On This Day – 19 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. “ Catamarans ‘Will Not Win’ Atlantic Race”. Designs for next year’s single-handed transatlantic yacht race were discussed by the Amateur Yacht Research Society in London last night. Mr Michael Henderson, designer of catamarans, said the boat he would like to build was a traditional monohull in preference to the multihulls-catamarans and trimarans.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 07 19 – 321

1970. “Rio Yacht’s Link with History”. The great nephew of Mr. A. W. Flitten, the first South African to circumnavigate the world in the yacht Cariad, is to follow in his uncle’s wake by sailing aboard her in the Cape-to-Rio race in January.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 07 19 510

1982. “Durban Yacht Wins Top Cup”. The crew of Fuel Free of the Point Yacht Club received the ultimate trophy in South African yachting this weekend – the Lipton Cup.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1982 07 19 – Lipton Cup – 729

1985. “B2 G2 Disqualified in Lipton Cup Race”. At the end of round four of the Lipton Cup Yacht Challenge being sailed off Durban, the final result has been thrown wide open.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 19 – 000199

1985. “Richard’s An Ace·yachtsman”. Richard Booth, a 14-year-old standard 7 pupil at Westville Boys High is this week’s Willards Sports Achiever. Richard won The Optimist Class at the Natal Schools Regatta from 1992 to 1995.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 07 19 587

1996. “Female Yachties Take A·break Before Setting Sail for Sydney”. After 40 days on open seas, the 10 all-women crew members of the yacht Elle Racing were tired, sunburnt and caked with seawater, a far cry from the super-model look fellow crew member Elle Macpherson is famous for.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 07 19 725

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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