On This Day – 3 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. “Foxhound Wins Deep Sea Race”. The Royal Cape One design, Foxhound, won the 154-mile deep-sea race sailed off the Natal coast during the week-end.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 03 COMBINED573 1

1968. “Six Yachts Fight 50-knot Winds”. Six Durban yachts were out at sea late last night struggling to get home after being lashed by 50-knot gales during the weekend long distance offshore race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 03 COMBINED573 2

1968. “Yacht Safe But Mauled”. The first of the six “missing” deep sea yachts to return to Durban after a “mauling” in an off-shore race at the week-end, Columbine, skippered by Mr. Bob Nuttall, arrived safely in port soon after noon today.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 03 COMBINED573 3

1968. “Stormy First Night for Transatlantic Yachtsmen”. The single-handed transatlantic yacht race competitor Geoffrey Williams made the first of his exclusive ship-to-shore telephone calls to the Daily Telegraph 1 & a half hours late yesterday morning, giving priority to navigating his 57-ft. yawl, Sir Thomas Lipton, past the Scillies.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 03 – OSTAR 761

1968. “No Peep Out of Dalling”. Bruce Dalling, only South African competitor in the 35-yacht single-handed race across the Atlantic, failed to make radio contact with Cape Town Radio yesterday -“We couldn’t get a peep out of him” an official said.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 03 – OSTAR 763

1968. “Tabarly Turns Back In Atlantic Yacht Race”. Frenchman Eric Tabarly, favourite in the 3,000-mile single-handed transatlantic yacht race, has turned back, British coastguards said last night. Steering trouble·with his giant 65-ft ketch-rigged trimaran, Pen Duick IV, biggest craft in the race, was believe responsible.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 03 – OSTAR – stitched final – 762

1992. “Steward Dreams of Christmas!”. While Neal Petersen prepares to take on some of the world’s top solo sailors in the Trans-Atlantic race on Sunday, on the other side of the world Anthony Steward is heading to Christmas Island in a badly leaking boat.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 06 03 794

1992. “Yachtsman is Still Missing As Weather Hampers Air Search”. The search will continue today for former journalist Chris Cairncross, who has been missing at sea since Saturday. Poor visibility due to mist and rain prevented an Air Force Dakota from conducting a search for Mr Cairncross yesterday. By last night, no flares had been seen and no radio contact had been made with Mr Cairncross, who set off single-handed from Port Owen to Club Mykonos on Friday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 06 03 796

1994. “Sutherland Poised to Wrap Up·series”. One hundred and thirty three miles of sailing in the Portugal Day Navigator’s race will decide the inaugural winner of the CASA Offshore Series trophy this weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 06 03 860

1996. “Journos Belly-up to A Yacht, and Work Hard”. Last week a number of media personnel were exposed first-hand to yacht racing during the official media launch of The NCS Regatta which is to be held in early July off Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 06 03 876

2004. “SA Yacht Team Accepted As New Challenger for the America’s Cup”. South Africa has been accepted as a new challenger for the America’s Cup – the world’s premier yacht racing event. The news was relayed back to South Africa by an elated Captain Salvatore Sarno, managing director of the SA America’s Cup Challenge Syndicate, who was in Geneva last month to submit the challenge on behalf of the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 06 03 039

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 10 000 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