Sailing races in Friesland, 1961

View this British Pathé newsreel of a sailing contest on the Frisian Lakes in 1961, with close-ups and long shots of the ‘freighters’ under sail.

Created at the beginning of the 20th Century by the Pathé brothers, the newsreel was the world’s first televised news platform. Pioneering the technology and methods of cinema, British Pathé stayed at the forefront of filmed news for decades. Releasing three newsreels a week during that period, British Pathé was the way the people of Britain experienced world events until the advent of television.