On This Day – 18 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.

1967. “Prestige At Stake in Next Atlantic Race”. The pattern of next year’s solo Atlantic yacht race is already becoming clear. First, there is going to be a lot of national prestige at stake.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 07 18 – 275

1968. “Rubber Boat Around the Horn”. A 43-year-old Paris restaurateur plans to round Cape Horn in a 13ft. rubber dinghy, powered by an 18 horsepower outboard motor.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 18 – Pfotenhauer – 000170

1985. “B2G2 Storms Home Again in Lipton Cup”. In excellent sailing conditions the Point Yacht Club entry in the Lipton Cup Challenge, B2G2, stormed home to another win in the third race of the championship.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 18 – 000275

1991. “False Bay Poses Challenge in Top Regatta”. With a new boat at their disposal False Bay Yacht Club’s crack L26 team are gearing up to take the honours at next month’s prestigious Joko Lipton Challenge Cup regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 18 407

1992. “Lone Sailor Nears Home”. Lone around-the-world yachtsman Anthony Steward of Durban is due to arrive at the island of Mayotte in the Comores this weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 18 201

1993. “Cape Yachtsmen Dominate in International Event Off Durban”. Cape Town sailors again proved their dominance in yachting by taking the first three positions in the NCS international championships for the J22 class off Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 18 15

1994. “Kneen Family Tells of Rescue”. “I didn’t leave the yacht – it sank under me,” was how one of the survivors of Thursday’s yacht drama in the Indian Ocean described the ordeal.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 07 18 684

1996. “NSRI Rescues·stranded Yacht”. A local yacht that ran out of fuel while sailing under motor power from Hout Bay to Cape Town harbour has been rescued by a boat from the National Sea Rescue Institute’s Bakoven rescue station.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 07 18 724

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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