On This Day – 24 July. 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. “City Plans Big Symbolic Landing for Dalling”. Bruce Dalling, who was second overall and who has been declared winner on handicap of the solo transatlantic yacht race, arrives at Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, on Monday. He is expected in Cape Town on Tuesday night, and will symbolically sail the ketch Voortrekker into Granger Bay on Wednesday afternoon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 24 – OSTAR 800

1969. “The Long Row”. ·2-page spread. I shall be glad to get the hell out of this boat. Magnificent little craft though she is, I don l think I could last much longer. But I am a proud man today. I have done something nobody has done before. Nothing can give a man more satisfaction than that.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 24 – Pfotenhauer – 000178

1969. “Seven Rescue Stations Are to Be Set Up”. The National sea rescue institute is to establish seven new stations along the South African coast giving it a total of 14 along the 1,250-mile stretch of coastline from St. Helena Bay to Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 24 – Pfotenhauer – 000025

1969. “The Saga of the Passat”. Was there ever a ship’s captain who was not a racing man at heart? I doubt it. For as long as there have been ships – and stars for sailors to steer them by – so there have been ships’ races – boat against boat. master against master, and when there was no rival to challenge or to be challenged by, then ships raced against their own previous times.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 24 – Pfotenhauer – 000071-1

1970. “South-West Yacht for Rio”. Two South-West African business men, Hans Berker, and Mt. Gotz Koln, have taken delivery here of a new 43-ft. (12.9m) ocean racing yacht costing more than £22 000 (R37 000) which they have bought specifically for the Cape to Rio yacht race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 07 24 544

1985. “SA Yacht Wins Corsica Regatta”. Four Cape Town sailors in a slightly outdated yacht took the wind out of the sails of their faster, more modern counterparts in Corsica to win world quarter-ton championship.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 24 327 11

1990. “Royal Cape Strong for Regatta”. Royal Cape Yacht Club has entered a strong team in this year’s Lipton Challenge Cup regatta in Table Bay from August 19-25.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 07 24 2

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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 18 000 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