Sailing races in Friesland, 1961

View this evocative silent British Pathé newsreel of a sailing contest on the Frisian Lakes in 1961. The film opens with close-ups as the competitors hoist their huge fore and mainsails to start the race. We see close and long shots of the Dutch barges racing and some of the spectators along the banks.

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.