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Sailing on the Broads, 1933

This Pathé Archive brings us a glimpse back to 1933 with footage of three young women sailing on the Norfolk Broads. The full title reads “Three girls in a boat – And on the Norfolk Broads, too, that Mecca of the Water-loving sportswomen.”

The young women are shown washing themselves on the top of a yacht, washing the boat and splashing each other with mops with the first intertitle “Anything that sounds like ‘Sale’ always gets the girls together.” The girls appear to be having a very good time as they hoist the sails and climb the mast. Another intertitle reads: “And when the wind gets fresher – just adjoin to the wider Wroxham Broads.” There follow some excellent shots of yachts cutting through the water at speed, lunch on board and a gentle sail back.

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