On This Day – 10 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. “Stormvogel Leads in Yacht Race”. Stormvogel, skippered by C. Bruynzeel of Stellenbosch, took the lead yesterday in the field of 33 competitors racing from Bermuda to the Baltic port of Travemunde.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 10 – Pfotenhauer – 000149

1968. “Dalling ‘The Next 10 Days Were A Bit of A Nightmare’”. ·The second week of the transatlantic race opened with a south-westerly gale, followed by a westerly gale rising to Force 9. The next 10 days were a bit of a nightmare.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 10 – stitched final – 292-1

1969.   “S.A. Makes Her Cowes Debut”. Cowes Week, which for nigh on two centuries has been considered the premier event in the sailing world, always takes place at the peak of the ocean-racing season in Europe. It is the Ascot of the yachting fraternity, when all the best-known sailors come together for a few days’ strenuous racing and even more strenuous socializing. This year it is scheduled to he between July 28 and August 8.
For South Africa, normally a ·already
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 10 – 312 –

1984. “Yacht Race Turns on A ‘Side’ Issue”. Yachtsmen in the 1984 Crystic Challenge racing championships off Durban yesterday, had a tough time dealing with very light winds, which resulted in a late start and the course being shortened.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 07 10 – Crystic Ocean Challenge – 081

1987. “Search for Missing Yacht Called Off”. The search for the crew of the yacht Jaluka, which was reported to have sunk in False Bay, off Strandfontein on Wednesday night, was called off at noon yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 07 10

1991. “Police Catch Stolen Yacht After 12 Km Chase”. A stolen Brazilian yacht, which slipped into Durban Harbour undetected on Friday night, has been impounded and three Portuguese men have been arrested by the Water Police after a 12 km sea chase.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 10 336

1991. “Men Overboard As Things Get Rough”. A strong north-easterly wind which whipped up a large and rough swell caused drama and damage during yesterday’s third day of Crystic Week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 10 339

1993. “Kate’s Riding High After Sinking in the Atlantic”. Former shipwrecked sailor Kate Elkington, 30, who lost most of her belongings when the yacht, Baltic Wind, sank in the Atlantic, is smiling from ear to ear although she has only R38,60 in the bank.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 10 534

1993. “Sailor Maestro in the Doldrums”. After 60 000 miles sailing solo around the globe, yachtsman John Martin is finding it almost impossible to get a yacht in which to go to sea.
Nine times Springbok yachtsman John Martin has almost given up hope of ever sailing competitively again.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 10 544

1997. “Yachting Legend Takes Streetkids to Sea and Mandela Signals Blessing”. When legendary British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnson took a group of streetkids sailing yesterday word reached President Nelson Mandela in London.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 07 10 783

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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