On This Day – 14 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.

1968. “No Plain Sailing”. The moment of triumph for Alec Rose, the round the world yacht man, is a bitter-sweet affair for his first wife, Barbara, the woman who hates small boats – but devoted 28 years of her life to making it easy for him to go sailing.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 14 – Pfotenhauer – 000157

1968. “Shipwrecked-with A Girl and A Cat”. In the log book of Rhodesian sailor Ken Liddiard. June 14, 1968, is an historic date.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 14 – Pfotenhauer – 000158

1968. “Progress by Lone Sailor”. Robin Knox-Johnston, one of the first three men to leave on the Sunday Times’ round-the-world, single-handed race, is making good progress on his outward passage down the west coast of Africa. He reported to his sponsors, The Sunday Mirror, last Thursday that his 32-foot ketch Suhaili was at 15 deg. N and 25 deg. W, just south of the Cape Verde Islands.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 14 – Pfotenhauer – 000174

1969. “Lost Yachtsman·Died A Hero, Claims Wife”. Searchers have closed the books on lone round-the-world voyager, Donald Crowhurst, with the theory that he fell overboard. His wife Insists in the belief that he died a hero trying to rescue another sailor at sea.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 14 – Pfotenhauer – 000053

1982. “Heavy Seas, Strong Winds Take Race Toll”. Fuel Free, the Point Yacht club challenger, showed her mettle yesterday to win the second race of the Lipton Cup which was sailed in huge seas and gale-force winds.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1982 07 14 – Lipton Cup – 642

1989. “David Looking Brilliant”. As the 73-strong Laser fleet competing in the Manser Saxon Brilliant Signs national championships go into the final round today, it looks all over bar the shouting for Durban skipper David Hibberd of the University of Natal Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 07 14 375 4

1995. “Sailing Home the Spirit of Lost Harry”. The 70-year-old British sailor was pursuing his lifelong dream – to round Cape Horn under sail and wear the gold earring reserved for sailors who have made the stormy passage.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 07 14 584

2004. “Yachting Stars From the South”. Five members of the South African team for the America’s Cup Yachting Challenge in Spain in 2007 – Sieraj Jacobs, Golden Mgedeza, Solomon Dipeere, Alex Runciman and Ashton Sampson – are from the Southern Mail area. They are training aboard a yacht called Shosholoza.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 07 14 971

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 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