On This Day – 23 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. “Drama on A Lonely Sea”. The toughest thing about a long-distance ocean yacht race is the lack of knowledge about the positions of other competitors.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 07 23 – stitched – Pfotenhauer – 000122-1

1969. “Trimaran Men Still Missing”. ·Mystery still surrounds the whereabouts of the four Natal men believed to have been stranded on the lonely Indian Ocean island of Poivre last week following the disappearance of the trimaran Spirit of the Wind.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 23 – Pfotenhauer – 000011

1969. “Camera Catches Ocean Riddle”. The end of a nonstop voyage round the world . . and the beginning of a sea mystery. That is the story of the trimaran Teignmouth Electron which was hoisted aboard the British merchantman Picardy which found her drifting and skipperless 700 miles west of the Azores. The skipper, Donald Crowhurst (36) is still missing. This is one of the first pictures to be printed of the Teignmouth Electron being hoisted aboard the Picardy.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 23 – Pfotenhauer – 000013

1992. “Concern Mounts for Steward”. There is mounting concern about a lone Durban yachtsman who is nearing the end of a record breaking around-the-world voyage in an open boat.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 23 199

1993. “Record Number for Yacht Challenge”. A record 24 yachts have entered this year’s Joko Lipton Challenge Cup Regatta which will be·sailed off Saldanha Bay from August 22 to 28.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 23 469

1994. “Birth Induced So Dad Can Test Sailing Prowess”. Top South African yachtsman Greg Davis had to call on tactical skills of a medical kind when his wife Paddy gave birth to the couple’s first daughter scarcely 48 hours before he was due to leave for a world sailing championship in France.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 07 23 593

1999. “Sailing – by Dale Granger”. At the Royal Cape Yacht Club they’ll soon be mustering the staff at crack of dawn for rigorous physical training a la military style.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 07 23 859

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