On This Day – 25 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.

1970. “Durban, Man Chosen For·Cape to Rio Race”. Durban lawyer Mr. Archie Snyman has been chosen to crew one of the biggest and most glamorous yachts in next year’s Cape to Rio yacht race – but he may not be able to accept the invitation because of difficulties with his two banana farms.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 06 25 497_Redacted

1970. “Teenagers Proving Youth Has ‘Guts’”. Two Cape Town teenagers, out to prove that today’s youth has guts, determination and a spirit of adventure have entered the 3 500 mile Cape to Rio yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 06 25 501

1970. “Bruce Dalling Tells Crew to Keep Fit”. Bruce Dalling, South Africa’s world-famous yachtsman, has already sent instructions to his crew in the Cape to Rio race about keeping fit – because, he said; the competition will be very keen.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 06 25 503_Redacted

1982. “Cape Yachts Heading for Big Events”. Between 70 and 80 entries are expected for next month’s Mainstay Regatta in Durban – one of the most important yachting events in South Africa – and at least 17 of the entries have been entered by the Royal Cape Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1982 06 25 641

1990. “John Martin’s Position Still Mystery”. Allied Bank is still an unknown factor in the two-man transatlantic yacht race (TwoStar) from·Plymouth to Newport as the 18m monohulls creep closer to the finish.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 06 25 388 11

1992. “Sailor Midway, But It’s Not Easy, Says Sue”. Solo round-the-world yachtsman Anthony Steward of South Africa is in the middle of the Indian Ocean now, halfway between Madagascar and Darwin – and not a single fish can he catch for his supper.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 06 25 776

2001. “Stranack in Seven-minute Victory”. HMYC held their Women’s Trophy Race and the McDonald Trophy Race for crews to skipper on Sunday afternoon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 06 25 002

2006. “Winds Blow High and Low”. Shosholoza beats tough French competitor Areva – and then the start gun.
South Africa’s Team Shosholoza won their second race in two days, defeating the French Areva Challenge in a cut-throat clash in the Louis Vuitton Act 12 off the Spanish coast yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 06 25 060

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