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[Movie] Deep Water

I just watched "Deep Water". Some here know that I plan to cruise extensively in the near future, and can expect to have an interest in dramas and docs about sailing. But for a more generalist audience, I'd have to say I can't recommend highly enough this very strange tale about the first solo, non-stop sailboat race in 1968-69, and how it affected one family in ways I won't spoil here. Let's just say it was very effectively done, and has far more "original media" than I thought would've existed.

The focus on having guys in an extremely dangerous, if protracted, sporting event make film and audio tapes of their journey is what links that period to this: how it would play on TV.

A few here understand this directly, but for we more coastal sailors, the film provides some perspective on how hard it is to sail alone in generally terrible weather for months on end, dealing with endless breakages, limited communication and your own thoughts for dubious company can be summed up by noting that far more people have travelled in space than have completed solo, non-stop circumnavigations in the last 40 years.

Even today, with GPS, better search and rescue, satellite phones, vastly improved weather plotting, half the people that attempt it fail through injury, boat breakage, or sometimes just because the ocean eats them and they are never found.

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Thumbs up Absolutely agree...excellent movie.

Highly recommended.
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It is indeed excellent....And available as a free download from the net.

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Thanks for the tip, Valiente. Looks to be a good one to help get through the winter. Also looks like a good one for a sailing club to show at a mid-winter chili-fest.
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We just watched this last night! Soulesailor and his first mate came over and we tried for a mid-winter sailing fix. I didn't really know what to expect, but I too was very impressed. A really well put together documentary that sailors and non-sailors alike would enjoy. It's as much a tale of the human spirit as it is about the ocean.

Be warned: There are a few shots of seas that made us all squirm. Some footage of rounding Cape Horn made soulesailor exclaim, "I'd call that a big bowl of F#%* that S$@&!"
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Sasha - Where's the free download located?

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An excellent movie.

Watching the movie made me question alot of things I had thought over the years. Any thought I once had of doing a solo circumnavigation have now been replaced with me knowing I would not mentally survive the trip without my wife at my side.

I fully understood what he must have been feeling.
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You should Check out Water World. A lot of people will say how terrible this movie is, I agree bad acting etc.. But the concept is great.
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Hey Val, did you miss this?

DEEP WATER - the documentary

I started a thread on this around Christmastime...... fascinating stuff.

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Bad acting, but the trimaran rocks...
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You should Check out Water World. A lot of people will say how terrible this movie is, I agree bad acting etc.. But the concept is great.

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