On This Day – 27 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.

1969. “Missing Yachtsman ‘Never Left Atlantic’”. Donald Crowhurst, the lone “round-the-world yachtsman, who has been presumed dead since his Trimaran Teignmouth Electron was found drifting and abandoned 700 miles west of the Azores on July 10, never in fact ever sailed out of the Atlantic.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 27 – Pfotenhauer – 000007

1970. “Cape to Rio Entry Wins British Race”. The most significant outcome of this year’s Round-Britain race was the victory and arrival-in-a-big-way on the ocean-racing scene of Robin Knox-Johnson’s magnificent new monohull yacht, Ocean Spirit.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 07 27 547_Redacted

1971. “Final Touches to SA’s Admiral’s Cup Team”. The three yachts representing South Africa’s team in the Admiral’s Cup are now on various slipways around the Solent, having final bottom-scraping and polishing in readiness for the first event of the series on Friday, the race from Southsea to Le Havre and back.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1971 07 27 – Thirsty Bertie – 000024_Redacted

1984. “Cape-boats Triumph At Crystic Week”. A resolute Gwaap, skippered by Geoff Meek, snatched Ernst van der Laan’s hope of a hattrick with UpTite (the Class One winner of Rothman’s Week and Algoa Bay Week) during the recent Crystic Ocean Challenge off Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 07 27 – Crystic Ocean Challenge – 102

1985. “Voortrekker Second Monohull to Finish”. Voortrekker II sailed into Plymouth Sound to finish as the second monohull in the Round Britain and Ireland yacht race at 8 23 am (SA time) yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 27 – 000282

1990. “Fabulous Cruise on EL Yacht”. Good news for adventurous sailors here is that not all island yacht cruises off the Mozambican coast end in shipwreck and capture by Renamo rebels.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 07 27 120_Redacted

1991. “Skippers Recall Glamour of Cape to Rio”. No other race has the glamour of the Cape to Rio. Although only raced three times, this epic yachting challenge has captured the imagination of people around the world like none other.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 27 274

1992. “Solo Sailor Found on Deserted Island After Storm”. Lone yachtsman Anthony Steward, missing for the past 10 days in his attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe in an open boat, has been found alive and well on a deserted atoll about 200 miles north of Madagascar.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 27 170

1995. “SA Sailors in New Hi-tech Yacht Scoop”. The South African sailing team scored a coup at the Admiral’s Cup here yesterday by securing a new hi-tech German yacht to boost their challenge in one of the world’s most famous off-shore sailing contests.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 07 27 624

2004. “Not All Plain Sailing As Shosholoza Stops Peak-hour Traffic”. The Shosholoza yacht will be painstakingly measured forward, sideways and aft this week, but the America’s Cup vessel nearly came to grief yesterday because of one critical measurement: the height of the Woodstock turnoff bridge.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 07 27 985

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