On This Day – 6 July. 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.

1969. “Winds Delay the ‘Vikings’”. The four-man crew of a Viking ship waiting here today for favourable winds before continuing their transatlantic voyage. The American adventurer Bob Marks and his all-British crew are out to prove that the America’s could have been discovered before Christopher Columbus in 1492.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 06 – Pfotenhauer – 000070

1969. “Durban to Miss Rio Race?”. ·Five South African cities are striving to equip yachts to represent them in the Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro transatlantic race in 1971 – but Durban, with two of the biggest yacht clubs in the country, is not among them.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 06 – Pfotenhauer – 000073

1985. “’Outdated’ SA Yacht Aces World’s Best”. A South African yacht, dismissed derisively by competitors as outdated, has clinched the equivalent of a Wimbledon title in international yachting in winning the world quarter-ton championship.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 06 327 35

1992. “Equinox Sneaks in First”. A desperate “tacking duel” between two Durban yachts was the highlight of yesterday’s Crystic Week sailing regatta which started off the Golden Mile yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 06 764

1993. “She’s A Screaming Success!”. True to her name, the yacht Royal Cape Screamer came screaming back into contention in the second race of the NCS Regatta held offshore yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 06 381

1993. “Wild Card’s Shaw the Luckiest Man on the Water”. The luckiest man in yesterday’s NCS Regatta racing has to be the J22 Wild Card skipper, Pete Shaw.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 06 100

1993. “On the Crest of A Wave”. Sailing to success, is Alon Finkelstein, whose numerous trophies and awards are a testimony to his passion for boats and water.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 06 104

1997 “Yachtsman Dies After Vessel Sinks”. A Durban crewman died, another is
missing and a third was admitted to hospital after their yacht sank off the northern coast of Kwazulu Natal this week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 07 06 763

2008. “A Few Hitches Can’t Mar this Popular MSC Regatta”. A cardinal sin in yacht racing is to snag the marker buoy and drag it away from where it should be. In days of yore the punishment would be keelhauling!
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 07 06 463

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