On This Day – 5 July. A Newspaper History of Sailing

This report filled the entire width of the newspaper and was made with 4 different A3 scans digitally stitched together .

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. “Dalling May Be Handicap Winner”. Bruce Dalling may be declared the handicap winner of the single-handed transatlantic yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 05 872

1968. “Now It’s Sir Alec”. ·Queen Elizabeth today granted a knighthood to yachtsman Alec Rose who yesterday completed a single handed voyage around the world.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 05 COMBINED575 17

1968. “Alec, the So-shy Hero, Comes Home to A Kiss”. Alec Rose, the Oh, so shy hero who did not want any “ballyhoo” on his arrival in Plymouth after his 28,500-mile round-the-world voyage, stayed shy yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 05 COMBINED575 11

 

1968. Winter Regatta”. Flying Dutchman Winter Regatta will be sailed at sea off Durban next week. Fifteen entries have been received by the race committee. Seven are from the Transvaal, two from Cape Town and one each from Kimberley and Port Elizabeth. The rest are from Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 05 COMBINED575 19

1969. Natal Yachtsmen Set Sail”. Natal Yachtsmen are this month competing in several world·class regattas n Europe and Africa.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 05 – Pfotenhauer – 000074

1985. “Heavy Winds Could Boost SA Yacht in Hawaii Race”. The Los Angeles to Honolulu transpacific race began at midday yesterday with the South African yacht Momentum in the middle of the Class A fleet trailing the race’s record holder, Merlin.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 05 327 28

1990. “Durban Boats Come Back Fighting”. Durban yachts staged a dramatic recovery in the fourth day’s racing of the Crystic Ocean Challenge offshore from Durban yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 07 05 389 6

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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