International 12 Metre Yacht Race at the Cowes Regatta, Isle of Wight.
High angle L/S of the harbour at Cowes on the Isle of Wight during the Cowes Regatta; many boats, yachts and speed boats are seen on the water while a crowd of people watch at the jetty. M/S of harbour with gold cannons lined up in the foreground. M/S of two yachts, numbers 16 and 2, before the race starts.
Commentator says "We're featuring the International 12 Metre class - starting our coverage with preparations on board the famous Sceptre" as we see M/Ss of the navigator checking maps and a sailor looking up as the sail is hoisted. M/Ss of the yachts milling about; the club house, where a crowd has gathered to watch.
C/U of one of the cannons being loaded; M/S as a man fires it to start the race. Various shots of the boats starting off. M/Ss and C/Us on board the Sceptre; the crew all in red jumpers do their various tasks; one man is seen lying down on the bow of the yacht.
Various shots of other yachts in the race; M/S of the Sceptre's great rival Flica II; tilt up to show the sail. Norsaga (number 16) is being used by the Red Duster Syndicate as a research vessel in their preparations for a future Americas Cup Challenge.
Various shots of toffs in yachts sailing along; as the commentator talks of the cost of the boats and sailing tactics; "What sights can compare with the splendour of 12 metres with spinnakers at their limits?"
Note: On file are notes on the Naval ships visiting for Cowes week; the Royal Yacht Squadron Regatta Programme of Races and a leaflet on 'Rail and Road Travel Services to and in the Isle of Wight together with shipping connections'.