On This Day – 27 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. “Dalling Neck And-neck in Fog”. Yachts fight for supremacy as race nears end.
South African Bruce Dalling and Briton Geoffrey Williams were yesterday racing almost neck and neck through heavy fog towards the finish of the transatlantic single-handed yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 27 – OSTAR – stitched final – 791

1968. “Sir Thomas Lipton First Home”. The 50-ft. ketch ‘Sir Thomas Lipton, sailed by Geoffrey Williams, of England, crossed the finishing line at Newport early this morning, becoming the first yacht to finish the transatlantic single-handed race which began on June 1 at Plymouth, England.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 27 – OSTAR – stitched final – 807

1968. “Dalling Fever Even in the Kitchen”. A beam of warm, winter sunlight streamed through the kitchen window, a whiff of the old garden narcissus on its breath, and landed on the rough furrow-scrubbed wooden table where sat our plump, placid , pendulous-cheeked Agnes, wiping the last of the putu from her plate with a thick chunk of bread .
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 27 – OSTAR 785

1968. “Godspeed!”. South African heartbeats quicken as Bruce Dalling skims the Atlantic toward what might well be victory in the transatlantic yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 27 – OSTAR 812

1968. “SOS At Sea”. If the enthusiasm attached by laymen and sportsmen to the ocean-going race by small yachts is not shared by professional mariners and airmen it may be because of the additional responsibility thrust on them in time of emergency.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 27 – OSTAR 814

1968. “Provincial Sprog Championships Dates Defended”. SIR, – An article in the “Mercury” of June 24, opposing the dates and venue for the 1968/69 Provincial Sprog Championships has been brought to our attention.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 27 COMBINED573 33

1969. “Obituary. Rupert Ellis Brown”. Many glowing tributes have been paid to Rupert Ellis Brown, deservedly so because he was liked by everyone and devoted to so many worthy causes and pursuits. However, in the field of sport, we believe his greatest love was aquatics, and yachting in particular.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 06 27 589 1

1969. “Dalling Gets R100,000 to Build Yacht for Race”. The South African yachtsman Bruce Dalling was presented with a Rl00,000 cheque here last, night to enable him to compete in the International South-Atlantic Yacht Race to he held in 1971.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 06 27 313

1970. “Race Will Have its Dangers”. Michael Knox-Johnston, younger brother of the famous British round-the-world sailor Robin, has pointed out that the Cape fo Rio yacht race next year will have its element of danger.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 06 27 – final -488a

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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