Sailing films of the year
Sailing movies had a real moment this year and it wasn’t just in Hollywood! From indie flics, to sailing documentaries, to vloggers turned adventure filmmakers, there’s a great lineup of new sailing films across the genre. Here are the sailing movies that made headlines (and a few hidden gems you probably didn’t know about).
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Nike Steiger (of White Spot Pirates vlogging fame) has spent the last five years fixing up and solo sailing her 30+ foot aluminum boat Karl around the world. It chronicles the many trials and tribulations of fixing up Karl (including hull damage, and engine failure galore!) and goes on to show Nike’s sail through the Western Caribbean, an experience which she describes as a, “Roller coaster ride through tears and utter bliss.”
One of the most extraordinary and tragic stories in sailing, The Mercy recounts the story of Donald Crowhurst (played by Colin Firth), a British amateur sailor, inventor and father of four, who attempted to become the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world in the 1968 Golden Globe Race.
A group of four young sailors from BC take on the Race2Alaska a 750 mile journey to Ketchikan, Alaska by human and wind power alone. Also known as the “Sailing Iditarod” or “The America’s Cup for Dirtbags” the film shows the challenges of a sailing adventure without engines or outside support.
The true story of a couple who, having survived a hurricane in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, must find their way back to land on their damaged boat with no way of calling for help. Romance and drama on the high seas!
A documentary that follows professional offshore sailor, Mike Plant’s solo round the world adventures in the 1980s and recounts strange exploits like his escape from Greek authorities on a drug trafficking charge and time between bars in a Portuguese prison
Already seen these sailing movies? Check out our list of sailing vlogs for more screen time inspiration.
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