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White Sails, 1933

View this short, evocative British Pathé archive newsreel, showing large yachts racing in the Baltic, 1933. There’s close-ups and long shots to help the viewer feel part of the action. “Now we’re off with the cameraman towards the Baltic to watch the prettiest of outdoor sports – yachting, with a nice cool wind in our sails.”

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.