On This Day – 28 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. “Unsung Soldier Rows Atlantic to Eire Alone”. A 26-year-old British soldier strode up to a lighthouse on the west coast of Ireland yesterday and announced that he had just rowed across the Atlantic by himself.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 28 592 1

1969. “Yacht Race Winner To Wed Durban Girl”. Robin Knox-Johnston, who won the Golden Globe trophy in April for the first non-stop single-handed circumnavigation of the world won another prize last week. Jennifer Charles, of Durban, agreed to marry him.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 28 – Pfotenhauer – 000015

1969. “Housewife Who Sailed Pacific Says: I Talked To The Moon”. Sharon Sites Adams, a red-haired California housewife, sailed into San Diego harbour at the weekend on board Sea Sharp 11. She had completed the longest solo voyage·ever attempted by a woman and at 39 became the first woman to sail alone across the Pacific. Here she tells her story.
I talked. I talked to the boat, to the gooney birds, to the Moon and all the time to my tape recorder – it became my friend. I said hello to a lovely star every night, Mrs. Sharon Adams told Sapa-Associated Press.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 28 – Pfotenhauer – 000031

1991. “Raving Down to Rio”. No other race has the glamour of the Cape to Rio – and Durban skippers are planning a hefty challenge when it resumes in 1993. Although only raced three times, this epic yachting challenge has captured the imagination of people around the world like none other. It was banned after 1976 when Brazil deemed South African links were undesirable. Not to mention the French team that hurled tuxedo-ed Brazilian officials into the Rio de Janiero yacht club pool – which caused some concern in up-market circles – because the majority of those who belong to this, probably the most elite yacht club in the world, neither own boats nor understand the occasional wild antics of those who do. Now the race is on again, and in January 1993, the saga will be rewritten.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 28 276

1992. “All Set for Double Cape”. A record entry of more than 70 yachts is expected for the Double Cape race in September.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 28 422 22

1993. “Roughing it to Rio”. “Never again,” was Port Elizabeth sailor Annette (Kim) van Tonder’s firm avowal when she returned from a gruelling three months at sea in the 6 500km Cape-to-Rio yacht race. But now after two months as a landlubber, memories of the cannon’s boom starting this internationally famous race from Cape Town, are once more a thrilling thought to the 38-year-old nursing sister.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 28 473

1994. “Yachtswomen Have Sights on Olympics”. After Matric at the end of this year two Springbok yachtswomen – Dale Hudson, 17, of Newlands and her crew, Dominique Provoyeur, also 17, of Table View – will head for the United States and the pre-Olympic yachting circuit.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 07 28 598

1994. “Tall Masts and Three Sail Giants”. It was a gathering of giants. South Africa’s three most famous sailors – Bruce Dalling, Bertie Reed and John Martin – met at the SA Mint in Midrand last night to strike commemorative medals for the 1994/95 BOC Challenge starting in America in September.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 07 28 599

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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