On This Day – 5 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. “Dalling Chases Leaders Again”. South Africa’s hope in, the single-handed transatlantic yacht race, the Voortrekker, is back in the running again, and chasing after the leaders under full sails after her setback on Monday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 05 – OSTAR 768

1968. “Carry on Regardless, Bruce”. ‘Good Luck’ Message From S.A.
The technical adviser of the Springbok Transatlantic Race Committee, Mr. Brian Lello, was at the receiving end of a steady stream of telephone calls at his Burg Street office in Cape Town yesterday from people anxious to have an expert assessment of Bruce Dalling’s chances after his mishap on Monday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 05 – OSTAR 774

1968. “Skipper Hoare Has Nothing to Say”. Col. Mike Hoare, owner-skipper of the yacht Colin Archer, sailed unconcernedly into Durban Harbour today after being three days late in returning from a deep-sea yacht race at the week-end.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 05 COMBINED573 9

1985. “SA Yacht Momentum Life Arrives in San Diego”. Four young South Africa yachtsmen sailed the South African ocean-racing yacht Momentum Life into San Diego late yesterday after a fast and hazardous 16 000 km voyage from Uruguay.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 06 05 467

1985. “Yacht Race Will Put Mauritius on the Map”. The first 3000 km Mauritius-Durban yacht race is an assured success, four months before the start on September 28.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 06 05 359

1993. “Outsailed by Vaalies”. They are still licking their wounds down Durban way. It is rather galling to have a bunch of Vaalies show you the way home in your own puddle.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 06 05 217

1996. “800 to Sail in Biggest Off-shore SA Regatta”. Durban and the Point Yacht Club, will soon be gearing – or girding – themselves, to host the biggest off-shore regatta in South African yacht racing history.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 06 05 579

1997. “Sailing in Da Gama’s Wake”. An intrepid sailor “admires the old navigators for the men they were”.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 06 05 896

1997. “Consul to Keep Yachtsman Company”. Round-the-world yachtsman Manuel Gomez Martins, following in the wake of early Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, will have a travelling companion on the leg from Durban to Maputo at the end of the month.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 06 05 895

2008. “Sailing is Pretty Much My Life”. Centuries ago, sailors were renowned for being rough, raw, and incredibly foul-mouthed. While sailing has evolved into a sport since then, many sailors still sail with the grit and determination of their ancestors. Such as Dominique Provoyeur.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 06 05 071

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