On This Day – 14 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. “Heavy Seas Lash Yachts”. Sir Thomas Lipton, the British entry believed to be leading in the transatlantic yacht race, had a struggle on Wednesday against freak weather conditions which skipper Geoffrey Williams explained were due to “rapid clearing of a cold front.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 14 – OSTAR 777

1986. “ WP Four Plan Raid on Lipton”. Cape Town yachtsman Etienne van Cuyck and his four-man crew are ready to do battle for the Lipton Cup in Durban on July 14.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 06 14 476

1988. “Martin Second Among Atlantic Monohulls”. Solo yachtsmen John Martin and Bertie Reed continue to shine among the 90-odd surviving competitors heading for Newport, Rhode Island, in the Carlsberg solo transatlantic yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 14 944

1988. “ Ocean Veterans’ Yacht Towed Into Table Bay”. The trawler Pioneer IV arrived in Table Bay today with the damaged Canadian yacht Irene in tow.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 14 13_Redacted

1990. “Martin Brothers Still Leading Race”. John Martin and his brother Ian are still leading narrowly in the Two-man Trans-Atlantic race from Plymouth to Newport, but expect to increase their lead because stronger wind has been predicted by British weathermen.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 06 14 388 9

2000. “Yo Ho Ho • • • and A Bottle of Marmite!”. Surviving the treacherous waters and deep freeze temperatures of the south Atlantic’s Roaring Forties with little more than Marmite and Black Cat peanut butter is just one of the “vasbyt” experiences some young seafarers from the southern suburbs have had recently.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 06 14 959

2009. “Durban’s N3 Yacht on Road to Recovery”. Few motorists will easily forget the sight of a massive yacht stranded in the middle of Durban’s N3 on Thursday morning, with the vessel’s first voyage ending not on the waterways, but on the highway.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2009 06 14 689

2010. “Cape to Rio Yacht Race Has Brazilians’ Full Support”. Brazil is taking very seriously both the forthcoming Cape to Rio Yacht Race and South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2010 06 14 076

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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