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Model Yacht Racing at Fleetwood
With the wind in their sails, international model yacht racers compete on Lancashire's Fylde Coast.
Amateur film 1949 5 mins Silent
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A breezy day on the Fylde Coast, and spectators watch yachts racing across the water. These yachts may be models, but there is nothing small-scale about either the dedication of their owners or the competition itself, which attracts international competitors. On this occasion, the American model yacht builder and racer W .G. Bithell is the winner, and is presented with a trophy by the Mayor.
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