Originally Posted by PCP
A BBC movie about the 1979 Fastnet. It is not a documentary but a great movie centered on one of the boats and its crew. Great stuff...but keep your wife away from it LOL.
Yes, this is well worth taking a look at, and I personally found it quite moving. Anyone who has spent any time racing or sailing offshore is familiar with the anxiety that comes when the conditions become rough and you are out in the open.
I am not too proud to admit to having been afraid on several occasions offshore - although perhaps most afraid during a race in South Georgia Strait, between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia, when conditions went from fantastic to frightening within a matter of hours - winds gusting to 60 knots, driving rain, very cold, and trying to go upwind in a J/120 for 6 hours at night before finally making it to Secret Cove, on the mainland side, at dawn. Crossing the Columbia River Bar solo, delivering a Yankee 30 from Astoria, OR to Seattle, WA, was also a bit nerve-wracking.