Torbay Regatta, 1936

Watch footage of the working boats racing off the coast of Brixham at a regatta in 1936.

The archive footage shows large yachts and trawlers racing off the Devon coast. As the boats line up for start, race officials are in shot, sitting on an anchored vessel, counting down with English west country accents. It’s the King George V cup and we hear the officials calling out the times of different boats: ‘Torbay Lass’ wins with ‘Valerian’ 2nd and ‘Astra’ 3rd. As ‘Torbay Lass’ comes into shot, we hear her crew give three cheers.

Torbay Regatta, Trawlers at Brixham

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