On This Day – 12 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 Silent in Rough Weather”. Rough weather yesterday prevented South Africa’s Bruce Dalling in the ketch Voortrekker from making a scheduled radio call to the Baldock Station in Hertfordshire.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 12 – OSTAR 775

1986. “Bongers Wins Lipton Cup”. With only one race in the 1968 Lipton Cup series left yesterday Bobby Bongers, in Trickson, has scored only three penalty points in the first three races, which makes him overall winner of the challenge, no matter how badly he fares in the final race this morning. Far behind is Frank Waller in Tarpon, with 18. 7 points.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 12 COMBINED573 23

1990. “Martins Lead Fleet Away”. “So far so good – no fights!” says Springbok solo sailor John Martin of himself and his brother Ian as the two men tackle the two-man transatlantic yacht race from Plymouth in the UK to Newport in the US. The two men confess to being short tempered and enjoying frying eggs in a pot in this first delivery by Martin as he writes about the trials and tribulations of ocean racing. His column will appear every second day in The Daily News.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 06 12 388 4

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