On This Day – 2 July. A Newspaper History of Sailing

How I would love to get hold of those scrap books to fill the gaps in my archives! Does anyone have any ideas as to where they may be today?

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 “Atlantic Race Protest Withdrawn”. The protest lodged in England by one of the trustees of·the Voortrekker transatlantic race venture against the declared result of the race has been formally withdrawn.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 02 – stitched final – 869-1

1970. “Durban Man to Supervise Mercury’s Construction”. Mr. Bob Lambert, technical assistant to the Marine Superintendent of Durban harbour, will fly to Germany later this month to supervise the construction of the 13-metre (42ft.) sloop Mercury. The Van de Stadt-designed ocean racing yacht is being built for the Natal Ocean Racing Foundation at De Dood and Son’s boatyard in Bremen, West Germany, and is entered for the Cape to Rio race which starts from Cape Town on January 16, 1971.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 07 02 511

1970. “Dalling’s Yacht From Pretoria”. This is the first sketch to be published in South Africa showing the streamlined lines of Jakaranda, Pretoria’s entry for the Cape to Rio race next year, to be skippered by Bruce Dalling.
1970. “Now, An All Girl Crew”. A crew with a difference will be entering the Cape to Rio yacht race. A crew in fact that will make the heartiest sailor and staunchest land-lubber reach for the nearest telescope.
To read the full reports, Click on the following LINK:  1970 07 02 513

1990. “Close Calls in Yachting Showpiece”. The first day of the Crystic Ocean Challenge got under way off Durban yesterday with 100 boats contesting the most sought after trophy in South African yachting.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 07 02 389 1

1993. “Helicopter Plucks 3 From Yacht”. An Air Force helicopter plucked three crew members from the deck of the sinking yacht Fortis yesterday in a text book maritime rescue just before the vessel slipped beneath the calm sea.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 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