On This Day – 6 June. A Newspaper History of Sailing

1968 06 06 – OSTAR 778 1988 06 06 6 1988 06 06 7 1991 06 06 408 13 1994 06 06 852 1994 06 06 856 1999 06 06 941 2011 06 06 247by 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. “Tabarly Drops Out of Race”. Frenchman Eric Tabarly said last night he had finally abandoned the transatlantic yacht race he was once strongly tipped to win. Tabarly, hit by a series of accidents to his experimental craft, Pen Duick IV, gave up after three attempts to join the field in the 3,000-mile single-handed race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 06 06 – OSTAR 778

1988. “Martin Leading Class in Ocean Race”. South African John Martin, aboard Allied Bank Voortrekker II, got just the start he wanted in the Carlsberg single-handed Transatlantic race which got under way here yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 06 6

1988. “Solo Sailor(ess) Makes Maritime History”. Amid tears, cheers, champagne and flowers, Kay Cottee sailed home to Sydney and into the history books – the first woman to sail solo non-stop around the world.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1988 06 06 7

1991. “Reed, Martin Take the Honours ”. Grinaker, the South African entry in the Transatlantic BOC yacht race, sailed across the finish line here just after 6 pm last night to take first place in the 3000-mile event.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 06 06 408 13

1994. “Sutherland Celebrates”. Craig Sutherland celebrated in sailing style over the weekend after winning both the IMS and PHRF prizes at the 130 mile Portugal Day race to become the first yachtsman to clinch the CASA Offshore Sailing Series.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 06 06 852

1994. “It’s All NZ in Round the World Yacht Race”. New Zealanders turned the final stages of the 32 000-mile Whitbread Round the World yacht race into a virtual Kiwi class reunion.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 06 06 856

1999. “Girl Sold Her Horse to Get Yacht Berth”. With very little fanfare, the yachts involved in a somewhat unusual round-the-world race arrived in Durban this week, about eight months into their 56 000km journey.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1999 06 06 941

1999. “Dramatic Rescue From Capsized Boat”. In a dramatic rescue mission, which included opening a hardware store after hours so rescuers could get access to power tools, nine fishermen were pulled from their capsized boat after being stuck in its hull for over six hours.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  2011 06 06 247

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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 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