On This Day – 16 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. “Navy Looks for Stormvogel”. An air search was ordered by the West German Navy yesterday for the South African ketch Stormvogel, which was leading in the transatlantic Bermuda-Travemuende yachting race when radio contact was lost on Friday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 16 – Pfotenhauer – 000159

1968. “Government Acts to Set Up Sea Rescue Service”. A few days after the World Glory tanker disaster off Durban – in which 25 Greek seamen died – I wrote in this column that sea rescue operations along the South African coast are crude.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 16 – Pfotenhauer – 000161

1968. “Ra Skipper Heyerdahl Runs Into Trouble”. Puerto Rican coast guards last night intercepted distress signals from Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s papyrus raft Ra crossing the Atlantic.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 16 – Pfotenhauer – 000045

The Mayor of Cape Town, Mr Ferry, pages through a brochure on the English seaport of Plymouth, sent to him by the Mayor of that city. The brochure was handed to him by Captain Phil Nankin, Captain Superintendent of he SA Nautical Academy, General Botha, who has just returned to Cape Town after a short visit to Plymouth. Others in the picture are Mr. Justice Louis van Winsen (left) and Col. Stan Jeffrey (extreme right), who were among those attending a meeting in the Mayor’s Parlour to discuss the proposed South Atlantic Yacht race in 1971.

1969. “Scaring Victory Run for Yacht”. “Hair-raising” – that was how the winners of the 300-mile Lourenco Marques to Durban yacht race, yesterday described the last leg of their victory run.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 16 – Pfotenhauer – 000007

1970. “The Man Who is Tough – and Doesn’t Have to Prove it”. Eric Tabarly says little, avoids publicity and has the mild mannered mien of a man who knows he is extremely tough and does not have to prove it.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 07 16 538

1985. “Tight Finish in First Lipton Cup Yacht Race”. After the first round of the Lipton Cup yacht races this week the competition among the 23 entries is wide open.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 16 327 15

1985. “Dramatic Start to Lipton Cup”. The 1985 Lipton Cup regatta, the most prestigious yachting event in South Africa, got off to a slow but exciting and dramatic start offshore from Durban yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 16 – 000008

1993. “Broomstick Shaded for Line Honours”. After 12 days and more than 3 300 miles, Cape Town-built yacht Broomstick finished less than three hours behind Gold Cup Transatlantic winner Winston today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 16 492

1993. “Transvaal Trio Fight for Title”. With just one race to go in the NCS J22 Internationals, it looks like being a Transvaal yacht which will lift the overall international champion’s title.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 16 31

1994. “WP Women Just Pipped for SA Yachting Title”. So close, but so far could effectively sum up the Western Province women’s challenge in the J22 Nationals held on the Vaal Dam.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 07 16 683

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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