I make no comment on what the last film commentary drew forth. However, I draw your attention to Deep Water, a British documentary currently screening at a film festival here.
It tells the well-known story of Donald Crowhurst, an entrant in the first nonstop solo round the world race.
At a time of sailing heroes, Crowhurst is shown as a talented but struggling family man with a dream of achieving recognition, who sets off still wearing his tie knowing his boat is not ready. Ill-prepared he finds himself in the Atlantic faced with the dilemma of choosing between probable death in the Southern Ocean and financial ruin for himself and his family should he give up. Succumbing to temptation he elects to remain in the Atlantic and fake his progress joining back in the race at the tail end. In the end fate takes a hand, and he is faced with exposure. Alone for many months he has ample time to consider the consequences of his choice between what he comes to see as the forces of good and evil.
The film is based on newsreels of the time and interviews with his colleagues, his wife and children. These provide both, a context against which his actions can be seen, and the wider view of the impact on his family and others.
When empathy and context are added to the bald facts the result is a moving drama, certainly of interest to would-be sailors and others interested in human aspirations.