An item about a sailing competition held in Essex for young people.
M/S of two boys looking at a route map, sitting on a boat parked in a dinghy park. C/U of one of the boys fingers pointing at the map. At the top of the map are the words: 'International Cadet Class', 'Cadet Week' and 'Course Chart'. C/U of one of the boys. M/S of a girl fixing the sail of her dinghy, in the background are more dinghies being attended to by young yachtsmen. M/S of a boy, Graham Dadd, polishing the hull of his boat. C/U of Graham's hand polishing - some of the kids have made the boats themselves. M/S of a boy in a stripy T-shirt adjusting his boat's rigging. M/S of a boy helping a girl into her lifejacket. C/U of the girl fiddling with the neck of her lifejacket. M/S of the boy attaching rope to the tiller. M/S of a boy hauling up the sails of his dinghy. Low angle C/U, taken over the boy's shoulder, of the sail being raised. M/S of two girls doing up their windcheaters. Low angle shot of three boys in lifejackets pulling their dinghy over the grass. The children are some of the 168 competitors in the race for the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Trophy.
L/S of the dinghy park. A panning shot follows the competitors as they drag their boats from the park to the launching ramp. M/S of boats being pushed down the ramp into the still water. M/S of three young men in swimming trunks standing in the water, helping to launch the dinghies. M/S, taken from the bottom of the launching ramp, of more dinghies coming down the ramp. The boats are all fitted with air bags or buoyancy tanks to make them extra safe.
High angle shot of a dinghy sailing away from land, tilt up to show a fleet of dinghies sailing away. The races are up to nine miles long and can be won by as little as a length. Top shot of a dinghy being launched by the young men. C/U of two female spectators.
L/S, taken from the beach, of lots of dinghies sailing. Cadet Week started in 1950 with only 25 entrants - now competitors come from all over Europe. C/U of a red and yellow striped 'class flag' being let out from the masthead. C/U of a man with a telescope watching from the sand dunes. M/S taken from a moving boat of the fleet of dinghies. M/S of a man on the beach firing a small canon to start the race, in the background a crowd of spectators sit on a concrete slope near the water's edge. As well as a starting the race, race officials are responsible for timekeeping, scoring and ensuring the rules are not broken.
Various panning shots taken from on board a boat of the dinghies racing. M/S of a group of spectators, including a man with a pair of binoculars. Various shots of the dinghies sailing past houses - possibly Burnham-on-Crouch. M/S of two boys, Peter Wells and Michael Harrison, sailing, tilt up to the sail. M/S of Group Captain Haylock, the man behind the race and editor of 'Yachting World', surveying the race through his binoculars and checking his stopwatch. M/S of the dinghies rounding the buoy. M/S of a single boat speeding around the buoy. M/S of another boat sailing away from the camera. C/U of a man in a sailor's hat looking through binoculars. M/S of boats sailing past. C/U of two boys sailing their dinghy towards the camera. M/S of spectators watching from the concrete slope. M/S of two dinghies passing each other - the sport has grown since the war thanks to the development of resin bonded plywood. M/S of a yellow dinghy sailing past the camera.
M/S of a blue dinghy sailing past the yellow dinghy. M/S of a crowd of spectators watching from a veranda of a waterside building (the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club). M/S of boats circling a buoy. C/U of a young sailor leaning over the side of his boat. C/U of the bow of a boat cutting through the water. C/U of a race official sitting on the veranda making notes on a clipboard. M/S of the winning boat - crewed by Nick Skey and Robert Harding - sailing past the yacht club, panning shot as they sail away.