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An Island Olympic Journey

 

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An Olympic Journey

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An Island Olympic Journey

 

An Island Olympic journey. With the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 finally taking place in 2021, we take a look at how the Isle of Wight has played its part in the Olympic journey. This new film from IOW Films takes you back to the start of the games and introduces you to all those who have competed in the summer, winter and Paralympic games.

  • Introduced by Richard Jeffries
  • Narrated by Jay White

Featuring:

  • Sir Ben Ainslie
  • Louis Attrill
  • Andy Cassell
  • Trevor and Anne Collins
  • Paul Hix
  • Richard Jefferies
  • Jessica Martin
  • Leigh McMillan
  • Darren Mew
  • Nick Percy
  • Carl Prean
  • Shirley Robertson OBE DL
  • Colin Simonds
  • Andre Usborne
  • Sophie, Isla, Harrison, Thea, Ella and Helen and Dan

Produced by Richard Priest & HIWCF

Written & Directed by Kev Weeden

Running Time 70 mins. ©2022

Somebody else we felt worth a mention, but not in the film was Issac Thomas Thornycroft, known as Tom. Tom was the son of John Thornycroft the founder of the Thornycroft shipbuilding dynasty. A year after the 1908 London summer Olympics John for his retirement brought Steyne House in Bembridge from the MOD. Issac at the age of 26  took part in two Olympic events on Southampton water when, for the first and only time, Water Motorsport racing was a participation sport in the Summer Olympics. 
Tom with his crew of Bernard Redwood and John Field-Richards took part in Gyrinus a boat built by his father. Three different classes of boat were scheduled to compete for medals: an open class, an under 60 feet class, and a 6.5-8-meter class. Despite the staging of the event only six boats showed up to compete, five were British and one French.  
Despite the first race being called off due to the weather, later that day the Under Sixty Foot class (officially Class B event was held in the afternoon. Two boats entered, the Quicksilver and the Gyrinus. The course was approximately eight nautical miles, and the competitors were required to do five laps making a total of forty nautical miles of racing. Both boats ended the first lap pretty much even, but on the second lap the Quicksilver began to take on water and was forced to retire, allowing, Tom to win the first Gold Medal ever awarded for Water Motorsport.                 
The next day began with a Class C (6.5-8 meters) race. The competitors this time were a small craft called Sea Dog, and once again the Gyrinus boat.  For the first few laps it appeared to be a very competitive race, with both boats exchanging the lead and officially scored as less than a second between them.  The Sea Dog, however, developed a faulty valve and wound up breaking down on the course Tom Thornycroft once again was able to drive to a Gold Medal with no running competition.                 
Years later Tom, was called upon as a reserve for the British sailing team at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and travelled in his own boat to Finland as part of the team however, in the end, he was not required. Had he competed, he would have been over 70 years of age and in making his second Olympic appearance 44 years after his first.

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