On This Day – 16 April. A Newspaper History of Sailing

A postcard from Bruce Dalling to Brian Lello.  Dated 16 April 1968.

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. “Winners of Natal Yachting Events”. Nicky Korving of the Island Sailing Club, won the Natal Sprog Championship sailed on Durban Bay at the week-end.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 16 COMBINED571 16

 

1987. “Martin and Arch Rival Jeantot Neck-and-neck”. Only three miles separate old adversaries John Martin in Tuna Marine Voortrekker II and Philippe Jeantot in Credit Agricole III in the BOC Challenge round-the-world yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 04 16 344 4_Redacted

1990. “Adventure of A Lifetime for Woman Who Lands Plum Job in Whitbread Race”. A holiday to the United Kingdom has turned out to be an adventure of a lifetime for Durban woman, Miss Monica Tingay who suddenly found herself involved in the gruelling 32 932 nautical miles Whitbread Around the World Yacht Race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 04 16 386 14

1995. “Top Yachting Team From Bombay to Take Part in World Event”. Three Indian sailing teams are to join 45 teams from around the world competing in an international yachting championship in Durban this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 04 16 904

1996. “Crew Plucked From Sinking Rio Yacht”. Three South African yachtsmen were plucked from the stricken Cape-to-Rio veteran ocean-racing yacht H20 International on Sunday night in a daring high seas rescue carried out in darkness 1 000 nautical miles from Cape Town.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 04 16 087

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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