On This Day – 10 June. 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. “Dalling is Among the Four Leaders”. With the single-handed transatlantic yacht race now in its eighth day, reports have confirmed that Bruce Dalling, in Voortrekker, is among the four probable leaders.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 10 – OSTAR 780

1968. “City Man Wins in Sprogs”. Nicky Korving, of Durban, won the Sprog Class in a regatta at Port· Shepstone during the week-end.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 10 COMBINED573 24

1968. “L.M. – Durban Yacht Race – good Entry”. Sixteen yachts have entered for the Lourenco Marques – Durban race beginning on July 6. This is the second race of its kind, and the large fleet augurs well for the future of the event.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 10 COMBINED573 21

1968. “McCurrach to Sail in Europe”. The Springbok yachtsman, Bruce McCurrach, will fly to Europe this week to compete in a series of Finn regattas. His trip will culminate in the Finn Gold Cup on the Thames Estuary at the end of this month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 10 COMBINED573 21b

1968. “Bongers is Leading in Lipton Cup”. After a bad start well down to leeward, Skipper Bobby Bongers, in Trickson, gained the lead with some imaginative and skilful sailing to beat Sunmaid (Skipper C. Bowley) in·the second round of the Lipton Cup challenge sailed in tough conditions on Table Bay on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 10 COMBINED573 21c

1968. “Yachtsman Nears His Home”. Mrs. Dorothy Rose, wife of round-the-world yachtsman, Alec Rose, has received a report that he is only 1,600 miles from home.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 10 COMBINED573 25

1988. “Race-leader Hits Whale”.  A high-speed chase for the lead in the TransAtlantic single-handed yacht race ended dramatically yesterday when the giant Canadian-owned multi-hull Fujicolor skippered by Mike Birch collided with a whale.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 10 8

1992. “Savage and Crew Secure Fourth Spot”. Durban’s Bruce Savage and his Olympic Soling crew of Rick Mayhew and Giles Stanley were placed fourth overall yesterday in the Denzil Cup Championships in Warnemunde in the former
East Germany.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 06 10 421 20_Redacted

1999. “Yacht Was in Survival Mode”. The man accused of sailing past a stricken competitor in last year’s Sydney-Hobart race has given an emotional defence of his decision not to turn back and help a yacht from which a British Olympian was swept to his death.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 06 10 943

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 10 000 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