Girls of the yacht brigade: 1931

This silent movie from the Pathé archive opens with two girls standing on the deck of a small yacht before the first caption: “Yachting these days is more strenuous, and Eve has more to do than merely look pretty – ” The girls hoist the sails and the next caption reads: “But the thrill of the flying sail is a real one – ” as we follow the fleet racing at Burnham on Crouch.

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.