On This Day – 11 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 Still Among Leaders”. There was a slight change in lead as the ninth day of the transatlantic singlehanded yacht race drew to a close.
“Formidable Hazards Face Bruce” Somewhere out in the North Atlantic to-day Bruce Dalling is fighting a lone battle against some of the most formidable hazards that a yachtsman can face on the high seas: ice, fog, gales, shipping and sheer fatigue.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 11 – OSTAR 767

1986. “Voortrekker in Trouble”. Tuna Marine Voortrekker, the South. African entry in the double handed Transatlantic Yacht Race, had a close call with a container ship as she battled through stormy weather in the early stages.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 06 11 059

1988. “Reed Verstom Wereld in Atlantiese Vaart”. Die ervare Springbok-seiljagvaarder Bertie (Biltong) Reed op die jag Invertex Voortrekker is besig om die seiljagwereld te verstom met sy baas ongelooflike vertoning tot dusver in die Carlsberg-Trans-Atlantiese seiljagwedvaart vir alleenvaarders.
TRANSLATION: “Reed Stuns World in Atlantic Race”. Experienced Springbok yachtsman Bertie (Biltong) Reed on the yacht Invertex Voortrekker has stunned the world of yachting with his incredible performance so far in the Carlsberg Transatlantic Yachting Challenge for solo sailors.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 11 9

1991. “Davis Predicts A Classic Race”. The handicap challenge for overall honours in this year’s Crystic Beachcomber Crossing from Mauritius to Durban is hotting up fast.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 11 723

1991. “Massive Sponsorship in the Offing for John Martin”. Fresh from victory with Bertie Reed in the BOC Transatlantic race a determined John Martin returned to Cape Town over the weekend facing a race against time to tie up a multimillion rand sponsorship for next year’s Globe Challenge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 11 724

1991. “Phantom Yacht Sightings Turn Out to Be Mistaken”. The aptly-named yacht Phantom, missing from Simon’s Town yacht basin since May 26, has not been found – in spite of a R10 000 reward being offered for its return.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 11 408 18

1992. “SA Sewende in Seiljag”. Die Suid-Afrikaanse seiljagvaarders Dave Hudson en Dave Kitchin het vandeesweek goed weggespring in die Flying Dutchman regatta om die Europese titel. Ondanks ‘n vroee terugslag het hulle sewende geeindig in die eerste wedvaart in Toulon, Frankryk.
TRANSLATION: “SA Seventh in Regatta”. South African yachtsmen Dave Hudson and Dave Kitchin got off to a good start in the Flying Dutchman regatta for the European title this week. Despite an early setback, they finished seventh in the first race in Toulon, France.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 06 11 421 22

1993. “Budding Sailors”. Local sailors took top honours at the recent Natal senior provincial Mirror Championships hosted by Island Sailing Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 06 11 836

1993. “Missing Sailors Believed Murdered”. Escaped convicts from a remote Madagascan penal colony are believed to have murdered the missing Durban yachtsman, Mr Trevor Walch, and his German crew-member, Miss Christine Kaelbe, and then plundered their yacht, Magic Carpet.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 06 11 837

2003. “Grassy Park Teenager Joins World Yacht Race”. Marvin Sampson, a 19-year-old student from Grassy Park has left for Mauritius where he joins the fleet of Clipper Round the World Yachts to race the 5th Leg from Mauritius to Cape Town and then onto Salvador, Brazil, a distance of 5 800 miles.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2003 06 11 019

2007. “Shosholoza Has Given SA A New Face, Says Tutu”. In one stroke, Team Shosholoza – South Africa’s first challenger for the 2007 Americas Cup – had been able to present a visual image to the world of what the country hoped to become, Archbishop Emeritas Desmond Tutu told a press briefing hosted at the South African base in Valencia, Spain on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2007 06 11 069

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