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Bermuda Cockleshells (1957)

Approved | | Short, Sport | November 1957 (USA)
This "Sportscope" series entry chronicles a race for a special class of sailboat known as Bermuda Fitted Dinghy.


Harry W. Smith (as Harry Smith)


Earle Luby


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Complete credited cast:
Peter Roberts Peter Roberts ... Narrator (voice)


A documentary look at the sailboats raced at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club - the Bermuda Fitted Dinghy, light, narrow, 15 feet long, plus a ten-foot bowsprit. The mast is 40 feet high and the boom is 21 feet long, so there's up to 1000 square feet of sail. It only goes in the water when it's ready to sail, because it needs a crew of 4 to 9 to weight the dinghy and keep it upright. We watch crews of youth - the Firefly fleet - prepare their own 12-foot version of the racing dinghies. The shallow draft and center-board construction make for racing thrills. The physics of boats sailing into the wind is explained. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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dinghy | sail | yacht | crew | bermuda | See All (27) »


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Release Date:

November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sportscopes (1956-1957 season) #12: Bermuda Cockleshells See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sailing in Bermuda...
19 July 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Peter Roberts narrates this brief glimpse of Bermuda sailing craft, courtesy of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club where men and children practice their skill in handling sailboat dinghies in the Bermuda waters.

The odd looking rigs make for picturesque viewing, but the film cries out for color. Sailing into the wind toward a finish line is the whole point of these races and sometimes the participants get more than they bargained for when the dinghies are upset by either a too crowded crew or lines that get snagged. Nevertheless, despite getting dumped into water occasionally, these crews of four to nine men seem to be having a good time.

It's a cooling off kind of thing to watch on a hot summer day.

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