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Sports Talk ' The Navy at Play' Lt. Commander R. WOODROOFE


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We are all familiar with regattas on the river or at our favourite seaside places, with the streets hung with bunting and illuminations at night, but a kind of regatta quite new to most of us will be described this evening by Lieut. Commander Woodroofe in a talk as vivid and colourful as his ' Cricket in the Seven Seas ', which he gave last June.
Every British Fleet, wherever it may find itself, whether at Scapa Flow or off some Greek island or in some gruelling bay in Ceylon, holds its annual regatta. Training has gone on for weeks; excitement mounts up to the day when the fleet anchors at the appointed spot, and the ships form a line for the boats to come down.
Two days of fun and rivalry; twenty-two races-seamen, boys, stokers, cooks, bandsmen compete amidst shouts and cheers. The ship gaining the most marks wins the ' cock' and serenades the losers in the evening.
But everything to do with the Navy at play comes into this talk, from the helter-skelter round the decks with the band playing, and cross-country races over the strangest courses imaginable to the most delightful picture of all- when the ship's engines stop in mid-ocean and lifeboats are lowered and every man not on duty splashes into the water for a quarter of an hour's bathe.


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Sports Talk ' The Navy at Play' Lt. Commander R. WOODROOFE

National Programme Daventry, 6 October 1934 18.30

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