On This Day – 28 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. “Williams the Winner”. But where is Dalling?
British teacher Mr. Geoffrey Williams, sailing Sir Thomas Lipton, was last night declared official winner of the transatlantic solo yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 28 – OSTAR – stitched final – 782

1968. “Alone Across the Atlantic”. The key people behind the venture.
Although the Voortrekker venture was conceived and launched from Cape Town, the vast amount of organisation involved was on a fully South African basis, with all four provinces represented, either on the panel of trustees or on the organizing committee. Bruce Dalling himself a university lecturer from Natal – originally he came from Germiston, in the Transvaal.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 28 – OSTAR – stitched final -797

1968. “After the Tiller A True-life Thriller”. It was worse than a gaggle of girls – that chattering in the telex room as the messages of the transatlantic race·finish poured in from America on the talkative machines. But one going outward from Cape Town to New York may mean a new career for Bruce Dalling. He could become an author.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 28 – OSTAR 789

1968. “S. African Yacht Second”. Stormvogel, a 73-ft. ketch owned by Cornelius Bruynzeel, a Dutch-born South African millionaire, was the second to finish in the Newport to Bermuda sailing race. She had a corrected time of three days, 11hr 50mins. 48secs.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 28 COMBINED575 5

1968. “A Great Year for Durban Yachtsmen”. It’s been a great year for Durban yachtsmen on the international yachting scene.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 28 COMBINED575 3

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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