Englishman wins ‘Flying Dutchman’: 1962

'Flying Dutchman' racing on Ijsselmeer, 1962
‘Flying Dutchman’ racing on Ijsselmeer, 1962

This Pathé newsreel with Dutch commentary shows the 1962 ‘Flying Dutchman’ European Sailing Championships on the Ijsselmeer, won by an Englishman, Johnson Wooderson.

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.

The clip starts with spectators and participants gathering with good coverage of skippers preparing their boats, long-shots across the water and close-ups of crews and spectators. The winner was Johnson Wooderson of England.