On This Day – 8 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 Believes He is Leading”. South Africa’s Bruce Dalling in a radio·telephone call from Voortrekker at 8 o’clock (SA time) yesterday evening said he believed he may be 60 miles in the lead in the single-handed transatlantic yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 08 – OSTAR 779

1968. “Lipton Cup First Round Cancelled”. Heavy seas in Table Bay yesterday resulted in the first round of the Lipton Cup competition for 30-square-metre yachts being cancelled.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 08 COMBINED573 16

1970. “Sleek? … Just Wait Till You See Her Sister!”. She’s 13 metres (42ft.) of sheer, ocean-racing thorough-bred. She’s the Nautilus, sister-ship of the Mercury, the Van de Stadt-designed sloop which will represent Natal in the international yacht racing contest between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro seven months’ time.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 06 08 472_Redacted

1988. “Bertie Reed Loop Voor in Wedvaart”. Die rateltaai Springbokseiljagvaarder Bertie (Biltong) Reed op die jag Invertex Voortrekker, het gister die voortou geneem in die Klas 11-afdeling van die Carlsberg Trans-Atlantiese seiljagwedvaart vir alleenvaarders.
TRANSLATION:   “Bertie Reed Leads In Race”. Springbok yachtsman Bertie (Biltong) Reed on the yacht Invertex Voortrekker, took the lead in the Class 11 section of the Carlsberg Transatlantic Sailing Yacht Race on Sunday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 08 6

1989. “America’s Cup Court Battle Live on TV Today”. American and New Zealand clubs resume their battle for the America’s Cup today in a New York State appeals court who will decide the fate of yachting’s premier trophy.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 06 08 374 2

1991. “Floating Tabernacle Loses its Berth After Legal Wrangle”. A yacht which is sometimes used for Christian ministries has run into red·tape problems with the harbour authorities.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 08 270

1991. “Table Bay Transvaal Takeover?” Transvaal and Natal yachting clubs will be out to break the Cape stranglehold on the Joko-Lipton Challenge Cup in Table Bay from August 25 to 31.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 08 272

1991. “Sailing Probe Launched”. The Transvaal Sailing Association will run a workshop following a questionnaire sent to every sailor in the province.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 08 272

1996. “EC Schools Invited to Race Yachts”. Sailing clubs here have organised an interschools keelboat competition from June 28 to 30 in which teams will compete against each other in racing yachts.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 06 08 881

2008. “Sailing Fraternity Embarks on Training Programmes”. Sailing is a sport which can be very difficult to get into for all age groups. The major reason for this is that the equipment is expensive and privately owned, with many owners not wanting to lend their boats unless they are on board.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2008 06 08 070

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