FROM the Archive this week features a photograph of the Bristol Chanel pilot cutters race in 1906.

Eleven boats entered the pilot cutters race which started from a mark boat just off Penarth Pier, then a race to the Copperas Buoy which was opposite Hangman Rock near Ilfracombe and back to a mark boat off Sully Island in total a course of 70 miles.

The winning boat named Hope from Barry was owned by Mr Sam Davies.


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In the photograph, Hope is on the right leading the race past Friars Point.

The winner received a cup and £50 prize money.

On the day of the race it was good sailing weather.

A grey morning followed by brilliant sunshine with a fresh easterly breeze.

At 9am the first gun was fired and the boats manoeuvred for position then the second gun fired and the boats were off.

The Hope finished in an official time of nine hours 26 minutes and 35 seconds.

The Barry & District News would like to thank Cllr Shirley Hodges for the photograph and information.

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