Snapshot, 1979: Helicopter parents on speedboats

It’s 29 August 1979, and while waters off the south coast of England aren’t always the warmest, even in summer, that doesn’t stop the Brits from enjoying their aquatic sports…

For Peter and Jan Armstrong — speedboat racers and residents of the coastal town of Worthing — they know all too well that there are precious few nice days to get out on the water with their children, and when a good day arrives, they must make the most of it. Enter the speedboats. For what better way to spend a summer day than dividing up your family into two teams and battling against each other in a friendly little race?

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