Film: 8828

Sport | 1960 | Sound | Colour


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The International Daily Express off shore power boat race (1963) from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Tor Bay (Torquay) a distance of 190 miles. £1000 prize money is up for grabs, over waters that give lifeboats a headache.

Summary of the powerful power boats and their engines. Some have dual controls. Pre-race briefing which also covers safety measures and possible rescue precautions. Crowds gather on the promenade, the starter's canon fires and they are off. First they circuit the island prior to the breakaway past the Needles. Lord Lucan as Lord Bingham leads the first half of the race in boat number 6, White Migrant. A map shows course. The crafts circuit the island they pass Southsea Pier and pass Cowes, streaking on past Yarmouth with high drama as two boats smash into each other with one foundering. These are dangerous waters with worse to come. Bournemouth beckons, on past Portland Bill and across Lyme Bay 45 miles from land, on the Sherries Buoy and back to Torquay and the finish with spectator boats and crowds on the quay. One by one the boats throttle back. Prize Giving with the top prize £1000 plus £250 business prize.

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