On This Day – 22 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.

1968. “Atlantic Race Still Unfinished”. After 50 days at sea two of the 35 competitors who set out from Plymouth in the transatlantic race have still not arrived at Newport. Goodwin II was said to be expected hourly while I was still in Newport – and that was two I weeks ago.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 22 861

1968. “Dalling Yearns for Quiet Life”. ·”All I want to do is get back to the quiet life I enjoyed before all this happened,” Bruce Dalling said here yesterday. The young Springbok yachtsman arrived early yesterday after his flight from New York was delayed 15 hours.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 22 862

1969. “The Man Who Rowed the Atlantic”. John Fairfax had just had his first hot bath in six months.
“It Is impossible to describe what a wonderful experience that was,” he said.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 22 – STITCHED – Pfotenhauer – 000033-1

1985. “Voortrekker 20 Hours Behind After 4th Leg”. Voortrekker II finished the fourth leg of the Round Britain and Ireland race here early today more than 20 hours behind the leader, Thursday’s Child.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 22 – 000274

1994. “Megamotion Sails to Victory”. The Old Post Office Tree Guest House Regatta sailed over two days during last weekend, turned out to be a real humdinger. The local fleet, now sporting two “super yachts”, entertained Mossel Bay to some of the closest contested racing in the history of the town.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 07 22 589

1996. “Focus on Olympics As SA Yachties Prepare to Do Battle Today”. The spotlight turns to international sailing again this week where South African sailors have proven themselves on the international circuit.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 07 22 731

2000. “Deserted Greygirl Survives Storm to Sail Again”. The last time Brian Warwicker saw his yacht, he was being winched off the deck as she foundered in raging seas.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2000 07 22 880

2004. “Shosholoza Skipper Up Against World’s Best”. In a first for South African yachting, SA America’s Cup Challenge Team Shosholoza skipper Geoff Meek of Bakoven has been invited to race in the prestigious Swedish Match Tour, an annual professional match racing world championship series in which America’s Cup skippers compete by invitation only.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 07 22 981

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