On this Day. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

1968 10 07 307 1968 10 07 807 1986 10 07 078 1986 10 07 496 1991 10 07 412 4 1992 10 07 427 13by Richard Crockett

I have selected an interesting choice of cuttings today covering the full spectrum of our sport and dealing with Voortrekker on Display in Milner Park, to youth sailing, the Rothmans Cape to Rio Race – and even a snippet on the SA Navy. Enjoy.

Record crowd at ‘Great Outdoors’. 1968. Bruce Dalling, South Africa’s transatlantic yacht hero, opened the Great Outdoors Exhibition at Johannesburg’s Milner Park on Saturday before a record crowd for this show. ‘Voortrekker’ had been transported by road to the event to give his land-locked followers a first-hand experience of the boat. CLICK on this link to read all about it:  1968 10 07 307

Navy Trip will give SA a big boost. 1968. 600 South African Navy men in three warships are setting off from Simonstown today to make friends with the Australian people and show their flag in three ‘down under’ ports. CLICK on this link to read all about it:   1968 10 07 807

SA National radio controlled champs. Yes – they were even around way back when…! CLICK on this link to read all about it:  1986 10 07 078

Strong winds increase Martin’s hopes. 1986. John Martin again found strong winds in the South Atlantic and hoped to lead the BOC fleet into Cape Town. CLICK on this link to read all about it:  1986 10 07 496

Junior Provincial Champs at Midmar. 1991. A great pic and some names who are still making waves in the sailing world – like Mark Sadler and Alon Finkelstein. CLICK on this link to read all about it:   1991 10 07 412 4

Gritti in search of record. 1992. The Daily News reported that the first 9 overseas entries for the 1993 Rothmans Cape to Rio Race had been received and that Swiss-based Italian businessman Carlo Gritti had chartered ‘Pilar the Pulveriser’. CLICK on this link to read all about it:   1992 10 07 427 13

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.

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 have, 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 4000 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.