On This Day – 26 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. “ Atlantic Race Nears Climax”. The winner in the solo yacht race could be tying his yacht up at the finishing line in Newport, Rhode Island, as early as to-day, one of the race’s organizers said yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 26 – OSTAR 802_Redacted

1968. “Dalling Goes Down Big”. Four years ago – on May 23, 1964, to be precise – 14 competitors in a certain gruelling race said : “Plymouth Hoe, here we go,” and set off on an overcast day to the cheering of the crowds. But in South Africa among the likes of you and me, there was hardly a glimmer of interest.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 26 – OSTAR 790

1970. “Don’t Expect Mercury in Rio First”. Talking of racing – and everyone seems to be these days in one way or another – there ‘s one important thing to bear in mind if you ‘re thinking of having a little bet on the Cape to Rio yacht race next January.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 06 26 466

1989. “Skipper All Set for the Lipton Cup”. Consistent sailing will make the difference in this year’s Lipton Cup Regatta, says experienced skipper and boatbuilder J J Provoyeur.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 06 26 054

1990. “Record Atlantic Win for Martin Brothers”. John and Ian Martin sailed their yacht Allied Bank across the line at Newport, Rhode Island at 03h00 today, winning their class in the two-man trans-Atlantic Race in record time.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 06 26 388 13

2006. “Crucial Race Waits As Shosholoza Wins Three”. It has been a highly successful weekend of racing for the crew of the South African yacht racing team Shosholoza, who pulled off three wins in the first four days of the prestigious Louis Vuitton Act 12 match racing regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2006 06 26 064

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