• Short Summary

    THE COMPETITIVE SAILING SEASON IN BRITAIN REACHES ITS CLIMAX THIS WEEK WITH THE WORLD FAMOUS COWES REGATTA.

  • Description

    THE COMPETITIVE SAILING SEASON IN BRITAIN REACHES ITS CLIMAX THIS WEEK WITH THE WORLD FAMOUS COWES REGATTA. MORE THAN 200 CRAFT OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES ARE CROWDED INTO THE SOLENT - THE NARROW STRETCH OF WATER BETWEEN THE SOUTH COAST OF ENGLAND AND THE ISLE OF WIGHT - FOR A FULL WEEK'S RACING DURING THE DAY, AND THE SOCIAL ROUND DURING THE EVENINGS.

    AS USUAL, THE ROYAL FAMILY ARE TAKING A GREAT INTEREST IN COWES WEEK, AND VISITORS AND YACHTSMEN ALIKE ARE HOPING PRINCE PHILIP WILL BE OUT RACING IN HIS YAWL BLOODHOUND. THE ROYAL YACHT "BRITANNIA" ARRIVED ON SATURDAY, AND DURING THE WEEK VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY WILL BE STAYING ON BOARD - NOT ONLY PRINCE PHILIP, BUT THE PRINCE OF WALES (WHO MIGHT GO RACING IF HIS DOCTORS THINK HE HAS RECOVERED SUFFICIENTLY FROM HIS ATTACK OF PNEUMONIA), PRINCESS ANNE, PRINCESS ALEXANDRA AND MR. ANGUS OGILVY.

    THERE ARE NUMEROUS FOREIGN VISITORS AND HIPS - INCLUDING A DESTROYER FROM THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC.

    THIS YEAR THE REGATTA HAS BEEN REORGANISED TO MAKE IT BRIGHTER AND MORE EFFICIENT. THE MAIN CHANCE IS THAT THE EIGHT CLUBS WHICH ONCE ORGANISED THE VARIOUS RACES SEPARATELY, HAVE FORMED A JOINT COMMITTEE TO CO-ORDINATE THE PROGRAMME.

    FOR VISITORS AS WELL AS COMPETITORS, COWES IS FIRST AND FOREMOST, A CHANCE TO GET AWAY FROM THE ORDINARY WORRIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE. THEY SAY THERE'S SOMETHING OF THE SAILOR IN EVERY MAN - IF THAT IS TRUE, THEN COWES WEEK CERTAINLY REVEALS IT. EVEN THE MOST EARTH-BOUND 'LANDLUBBER' CAN APPRECIATE THE TRIM LINE OF A RACING CRAFT, OR THE BEAUTY OF THE SAILS AS THE WIND BLOWS THEN INTO FULLNESS. ABOVE ALL THERE'S THE CONTRAST OF WHITE SHEETING AND COLOURED SPINNAKERS AGAINST THE GREENY-BLUE OF THE SEA. GIVEN FINE WEATHER - WHICH THEY'VE CERTAINLY HAD SO FAR - COWES BRINGS OUT THE FULL MEANING OF THE ROMANCE OF THE SEA, AND THE UNIQUE THRILL OF PITTING YOUR WITS AND JUDGEMENT AGAINST THE SEA, WINDS - AND OF COURSE, THE OTHER COMPETITORS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA70O27XQXCU3QDZRYW0FGAB54C
    Media URN:
    VLVA70O27XQXCU3QDZRYW0FGAB54C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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