On This Day – 13 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.

1987. “Cup Venue Dispute Settled”. A dispute between Dennis Conner and the San Diego Yacht Club for whom he won the America’s Yachting Cup earlier this year has been settled without the need for arbitration.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 06 13 2

1988. “Frenchman Poupon Chasing His Own Record”. French sailor Philippe Poupon holds the lead in the single-handed transatlantic yacht race, said a race spokesman.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 13 10

1990. “No Sign of Two Yachtsmen Washed Overboard”. No sign has yet been found of the two yachtsmen washed overboard the yacht Vyndi off Cape St Francis on Monday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 06 13 124

1990. “Sailing Martin Brothers Strike Huge Log At·high Speed”. The Martin brothers’ yacht Allied Bank has struck a huge log while racing in the two-man Trans-Atlantic Race·from Newport to Plymouth.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 06 13 388 5

1991. “Tiny Yachts Ideal for Veranda Vikings”. Yachties in Port Elizabeth will be able to enjoy the excitement of sailing without getting their feet wet when local sailor Mush Hide begins production of radio-controlled yachts.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 13 408 19

1991. “SA Yacht in 11th Spot in J22 Regatta”. Two South African teams have started their bids in the J-22 world championships regatta, which is being hosted by New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 13 408 20

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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 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