On This Day – 21 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. “Rio-bound Yachtsman Ends Up in Vietnam”. Lone yachtsman Tom Corkill, who set sail from South Africa for South America a couple of months ago, has ended up on the other side of the world – in war-torn South Vietnam.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 21 – Pfotenhauer – 000167

1969. “Missing Yachtsmen: No Big Riddle – Veterans”. Veteran single-handed and long distance yachtsmen in the Cape believe the long arm of coincidence is responsible for the mysterious disappearance of the four lone round-the-world mariners who vanished from their yachts in the same area of the Atlantic this month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 21 – stitched – Pfotenhauer – 000034-1

1985. “Storm in A Tea Cup!”. When that great trader of the high seas, Sir Thomas Lipton, donated a prestige Cup to the Table Bay Yacht Club in 1908 for competition between boats of six to eight-metre class, he Insisted, did Lipton, that “gentlemanly sailing” prevail.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 21 472

1985. “Durban Yachtsmen Lead Lipton Cup in Cliff-hanger Race”. As the 1985 Lipton Cup Challenge fleet goes into the final race today, the whole series is a cliff-hanger with two Durban yachts vying for first place overall.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 21 473

1985. “Bevy of Beauties Challenge Salts”. A group of women sailors have launched an all-out challenge in a tough Indian Ocean yacht race to be sailed later this year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 21 – 000195

1990. “Winter is for Chatting and Mending”. The Cape’s winters are notorious for their cold and stormy conditions, and are hardly the right time for yachting. Most cruising yachts spend this time of year securely tied up at their moorings.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 07 21 389 12

2003. “Cupid Stows Away on Ocean Race to Rio”. So who says Cupid doesn’t wear a life-jacket and foul-weather gear?
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2003 07 21 962

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