SPECIAL. On This Day. Dalling & Voortrekker Start the 1968 OSTAR

Supporters had to brave the English weather to see the fleet off.

 

 

by Richard Crockett

I was planning to do a lot more and write a lengthy piece in the build-up to this race as it sneaked up on me while I had my head down scanning tons of cuttings! Plus, an errant A3 scanner with an error light flashing this morning did not help matters. Some of the cuttings presented are far bigger than my A3 scanner, so multiple scans had to be made and digitally ‘stitched’ together – a time-consuming exercise. Enough of the excuses, read and enjoy.

The committee who handled this project from the start of a dream to something which became reality, and almost victory, deserve immense praise as they put the sport in our country on the world stage, and ultimately ‘invented’ the Cape to Rio Race too.

But this is about Dalling and Voortrekker who took a newly built boat from Thesens yard in Knysna, fitted it out and tested it, then sailed it to Plymouth for the start of the OSTAR.

The rest they say is history, yet despite the tough competition for the role as skipper, I do feel that Dalling was the correct choice, and his result proved it, as did the polite manner in which he always carried himself.

During the next month the race will unfold on a daily basis. Here right now are some preview articles of this fascinating project and race.

Enjoy, and follow it daily at at: www.sailing.co.za

“Bruce Dalling (right) who will represent South Africa, at work on Voortrekker”. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, upwards of 30 yachts will cross the line off Plymouth Sound for the start of the loneliest and longest race in the world.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 04 undated – OSTAR – stitched final 752

“Voortrekker’s Speed Has Amazed Experts”.   To cover 6,851 miles in 43 and-a-half sailing days is pretty good going by any sailing, standards – Chichester’s included. To do so with the only damage one broken bearing-out pole and one front tooth adrift is little short of miraculous.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 05 14 – OSTAR – stitched final 748-1

“Seagoing ‘Allsorts’ Challenge Eric Tabarly’s Monster”. Multihulls or traditional? Conventional or unique? Who knows the effect tomorrow’s SingleHanded Transatlantic Race will have on future designs and trends in yachting? This race, from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island, is not just a contest for top yachtsmen, not just a competition.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 05 31 – OSTAR 754

“One Girl Joins 36 Men in Facing Perils of the Lone Voyage”.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 05 31 – OSTAR – stitched final 755-1

Voortrekker, Amazing: the Yachting Brigade Down in PlyMouth Harbour”. To cover 6,851 miles in 43 and-a-half sailing days is pretty good going by any sailing, standards – Chichester’s included. To do so with the only damage one broken bearing-out pole and one front tooth adrift is little short of miraculous.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 05 undated – OSTAR – stitched final 749-1

“Land and Sea Vantage Points” ·One of the big questions facing the Royal Western Yacht Club in organising the race was whether it could risk having the start line inside Plymouth Sound.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 05 undated – OSTAR – stitched final 753-1