On This Day – 11 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. “The Best Day’s Run”. When the wind came through off Newfoundland I was faced with three distinct problems. One was navigational, the second was that the wind never-seemed to come from the direction anticipated and the third was that I realised that having been·becalmed for·three days, the chances of still being in·the lead were slim.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 11 293

1968. “Two Years of Hard Work – But World Cruise Nears”. ·Two years of hard toil is nearing an end. Two years of sacrifice is almost complete. For two years now Mike and Hilda Timm of Clanthal, Natal South Coast, have spent every spare minute of every day building their 36-footer trimaran Audacious for the forthcoming world cruise.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 11 – Pfotenhauer – 000160

1969. “Did Yacht Sail Off As He Swam?”. Round-the-world yachtsman Donald Crowhurst has vanished in mid-Atlantic as he headed for home and victory in the London Sunday Times round-the-world race – leaving one of the biggest sea mysteries of recent times.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 11 – Pfotenhauer – 000048

1969. “Lone Sailor Missing”. Steamer picks up drifting trimaran. A trimaran sailed by round-the-world yachtsman Donald Crowhurst was found abandoned yesterday by a British steamer about 700 miles off the Azores.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 11 – Pfotenhauer – 000049

1969. “S.A.’s First Cowes Week”. 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.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 11 – STITCHED – Pfotenhauer – 000054-1

1984. “Young Crew Outclasses Rival Sailors”. The youngest crew in the Crystic Ocean Challenge is also proving to be the most able, having won three races at least four minutes ahead of the other older and far more experienced rival crews in their class.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 07 11 – Crystic Ocean Challenge – 074

1991. “Gone with the Wind”. Yachtsmen competing in the Crystic Week regatta were faced with weather conditions opposite to what they have experienced so far.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 11 322

1992. “Stranded Fishermen Rescued in High Seas”. Four fishermen whose skiboat capsized about six nautical miles off Richards Bay yesterday afternoon were rescued by the crew of the yacht, Auberge, which was returning to Durban after taking part in the Crystic Week Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 11 771

1996. “Ernie Making Sure”. Ernie Shaw’s AFI Warrior shot right to the top of the overall placings in the NCS Regatta yesterday with two convincing first places.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 07 11 711

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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