On This Day – 20 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. “Hope for De Kat: Dalling Silent”. A large-scale search for missing yachtsman Joan de Kat continued yesterday as the 18th day of the solo transatlantic yacht race drew to a close. The liner Empress of England, with more than 500 passengers on board, yesterday joined the search for De Kat, who is adrift on a liferaft following the break-up of his 50-ft. trimaran Yaksha.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 20 – OSTAR 794

1986. “No Report Made by SA Yacht”. The Plymouth headquarters of the Carlsberg transatlantic yacht race said yesterday it had not heard from the South African monohull Tuna Marine Voortrekker since Tuesday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1986 06 20 475

1987. “Yacht Collides with Freighter Off Cape Point”. An 8,5-metre glass-fibre yacht was holed when it collided with a freighter off Cape Point in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The yacht, which remained afloat; was later towed into Hout Bay by a National Sea Rescue Institute vessel from Station 8.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 06 20 518

 

1992. “Sailor Confronted by Angry Whale”. Anthony Steward, who is attempting to circumnavigate the globe in a 5,8 metre open dinghy, had some anxious moments this week when an agitated whale took an instant dislike to his boat NCS Challenger.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 06 20 781

2004. “Zulu Storm Bears Down On the America’s Cup”. Shosholoza! Make way, here come the Zulus. It is a bright blue and gold winter’s morning in Cape Town as the sounds of the Zulu work song echoes against the centuries-old stone of the Victoria & Alfred basin. The high-tech training yacht Shosholoza is setting out for a day’s work on the waves. Stimela, sphuma, South Africa! Here comes the steam train.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 06 20 – stitched final – 049

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