South African team, in their first Admiral’s Cup for 20 years, endured a disappointing day which saw them lose touch with the leaders yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 01 307

1996. “SA Sailors Not All At Sea”. South Africa’s yachting contingent at the Olympic Games won’t be bringing home any medals, but they will have plenty of memories.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 01 311

1996. “A New Challenge·for Able Seamen Hudson and Davis in the Lipton Cup”. All bets are on the Royal Cape Yacht Club’s MBS Challenger to successfully defend its title when the week-long Lipton Challenge Cup gets under way in Table Bay today, but the boat’s experienced co-skipper Dave Hudson has warned that this year’s event could be one of the closest in the history of the\regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 08 01 316

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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 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.

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