On This Day – 30 July. A Newspaper History of Sailing

Please note the date. Taken from Zeekoe Vlei.

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. “Big Welcome for Tired Bruce”. The South African yachtsman, Bruce Dalling, was welcomed by more than 200 people when he arrived at D. F; Malan Airport last night. Four police officers had to escort him through the enthusiastic crowd of fans and autograph hunters.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 30 873

1969. “Mystery Bottle Reveals Deeper Message”. The bottle mystery has been solved. I take no credit for its solution – it solved itself, actually, when a letter from Vice Admiral H. H. Biermann arrived.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 30 – Pfotenhauer – 000014

1969. “We Proved A Point, Says Ra Chief”. Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who had rain and bad weather on his voyage in the Ra, flew into New York from Barbados yesterday – in a heavy rain storm.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 30 – Pfotenhauer – 000081

1970. “They Could Be Bruce Dalling’s Serious Opponents”. Despite strong but unsubstantiated rumours that Mr. Edward Heath and Sir Francis Chichester are entering Morning Cloud in the Cape Town-Rio de Janeiro yacht race, Bruce Dalling’s most serious opponents will undoubtedly be the round-Britain race winners, Leslie Williams and Robin Knox-Johnston in Ocean Spirit.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 07 30 554

1970. “Menu is A Gourmet’s Joy”. Salt pork and rock-hard ship’s biscuit were standard fare of old-time sailors.·But the menu for crews in next year’s Cape-to-Rio yacht race will be a dietician’s delight.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 07 30 555_Redacted

1992. “A Solo Adventurer’s Spirits Sink”. As the sun rose on the tiny Indian Ocean island of Cerf, the spirits of shipwrecked yachtsman Anthony Steward sank to new depths.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 30 145

2004. “Kearsney Sailors Are World Champs”. Two sailors from Kearsney College excelled at the Laser 4.7 Sailing World Champs at Lake Garda in Italy.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2004 07 30 992

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