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Oldest videos of National 12 class dinghies sailing

by Magnus Smith 28 Jan 13:00 GMT
Salcombe was a hotbed of N12 racing © Jessica Barker, Stone Family Archive

Our video archive is fully searchable, and linked to all the clubs and classes in our database. It is updated weekly with the latest videos of sailing, but here we delve into the past, and round-up everything that shows sailing in the National 12 class, which are all from the 1950s.

The oldest video is N12 at Trent Valley SC in 1949...

Then we have the Burton Cup 1952 at Weymouth.

The next Burton Cup 1953 at Torquay, which apparently features 145 boats. There are some good close-ups.

Alongside this is Burton Cup 1953 (extra footage, silent) which has some material not used in the video above. It shows the crowds on shore, launching, and finally some distant shots on the water.

Now we are in colour and you can truly enjoy the clothing worn in those days! National 12 racing at Plymouth in 1955 cover rigging up on shore, hull polishing, as well as the racing. See if you can count more than one item of personal buoyancy being worn across the hundreds of sailors featured...

Spanning 1952 to 1957, this is racing at Emsworth during the 1950s which includes brief National 12 appearances - skip along to 38 mins to see the N12s with the Firefly fleet, or skip to 41 mins to see a few more glimpses. This is a fascinating video to watch in its entirety if you have the time, but admittedly features the Twelves only fleetingly.

Also from "sometime in the 50s" is this N12 video from Trent Valley Sailing Club...

What of the other decades?

Do you know the location of any National 12 videos from the 1940s, 60s, 70s or 80s? We would love to share these with other sailors. You can submit video links to us for immediate review.

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