The Riddle of the Sands-a fun Sailing Espionage Movie

If you enjoy Sailing Movies, this is a good one to watch. It’s a very interesting Movie where you Sail with the Tide. And sit on sand when the Tide is out. But the Story line is about a Secret Invasion of England by 100,000 German Troops and it is found in the strangest of ways. Almost by accident. But putting the plot together was extremely dangerous. But it’s one I enjoyed and I think you will too. So Pop some Popcorn and Enjoy!

While on a sailing holiday off the coast of Germany, a young English yachtsman has a run-in with a local German captain. His suspicions aroused, he calls in his old friend from the Foreign Office and the two set sail again, only to find that the Germans are planning an invasion of Britain and they are the only two who can stop them.Initial release: March 16, 1979Director: Tony MaylamStarring: Michael York; Simon MacCorkindale; Jenny AgutterMusic by: Howard BlakeBased on: novel by Erskine ChildersWritten by: John Bailey; Tony Maylam

The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service is a 1903 novel by Erskine Childers. The book, which enjoyed immense popularity in the years before World War I, is an early example of the espionage novel and was extremely influential in the genre of spy fiction. It has been made into feature-length films for both cinema and television.

First edition
AuthorErskine Childers
GenreInvasion novelAdventure novelSpy novel
PublisherSmith, Elder & Co
Publication dateMay 1903
Media typePrint (hardback and paperback)

The novel “owes a lot to the wonderful adventure novels of writers like Rider Haggard, that were a staple of Victorian Britain“.[1] It was a spy novel that “established a formula that included a mass of verifiable detail, which gave authenticity to the story – the same ploy that would be used so well by John BuchanIan FlemingJohn le Carré and many others.”[1] All of the physical background is completely authentic – the various Frisian islands and towns named in the book actually exist and the descriptions of them accurate (often, from the author’s own experience). The same is true for the various “sands” of the title – vast areas which are flooded at high tide but become mudflats at ebb. Navigating a small boat under these conditions requires a specialized kind of skilled seamanship – of which the character Davies is an unsurpassed master, and the descriptions of his feats are of abiding interest to yachting enthusiasts, quite apart from their role in the book’s espionage plot.