On This Day – 2 August. 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.

1964. “Alone with the Atlantic”. Colonel H. G. ‘Blondie’ Hasler finished fifth in this year’ Transatlantic race for The Observer Trophy. Here is a condensed version of his log.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1964 08 02 – OSTAR –

1968. “Sad Dalling Relives His Lone Trip”. Bruce Dalling’s knuckles showed white as he clutched a grip-rail in the outer cabin of Voortrekker at Granger Bay yesterday and recounted some of the more terrifying moments of the 27 days in which he raced the Knysna-made ketch across a boisterous North, Atlantic.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 08 02 876

1968. “Bruce – and A Green Blazer in A Boot”. A couple of anecdotes from the triumphant return of Bruce Dalling. It was a magnificent occasion at the Nautical Academy, reeking with seafaring stage props. But one of the potential accessories was never seen.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 08 02 – stitched final – 877

1971. “SA Yachts Lag in Admiral’s Cup – But 3 Races to go”. The South African yachting team is reasonably satisfied with its first test in the stiff Admiral’s Cup series, the world’s premier event for yachtsmen. As Bruce Dalling, captain of South Africa’ s leading yacht, Jakaranda, commented : ‘Considering the mistakes we made, we didn’t do too badly.’
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1971 08 02 – Thirsty Bertie – 000025_Redacted

1992. “Never Say Die”. I won’t waste my second lease on life, says Steward.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 08 02 091

1993. “Vaal Yachts Throw Scare Into Cape Crews”. Since 1986, the R500 000 Lipton Cup – South Africa’s premier interclub sailing trophy – has been the exclusive property of Cape-based yacht clubs.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 08 02 155

1995. “Double Delight As SA Blow Away the Opposition”. South Africa enjoyed a highly-successful day as the United States tightened their grip on the Admiral’s Cup yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 02 616

1995. “Ainslie·Grabs 3rd in Flying Finn”. News from our Olympic hopefuls at the Pre-Olympics in Savannah, USA, is that Durban Finn sailor, Ian Ainslie, scored a third in his first race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 02 622

1995. “Local Sailors Suffer Wounded Egos”. “I don’t know what is wrong with the British, we taught the whole world how to play these sports and now they are coming back to thrash us”, bemoaned a British journalist at the Champagne Mumm Admiral’s Cup media centre this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 08 02 305

2004. “V&A Adds Class to Lipton Cup”. South Africa’s premier one-design regatta, the 2004 Lipton Challenge Cup regatta, will be sailed in Table Bay, Cape Town, from August 20-27.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 08 02 574

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