On This Day – 7 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. “New French Threat to Dalling”. A Frenchman, Alain Glicksman, is seen by veteran South African yachtsman Gordon Webb as potentially the greatest threat to the Republic’s lone entry, Bruce Dalling, in the transatlantic yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:   1968 06 07 – OSTAR 771

1968. “Yachtsmen on the Move”. Energetic Durban yachtsmen are on the move again. This week-end, six or seven yachtsmen will travel to Port Shepstone for a series of races on the river.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 07 COMBINED573 15

1985. “SA Youngsters Will Be Setting Sail Soon”. Youngsters who have never experienced the thrill of the sea will soon have the chance to set sail in a newly launched 22m gaff rig schooner.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 06 07 471

1985. “Dodd Dominates”.  Former East Londoner and Springbok yachtsman Blaine Dodds was a convincing winner of the Thomas Cook Border Hobie 14 Championship held here.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 06 07 326 6

1985. “Aussie John Sails Into His Durban Weekend”. John Ball is looking forward to his Durban weekend even more than most people: it will be his first chance to sail the yacht he has been building for the past 5 ½ years.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 06 07 326 8

1988. “Canadian Leads – But Martin is Sailing Well”. South African yachtsman John Martin is still among the leaders in the Carlsberg single-handed 1988 transatlantic yacht race aboard Allied Bank-Voortrekker II.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 07 7

1989. “An All-women Crew Who Won’t Be Short of Experience”. For the first time an all-women crew will race in the Crystic Beachcomber Crossing from Mauritius to Durban in September.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 06 07 050

1991. “R300 000 ‘Phantom’ Yacht Disappears From Mooring”. A large False Bay-based yacht named Phantom has become just that: it has vanished from its mooring in the Simon’s Town yacht basin.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 07 271

1991. “RCYC Pins Hopes on Dave Hudson”. Royal Cape Yacht Club, determined to win back the Lipton Cup from Zeekoevlei Yacht Club in August, has selected Springbok Dave Hudson and his crew to outsail the defending champions, Rick Nankin and Chris King.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 07 408 15

1996. “Yacht Drama·off Lighthouse”. Yachtsman Bush Greeff and his family ‘s dream to sail around the world almost turned into a nightmare when they had to be rescued in strong winds off the Richards Bay lighthouse last weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 06 07 703

1997. “Lynnath Seeks Fame, Fortune”. Top South African navigator, Lynnath Beckley is off to seek fame and fortune in the Whitbread Around the World Yacht Race, due to start in England on 21 September this year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 06 07 610

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