On This Day – 1 July. 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. “World Yachtsman Becalmed”. Round-the-world lone yachtsman, Alec Rose, was reported becalmed off the south-western tip of England today – but with fresh supplies of beer and champagne to keep his spirits up.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 07 01 COMBINED575 1

1968. “No Sign of 23 Yachts in Atlantic Race”. While the three finishers rested yesterday, no other solo sailors were in sight at the finish point of the one-man transatlantic yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 01 860

1968. “Dalling’s Backers Will Not Protest”. Neither Bruce Dalling nor his official backers will enter a protest against the victory in the single-handed transatlantic race by the British yacht Sir Thomas Lipton.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 01 865

1989. “Blue-water ‘Grand Prix’”. Tonight sees the final skippers’ briefing for one of the most prestigious yachting events in the country – the Crystic Ocean Challenge 1989. It marks the start of a week-long event of blue-water keelboat racing in which some of the top yachts and skippers will compete.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 07 01 – NCS REgatta – 688

1989. “Seamanship the Key in Crystic Challenge”. (2-page newspaper spread).  The premier event on the annual keelboat yachting calendar – the Crystic Ocean Challenge – will once again see top skippers from around the country doing battle in waters off Durban from tomorrow.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 07 01 – stitched final – NCS Regatta Supplement – Mercury

1994. “Provoyeur Takes Up the Challenge”. Jacques Provoyeur is entering the BOC round the world yacht race with a boat he built himself – for Bertie Reed.
‘Its been my dream to do the BOC since building the boat and it seemed inappropriate that it was here and not going round the world. So my reasons are partly personal and partly patriotic.”
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 07 01 618

1997. “Strife Hits Hong Kong Handover Yacht Race”. A round-the-world yacht race to mark the occasion of Hong Kong’s handover to greater China arrived In cape Town yesterday – clouded in strife and controversy – involving Englishmen Sir Robin Knox-Johnson and Jimmy Cornell, two of world sailing’s most famous yachtsmen.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 07 01 750

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 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