On This Day – 31 May. 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. “Woman and Dog to Brave Atlantic”. Edith Baumann stepped jauntily out of a leading hair stylist salon into the Plymouth rush hour.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 05 31 238

1968. S.A. Good Luck Messages for Bruce”. South Africa is backing Springbok yachtsman Bruce Dalling, who sets sail from Plymouth tomorrow on the 3,200-mile international single-handed transatlantic race, to the hilt. Messages of good luck from all over the Republic have been received by the 29-year·old skipper of Voortrekker.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 05 31 239

1995. “Sponsorship Setbacks May Spike SA’s Comeback”. After a 20-year absence South·Africa is on the verge of a famous comeback to the World Championship of offshore sailing at the Admiral’s Cup in Britain next month – but sponsorship setbacks have snared the small boat in the three-yacht team who are racing against a tight deadline on budget to make the startline.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1995 05 31 358

1996. “SA’s Biggest Regatta Launched”. Durban, already the water-sports capital of South Africa, will host another international standard event next month when about 800 sailors congregate for the NCS Regatta off Durban and in the harbour – the biggest sailing regatta in South Africa.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 05 31 383

1996. “Sad Provoyeur Bids Ben Vio Adieu”. Burgees are flying at half-mast at local sailing clubs in memory of the legendary Ben Vio, South Africa’s most-sailed racing yacht, which after over 100 000 miles of seafaring – including two circumnavigations of the globe – has gone to Davy Jones’s locker.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 05 31 384

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