Sponsored by the Wivenhoe Yacht Owners Association, the film opens with sailing boats on the water at Wivenhoe, Essex, whilst the greater part of the film shows the East Coast Old Gaffers’ Race, on the Blackwater from Maldon. On a quiet and misty day, people watch from the beach. Any boating craft with a gaff rig is eligible for the Old Gaffers’ annual race, though many of the vessels taking part are smacks – lovingly restored fishing boats peculiar to this part of the coast.
Wivenhoe Yacht Owners Association was founded in 1968, and this film was made shortly after that time. The film features members of the Ocean Youth Club, the Old Gaffers’ Association, and the Stone Sailing Club.
The film is part of the BFI collection and can be viewed at: