At Whitstable, Kent, England, July 18, all the yachts entered from fourteen countries for the Flying Dutchman Yachting World Championship took part in a practice race.
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Background: At Whitstable, Kent, England, July 18, all the yachts entered from fourteen countries for the Flying Dutchman Yachting World Championship took part in a practice race.
First came the ceremonial hoisting at the Whitstable Yacht Club of the new flag for the Flying Dutchman Class.
Last minute preparations were made on the beach by the French and Russian crews, whilst the men from Belgium and Austria shackled on their sails.
It was the first time that Russian yachtsmen have competed in English waters.
Great Britain's entry "Pandora" took the water and was soon at the starting line with the other competitors, and with the firing of the starting gun, the yachts were quickly scudding across the sunlit water, racing before the wind with spinnakers billowing out.
Racing round a market buoy, the crewman had to go out on the "trapeze" - a wire fixed near the masthead ending in a strong body belt to support him in mid-air above the water with his feet on the gunwale - to prevent the yacht heeling over too far.
From the air the yachts made a lovely picture as they raced across the waters off the Kent coast.