On This Day – 8 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.

1968. “Stormvogel Leading in Yacht Race”. The South African yacht Stormvogel, skippered by Hollander C. Bruynzel of Zaandam, is leading the transatlantic race between Bermuda and Travemunde.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 08 – Pfotenhauer – 000144

1985. “Voortrekker II Tying with Thursday’s Child”. ·South African yachtsmen John Martin and Murray Webber were locked in a neck-and-neck struggle with their main American rival s in the gruelling Round Britain and Ireland sailing race yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 08 650

1989. “SA Yacht Fired At Off Maputo”. A yacht sailing near the coast of Mozambique was fired at from the shore, prompting a warning to other yachts to keep well offshore.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 07 08 044

1989. “Swartkops River Needs to Be Developed – Bush”. Yachtsman Allan Bush, back in his home sailing waters in Port Elizabeth – with a brand new Springbok blazer – is convinced that the Swartkops River is the finest undeveloped watersport asset on the doorstep of any South African city.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 07 08 375 3_Redacted

1989. “Venerable ‘Old Salts’ to Race”. Port Elizabeth’s saltiest characters will be out in force tomorrow.
The Old Salts Race, annual contest and get-together for senior yachtsmen has drawn an entry of 16 veterans of salt air, wind and wave, with a combined sailing experience of hundreds of years.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 07 08 375 2_Redacted

1992. “Mr Bojangles Setting Pace in Yacht Event”. With just two races sailed in Crystic Week 1992, already a pattern appears to be forming with several skippers firmly stamping their mark on the series.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 08 766

1992. “High Winds Take Their Toll”. In true Crystic Week tradition the light winds experienced over the past two days picked up to a gale-force south-westerly yesterday afternoon, leading to the first casualty of the regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1992 07 08 767

1996. “Spectacular Sailing on Icy Durban Day”. The country may well have been covered in snow yesterday with freezing temperatures, but solo round-the-world-sailor J.J. Provoyeur summed up conditions on the first day of The NCS Regatta best when he likened them to sailing in the Southern Ocean.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 07 08 705

2003. “Orion Takes Flag in Tough Day 2″. The Royal Natal Yacht Club yacht Orion Challenger won a hard fought battle for victory against a dominant Cape contingent in yesterday’s second race of the 2003 Lipton Challenge Cup in Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2003 07 08 945

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