Historic motor boat racing is pretty amazing. British Pathé News has uploaded 85,000 historic films from the archives on to Youtube – all in HD – including some stunning early 20th Century powerboating and sailing footage.

Pathé News was originally founded in France in the 1890s and established in London in 1902. It is famous for its biweekly news gazette that was shown in cinemas from 1910 until 1970.

See the link below for a little taster of some powerboat racing scenes off Venice, Italy that were probably filmed over 90 years ago.




There's very little historical info – the youtube info merely describes the action in the footage – and no sound to go with the clip, so if you have anything to add to the description, let us know in the comments below.

For more on historic vessels, see  Five Classic Power Boats: Triana, Broom, Riva, Fairey, Albatross