On This Day – 9 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. “Cecily Harris Has Three Big Wins”. Cecily Harris sailed a 505 yacht to three outstanding victories on Durban Bay over the long weekend.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 09 – Pfotenhauer – 000145

1968. “John Sully Sails in First Twice”. ·John Sully of Durban won both races In the Natal Winter Flying Dutchman Championships which were sailed at sea off Durban yesterday.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1968 07 09 – Pfotenhauer – 000150

1969. “First Yachts Arrive”. The first yachts in the Lourenco Marques to Durban race sailed into the port last night.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1969 07 09 – Pfotenhauer – 000009

1982. “It’s Over to the Lipton Cup”. Now for the Lipton Cup. With Mainstay Week drawing to a close today, the eyes of the yachting world turn to the historic challenge event being sailed off Durban next week.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1982 07 09 – Lipton Cup – 718

1984. “Assegai Carried to Line Honours by Light Winds”. The 1984 Crystic Challenge Yacht racing championships got off to a clean start off Durban yesterday, with yachtsmen from all over the country enjoying light winds which picked up slightly in the afternoon.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 07 09 – Crystic Ocean Challenge – stitched final – 101

1985. “Durban Yachts Well Ahead in the Crystic Ocean”. Durban yachts continued to do well in the highly competitive Crystic Ocean Challenge being held offshore from Durban by the Point Yacht Club.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 09 477

1985. “Light Winds Hold Back Voortrekker”. The South African yacht Voortrekker II, crewed by Springbok John Martin and Murray Webber, was fifth in the monohull section at the end of the first leg of the round-Britain-and-Ireland race.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 07 09 653

1991. “Crewman’s Front Teeth Knocked Out”. For the second day, conditions were ideal yesterday for Crystic Week, the country’s premier offshore keelboat
regatta.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1991 07 09 364

1993. “The Volga Boatman, the Vulgar Boatman”. This mad social whirl. One moment you’re raising your glass and crying: “Tolstoy – nazdrovja!” to a Russian with snow on his boots, next you’re about to cry “Bert!” or “Ruth!” as the fellows crack open the Captain Morgan while you’re drifting in a 12-foot swell about a mile and a half off Natal Command.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1993 07 09 375

1994. “JJ All Set to Take on the World Alone”. After a fanfare send-off this weekend, Springbok sailor Jean Jacques (J J) Provoyeur will be heading north on the 60-foot yacht Ben Vio.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1994 07 09 656

1997. “No Buoys Aboard”. Four female sailing friends, who hope to compete in the next world championships, are the only women’s crew in the keel boat division in this week’s NCS regatta in Durban.
To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1997 07 09 777

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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