On This Day – 16 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. “Island Club Yacht Racing”. The wind was light and variable for the Island Sailing Club’s Winter Series class races sailed on Durban bay on Saturday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 16 COMBINED573 39

1988. “Rifle-and-Bible Seaman Sails”. Robin Knox-Johnston sailed from Falmouth on Friday, third man to set off in the Sunday Times Golden Globe race around the world. His 32 foot teak ketch Suhaili, he admitted, was still “a bit of a bog” inside.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 16 – stitched final

1970. “Famous French Yachtsman for Big Race”. One of the world’s best-known ocean racing yachtsmen, the French naval lieutenant, Eric Tabarly, is now a firm entry in next year’s trans-Atlantic race from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro on January 16.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 06 16 458_Redacted

1982. “Sailing by Norman Sheriff”. The Lipton Cup challenge event finishes today with indications that the series will again become an annual event.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1982 06 16 731

1988. “Couple Describe the Lonely ‘Hell’ of Yacht Drama”. A Canadian couple have described the “hell” of watching ships go by as they drifted helplessly in the South Atlantic in a disabled yacht after pitch poling twice in a storm.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 16 945

1998. “Frenchman Cuts Six Days Off Transatlantic Record”. A French solo sailor in a flying, fibre-glass trimaran, Fleury Michon, set a world speed record for a single-handed transatlantic crossing yesterday when he crossed the finish line off
Newport, Rhode Island, in the Carlsberg Transatlantic yacht race in 10 days and nine hours.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 16 13

1993. “Ainslie’s Tough Choice”. Now we’re tacking clear of the Doldrums of sporting isolation, it would appear there are more international events open to South Africans than barnacles on the bottom of a Liberian tramp steamer.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 06 16 832

2000. “The Winners In·the Kerry-Lee Regatta”. The East Rand Yacht Club hosted the very popular and prestigious Kerry-Lee regatta on June 3 and 4. The regatta originated in 1990 as a result of fundraising for a young Umkomaas girl of the same name born without arms.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 06 16 964

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