On This Day – 29 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. “I Had it in the Bag, Says Bruce”. (This is a 4-page report). In the first transatlantic radio-telephone interview with Bruce Dalling, the Springbok yachtsman told me yesterday that he had been in the lead in the solo race across the Atlantic by an estimated 120 to 140 miles before he was becalmed off Newfoundland.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 29 – OSTAR – stitched final – 4 pages combined

1968. “Was Williams Really Solo?”. A correspondent to the London Observer (a naval officer) wrote last week: Geoffrey Williams in Sir Thomas Lipton is certainly making good progress in the Transatlantic Solo Race, but can he be truly regarded as a solo sailor, aided as he is by English Electric’s computer?
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 29 – OSTAR 810

1968. “Ocean Fame”. Although Cape Town is one of the world’s key seaports, maritime affairs often seem remote from the community life of suburbia and industry, intent on their own affairs. But for the past three weeks the city has probably never been so intimately close to the “wide blue yonder” of the ocean-thanks to that 29-year-old Highvelder Bruce Dalling and his Knysna-built yacht Voortrekker. Somehow this rugged young Springbok with a blond beard and a piercing Sir Francis Drake look has captured the imagination of the nation. Again and again he has even chased the Lions from newspaper front pages, and on Thursday, as tension mounted, thousands of transistor radios blared in city offices and the inroads into business efficiency caused by the lonely little white ship on the last straight into Newport rivalled that of a mid-week Test at Newlands.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 29 – OSTAR 813

1968. “A Dash of Salt in the Printing Ink”. It is a nice thought to have at the back of one’s mind these days of seafaring fever that even our Editor, Victor Norton, is a cruising yachtsman. Long before he took over the chairmanship of the Voortrekker committee the sea had caught him up.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 29 – OSTAR 787

1968. “Special Stamps Were Sold to Raise Funds”. The sale of special stamps, and contributions from business houses, organizations and interested individuals in all parts of the Republic as well as in South West Africa and even Rhodesia have helped finance the Voortrekker venture.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 29 – OSTAR 784

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