On This Day – 18 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. “Dalling May Not Call Again”. Hopes of hearing again from South African Bruce Dalling during the single-handed transatlantic yacht race are considered slim here after his failures to come through audibly to the GPO Baldock station at the end of last week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 18 – OSTAR 816

1968. “Captain Jahns Tells How He Threw Away Money”. Captain Roald Jahns, master of a Norwegian cargo ship, and a keen photographer, was only mildly interested when his ship passed a small yacht recently and noted that it was flying a three-flag signal reading: “Please cable my position to Lloyd’s of London.”
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 18 COMBINED573 30

1982. “Wedvaart Om Lipton-beker Herleef Na Nege Jaar”. Na nege jaar gaan vanjaar weer meegeding word om Suid-Afrika se oudste seiljagtrofee, die Lipton-uitdaagbeker. Die trofee is in Suid-Afrika gelykstaande met die beroemde America’s Cup, een van die gesogste seiljagtrofee ter wereld.
TRANSLATION: “Race To Revive Lipton Cup After Nine Years”. After nine years, this year will again compete for South Africa’s oldest yacht trophy, the Lipton Challenge Cup. The trophy in South Africa is equivalent to the famous America’s Cup, one of the most sought after yacht trophy in the world.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1982 06 18 732

1991. “Lone Sailor Hoping for No More Drama in Round-world Trip”. Lone Durban yachtsman·Anthony Steward has reached the final leg in the Atlantic in an attempt to become the first man to circumnavigate the globe in the smallest open boat on record.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 18 762

1994. “Provoyeur Comes to the Rescue”. The one might be on a high tech Class I charger – the other on a smaller, slower Class II yacht, but they will both be racing around the world under the new South African flag.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 06 18 853

1997. “City Yacht Racer’s Arrival Imminent”. The city’s Kerryn Henwood (25) is just days away from docking in Durban at the end of another stage of the TSc Clipper ’96 Round-the-World yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 06 18 907

2004. “Police Open Inquest After Austrian Yachtsman Drowns”. ·Police have opened an inquest docket into the drowning of an Austrian yachtsman, whose vessel ran aground off Struisbaai on Wednesday night.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 06 18 047

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