Racing Yachts… in 1911

With no sailing at South Norwood Lake the moment, it’s been great to receive suggestions for alternative, sailing related, content that we can share with our members.

Today, thanks to Gordon (via Geoff) we’re looking all the way back to Cowes Week 1911, when sailing boats looked rather different to what we’re used to seeing today:

“I thought you’d be interested in the picture I have recently got from a local charity shop. It is of  ’15 metre’ yachts racing at Cowes in 1911. The photograph was taken by Beken of Cowes, who were well-known marine photographers. The spread of sail is impressive – imagine being at the helm!”

Racing Yachts 1911
Racing at Cowes Week, 1911

And you thought keeping a single, lightweight Comet sail or a Hartley spinnaker in the right place was a challenge!

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