On This Day – 12 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.

1969. “Yachting Mystery Deepens”. As American aircraft from the Azores gave up their search of the Atlantic this morning, yachting experts here tried to solve the mystery of how the round-the-world sailor, Donald Crow vanished from his trimaran Teignmouth Electron.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 12 – Pfotenhauer – 000047

1968. “Wind Foils Yachtsman Sully”. · Light winds appear to have foiled John Sully’s chances in the Flying Dutchman world championships being sailed in Naples this week. These conditions brought no sorrow to England’s Rodney Pattison, however, as he has once again driven home the fact of his absolute mastery in this class.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 12 – Pfotenhauer – 000075

1968. “L.M. Race Winner”. The trip to Lourenco Marques will be remembered for a long time – possibly longer than the race itself. . .
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 12 – Pfotenhauer – 000011

1984. “Protest Ends Yacht Races”. A dramatic two-hour protest ended the sailing yesterday of the Crystic Ocean Challenge after the fourth race. The event is being held offshore from Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 07 12 – Crystic Ocean Challenge – 094

1989. Holliday Leads All the Way”. Very light and switching winds combined with a heavy chop on the sea made conditions difficult in yesterday’s second round of the Manser Saxon-Brilliant Signs Laser national championships off Durban yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 07 12 045

1991. “Drama As Three Yachts Disqualified”. After the first three days of heavy wind racing in the Crystic Week yachting challenge off Durban, the last two days have been light, with yesterday’s racing being sailed in ideal conditions.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 12 311

1994. “Heavy Seas Cause Havoc for Neal”. Heavy seas over the past four days have seen Briton Robin Davie overhaul South African sailor Neal Petersen in the BOC Transatlantic race from Falmouth to Charleston.
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To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 07 12 670

1994. “Yachtsman Lost Off Boat in Wild Seas”. A Richard’s Bay yachtsman was swept overboard in wild seas, off the Zululand coast yesterday morning, leaving his wife drifting alone in their storm-battered boat near the Mozambican border.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 07 12 672

1996. “Junior Sailors Real Regatta Heroes”. After two days of no racing due to inclement weather, and two days of heavy weather racing, the pace at the NCS Regatta slowed down considerably today, with most competitors not getting off the water until after dark as sailing was delayed until the light and flukey winds steadied at approximately 1pm.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 07 12 715

1997. “NSRl Members Chosen for Clipper Thriller to Brazil”. Three National Sea Rescue Institute members have been picked to accompany Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on the next leg of the Clipper Around the World yacht race to Salvador, Brazil.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 07 12 788

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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