On This Day – 19 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. “Atlantic Hunt for Lone Sailor”. Aircraft and ships combed the Atlantic last night for a lone French yachtsman adrift in a rubber lifeboat after his trimaran broke up 600 miles west of the Irish coast.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 19 – OSTAR 776

1970. “Mercury Crew Trials Begin”. Crew selection trials for the Province of Natal’s 13-metre (42ft.) ocean racing yacht, Mercury, begin tomorrow. The first 10 prospective crew members will be given deep·sea tests aboard three Durban-based yachts – Tub, Columbine and Seereiger.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 06 19 468

1987. “Collision Off Cape Point”. A Panamanian ship and the NSRI were involved in a dramatic rescue off Cape Point early today after a Swedish-owned yacht with two men on board was involved in a collision and started leaking dangerously.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 06 19 517

1988. “PE Entry in Durban Yacht Race”. The ensign of Port Elizabeth’s Zwartkops Yacht Club will be flown in Durban next month when, for the first time in many years, Port Elizabeth will have an entry in the annual Crystic Ocean Challenge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 19

1989. “Solo Skipper Lets Out Dream Yacht’s Secrets”. South African solo yachtsman John Martin is determined to skipper his way to new world records – and he believes a new hi-tech dream racer will help him do it.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 06 19 374 1

1990. “Brothers Silenced in Yacht Race”. Brothers John and Ian Martin, sailing Allied Bank in the Two-Man Transatlantic Race from Plymouth to Newport, have lost radio contact with the race headquarters and have been unable to report their position.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 06 19 388 10

1991. “Big Setback for ‘Open Boat’ Hero”. ·The tiny open boat in which lone Durban yachtsman Anthony Stewart (27) is attempting to make the·first circumnavigation of the globe has been dismasted in a squall.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 19 756

1997. “German Round The·world Yacht Sails Into Durban”. Crossing the finishing line at Durban’s Point Yacht club last night the Norddeutsche Vermogen Hamburg became the first yacht to stop over in Durban in a round-the-world-yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 06 19 909

1997. “Gutsy Rescuers Brave Gale to Reach Yacht”. Gutsy National Sea Rescue Institute volunteers braved galeforce winds and driving swells to reach a yacht in distress off the KwaZulu-Natal coast last night.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 06 19 910

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