On This Day – 4 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.

1967. “Sea Fury”. Death in the swirling .waters. Last Sunday three men came close·to paying the penalty. And The Sunday Tribune was the only news-paper with a team there to record and help in their rescue after they had been trapped aboard the stricken ship for 24 hours.  (ED. This image has been recreated from 5 scans, A3 in size, which have been ‘stitched’ together to recreate this full newspaper page.)
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 06 04 – stitched final

1968. “Missing Yacht is Seen Off Tugela”. “Fabulous,” cried a relieved Mrs. John Lefevre, when I told her today that the yacht in which her husband is sailing, the Urania, missing during a storm at sea since Sunday, had been sighted and was due in port, tonight.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 04 COMBINED573 10

1968. “Tabarly, Back in Plymouth, Could Still Win”. Eric Tabarly, French holder of the single-handed transatlantic race trophy and favourite to win the third event which started from Plymouth on Saturday, can still win in Pen Duick IV, in spite of losing more than 60 hours because of his collision in the Atlantic on Sunday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 04 – OSTAR 772

1968. “Dalling in Trouble: Boom Breaks”. Sails on after five-hour battle 300 miles out.
Bruce Dalling, the South African entrant in the singlehanded transatlantic yacht race, is in trouble 300 miles out in the Atlantic after his boom broke in a high wind yesterday, his sister, Mrs Carole Chamier told Sapa last night.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 04 – OSTAR – stitched final – 804

1987. “Honour for George Meek”. Awards presented by the WP Sailing Association at Silvermine included the Charlie Mouat Trophy, presented posthumously to George Meek for his contribution to yachting in the Western Province.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1987 06 04 1

1988. “John Martin’s Yacht ‘100%’ for Big Race”. South African John Martin has declared his yacht “100 percent” ready for the Carlsberg single-handed transatlantic race which begins here tomorrow.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 04 5_Redacted

1988. “Martin’s Big Bid”. John Martin sets sail tomorrow from Plymouth in Allied Bank Voortrekker II on what he believes is his best chance to win the monohull section of the C Star transatlantic race to Newport Rhode Island.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 04 – stitched final

1990. “SA Yacht Design Sparks Interest”. The organisers of the Whitbread around-the-world yacht race might include high-tech water-ballasted yachts similar to single-handed ocean racers.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 06 04 122

1990. “America’s Cup Challengers Concerned Over Costs”. Rumblings are already being heard among prospective challengers for the America’s Cup about the high cost of waterfront facilities in San Diego for the Spring 1992 yachting competition.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 06 04 388 2

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