MASCOTTE, one of five original working Bristol Channel Pilot cutters, all over 100-years-old, is pictured at the start of the annual Barry Yacht Club ‘Cock of the Bristol Channel’ race.

These boats, now recognised worldwide for their sailing ability and seaworthiness, raced for the original trophy which dates back to the early 1900s.

The largest-ever fleet of historic Bristol Channel pilot cutters came to Barry Yacht Club last weekend (Saturday May 8-9). The five boats are 100 years old, 50 foot high and 80 foot long, and recreated the glory years of pilot channel racing where they competed to get to incoming ships first to offer their services.

Among the fleet was The Mascot, the largest-ever Channel pilot boat. Vessels came from as far away as Scotland and Falmouth especially for the event.

Howard Metcalfe, Commodore at Barry Yacht Club said: "It was very special to witness these majestic, beautiful boats sailing the Channel. It was like going back in time and a privilege to behold."

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