On This Day – 13 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.

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To read the full reports, click on the LINK following each headline.

1969. “Robin Gives Up His £5,000”. The Sunday Times announces the launching of an Appeal Fund for the widow and four young children of Mr Donald Crowhurst, lost at sea while competing in the Sunday Times Round-the-World Race.
Last night, in a generous gesture, Mr Robin Knox-Johnston, the winner of the Golden Globe Trophy and now the winner of the £5,000 prize for the fastest time, announced that he would be donating this money to the Appeal Fund.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 13 – Pfotenhauer – 000008

1969. “Empty Yachts Baffle Experts”. ·A sea riddle to match the 19th century saga of the Marie Celeste is baffling experts trying to solve the mystery of five yachts found abandoned in the Atlantic.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 13 – Pfotenhauer – 000050

1982. “Buster Breaks Up Lipton Cup Racing”. The first race in the Lipton Cup – South Africa’s oldest yachting trophy – was abandoned yesterday because of gale-force winds.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1982 07 13 – Lipton Cup – 638

1984. “Ocean Challenge Regatta Ends As A Big Success”. The Crystic Ocean Challenge ends offshore from Durban today with the final round-the-buoys race for four of the classes and the IOR division 1 yachts finishing their gruelling race to Richards Bay and back.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 07 13 – Crystic Ocean Challenge – stitched final – 106

1990. “Crippled Yacht Taken in Tow Off Agulhas”. A crippled yacht whose sails were ripped to shreds in mountainous seas and gale-force winds off the Agulhas coast was taken in tow by the naval minehunter SAS Umhloti yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 07 13 389 11

1991. “Plain Sailing for Yachts”. A relatively light 12 to 15 knot wind set the scene for some highly competitive sailing in the final day of Crystic Week yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 13 306

1992. “Heroic Yachtsmen to Receive Award”. The crew of the yacht Auberge, who rescued four skiboat fishermen while competing in the Crystic Week overnight race from Durban to Richards Bay and back, will be given an award by the NSRI this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 13 371

1993. “Broomstick in Thrilling Ocean Duel”. It has become a thrilling duel in the Atlantic for South Africa’s much-fancied Broomstick as the Cape Town built winner of the Cape-to-Rio yacht race, harried by at least two other competitors almost within sighting distance, heads on her final westerly leg to Southampton, the finish line in the TransAtlantic Gold Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 13 510

1993. “Upsets As Winds Have the Final Say”. Light and flukey winds resulted in plenty of upsets in the NCS J22 International championships yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 13 50

1995. “Rivals Join Forces to Launch Strong Challenge At Cowes”. At the culmination of Rothmans Week in December, it might have seemed improbable that Geoff Meek and arch rival Ellian Perch would emerge just six months later as kingpins in South Africa’s return to the world sailing stage at the Admiral’s Cup In Britain.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 07 13 601

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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