On This Day – 23 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. “Around the World in 80 Symphonies”. A tape-recording of Brahms Double Concerto filled the roomy cabin of the trimaran Victress when I visited her at Plymouth. Then, at a touch of a switch, the music came floating down from a · loudspeaker above the helmsmans seat.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 23 COMBINED575 57

1970. “Ocean-going Yacht Gets A ‘Lift’ to Durban”. A magnificent 12.2 metre yacht, Golden City, arrived in Durban yesterday from Los Angeles aboard the cargo ship Neder Elbe. There to meet her·were Mr. and Mrs. David Butler, who have part ownership of the yacht. Mr. Butler, a former leader of the Rhodesian opposition party, will be the Golden City’s skipper when she takes part in the Cape to Rio Race next January.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 06 23 475

1982. “Lipton Cup Comes Out – After Nine Years”. South Africa’s equivalent of the America’s Cup – the Lipton Challenge Cup – and the oldest yachting trophy in the country, comes out of the closet next month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1982 06 23 – Lipton Cup – 634

1987. Cape Town ‘Taboo’, Dutch Yacht Told”. A row has erupted here over a decision by the Foreign Ministry to advise a Dutch yacht to call at Luderitz Bay in Namibia instead of Cape Town to replenish supplies and change crew on a voyage to Australia.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 06 23 8

1988. “If I Had to Lose, I’m Glad it Was Terlain , Says Martin”. South African yachtsman John Martin has generously praised Jean Ives Terlain, who beat him to the finish-line in the Carlsberg solo transatlantic yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 23 20

1990. “South Africa’s Top Skippers Get Ready to Sail Off Into the Sunset”. South Africa’s top ocean racing skippers have entered Durban’s Crystic Ocean Challenge, with organisers predicting that this year’s race will be the largest ocean regatta around the African continent.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 06 23 398

1992. “NSRI Receives R25 000 From the Royal Cape Yacht Club”. The Commodore of the Royal Cape Yacht Club, Mr Dave Abromowitz, handed a cheque for R25 000 to the chairman of the National Sea Rescue Institute, Captain Arthur Bluett, at the club last week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 06 23 421 25

1997. “SA Hopes High At Hobie 16 World Champs”. Durban is currently playing host to two major international ocean races, the Clipper ’96 and Hong Kong Challenge races, with crews from both these enjoying Durban’s hospitality and the Point Yacht Club’s cold beer.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 06 23 917

1998. “The Ocean Has Taken’ Taberly”. About 500 boats took to the sea during ceremonies to pay tribute to Eric Tabarly, France’s best-known yachtsman, who died last week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1998 06 23 931

2004. “SA Catamaran to Conquer International Market”. The Leopard 40 catamaran will soon be setting sail for the international market after its initial launch in Cape Town yesterday, signifying the continued success of the South African boat-building industry.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 06 23 051

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