On This Day – 9 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. “Mjojo Sails In”. Rubbing gunwales with some of the swankier big, round-the-world boats in Durban’s yacht basin is a strange-looking craft that looks as if it must have sailed straight out of the pages of a history book.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 09 COMBINED573 13

1968. “Now Chay Blyth Sails on World Trip”. Quietly, in a borrowed demonstration sloop and with a savage army haircut, Sergeant Chay Blyth left the Hamble, near Southampton, yesterday, to sail round the world, a week behind Captain John Ridgway, with whom he rowed the Atlantic last year.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 09 COMBINED575 42

1970. “Two Schoolboys Will Sail in ‘Cape to Rio’”. At least two South African schoolboys – both from Port Elizabeth-will be taking part, alongside prominent ocean-going yachtsmen of the Republic and from abroad, in the international Cape to Rio race in January.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 06 09 424

1982. “Yachting Bonanza for Durban”. Durban will be the venue for a double yachting bonanza next month with the sailing of the annual Mainstay Week followed by the Lipton Cup, the oldest yachting event in the country.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1982 06 09 724

1985. ‘Thinking’ Compass Unfair, Claim Sailors”. A small but very canny piece of equipment is threatening to disrupt this year’s Lipton Cup race for L26-class yachts which starts in Durban on July 15.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 06 09 468_Redacted

1988. “Hobies Discover New Venue”. The Hobies are always known for their innovation and it comes as no surprise to find out that they have discovered a great sailing venue in Struisbaai. This lovely little village is situated on our South West coast and has lots of surf, sand, wind and bungalows.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 09 8

1988. “SA Pair Right Up with the Atlantic Leaders”. Both South African skippers in the Carlsberg Singlehanded Transatlantic Race, John Martin and Bertie Reed, were sailing at high speeds and maintaining their positions among the monohull
leaders yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 09 8

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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