On This Day – 3 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. “Dalling Tells of Nightmare 24-hour Storm”. Bruce Dalling kept a meticulous log of the 27 days in which he skippered Voortrekker to second place in the solo transatlantic race – and the full drama of this lone battle against the sea has emerged from its pages.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 03 – OSTAR 811

1970. “Burning Midnight Oil Over the Charts ”. · Dave Abromowitz, 28-year-old skipper of the Cape Town·syndicate’s Van de Stadt designed sloop, believes the race to Rio de Janeiro will be won on the strength of pre-race reckoning in navigation.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 07 03 496

1989. “Dockyard Wins Big Yacht Job”. The privately-managed Devonport Royal Dockyard at Plymouth has won a R7,1 million contract to build 10 identical 20,4 m yachts for a round-the-world race to be sponsored by British Steel.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 07 03 374 4

1989. “Yachting Challenge is Off to A Great Start”. After the near windless conditions of the past week, and Saturday’s drenching rain, the Crystic Ocean yachting challenge – the country’s largest offshore keelboat regatta with 92 competitors – got off to a spectacular start at the Point Yacht Club In Durban yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1989 07 03 – NCS REgatta – 698

1990. “Heavy Seas Cause Drama for Yachts”. There was drama on the second day of the 1990 Crystic Week when two yachtsmen fell overboard in heavy swells and another ended up with broken ribs.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1990 07 03 389

1991. “Small Ones Will Show Their Pace”. One aspect of the recent Wilbur Ellis da Gama race from to East London which was again highlighted this year is the performance and seaworthiness of the Royal Cape One Design class of yacht.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 03 397

2001. “Show Me the Money Looking A Shaw Thing”. After the light conditions of the opening day of the NCS Regatta when the fleet sailed their tune-up race, the first two races were sailed in testing north easterly winds of between 10 and 18 knots, bringing with it some choppy water and bg swells.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2001 07 03 890

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 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