On This Day – 1 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. “Foggy Start Suits Me, Says Bruce”. Thick sea mist is expected this morning in the vicinity of Plymouth Sound for the start of the singlehanded transatlantic race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 01 240

1968. Sailing Instructions for the Observer Trophy Single-Handed Transatlantic Race”. For the technically minded, the Sailing Instructions from the 1968 OSTAR may be an interesting read?
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 01 transat sailing InstructIONS – 941

1986. “One Girl Joins 36 Men in Facing Perils of the Lone Voyage”. Here are details of the 37entries.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 UNDATED – OSTAR FLEET

1996. “It Appears to Be All Systems Go for the NCS Regatta”. It’s definitely all systems go for the NCS Regatta and interest seems to be growing by the day.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1996 06 01 875

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