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Improve Your Sailing DVDs

The Best DVDs You Can Get to Improve Your Sailing

In my opinion, these three Boat Whisperer DVDs are the best around for improving your racing skills in dinghies. I particularly love the first two - the Upwind and Downwind DVDs, as they are full of incredibly useful tips and explanations that help all sailors improve. If you don't own them I strongly recommend you get your hands on them - pretty much everyone can learn an awful lot very quickly.


Sailing Movies and Documentaries

Recently Released Sailing Movies on DVD

The Best Sailing Movies


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



All is Lost

Starring Oscar winner Robert Redford, All is Lost is the story of an unnamed man lost at sea. A rogue ship container hits his boat while he sleeps, causing serious damage and diasbling his communications due to the saltwater intrusion. The film is then the story of his fight to keep the boat afloat and himself alive as he tries to find rescue.

The movie was well-received, and Redford widely lauded for his performance. Not all the sailing-based detail stands up to close scrutiny, but the film is compelling viewing and a must-see for most sailors.


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Wind

Based (very) loosely on the 1987 America's Cup, Wind is the story of a young sailor intent on winning back the America's Cup, and winning back his ex-girlfriend. The movie probably has the best sailing action sequences in film history, and is popular among sailors.

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These reviews by the movie-watching public are really good.

Another good review of Wind: "...it places the focus out on the water instead of ashore, and it contains some of the most exciting sailing footage I can imagine."

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Deep Water

I love Deep Water. The first ever Single-Handed Round the World race is packed full of extraordinary stories, but the story of Donald Crowhurst is particularly fascinating and poignant. This movie-length documentary covers it brilliantly, and it touches on many of the fascinating aspects of the race alongside the main story. If you haven't seen it, it is one of the few things I can genuinely say is a "must-watch".

Get your hands on a copy - you won't regret it.

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Interesting facts relating to the documentary

  • A new movie based on Donald Crowhurst's voyage is in production, starring Colin Firth as Donald Crowhurst, and Rachel Weisz as Donald's wife, Clare.
  • There is a superb book documenting the race called A Voyage for Madmen
  • The film is from the producers of Touching the Void - a good movie/documentary (mostly worth seeing for the extra documentary bits which are amazing). It is based on the wonderful book by Joe Simpson, well worth a read, as it is as compelling a story of human survival as I have come across.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Captain Ron

A non-sailing family inherit a yacht formerly owned by Clark Gable, and decide to collect it so they can sell it. They enlist the help of Captain Ron to help them, and their lives are turned upside-down. A very popular movie amongst sailors, the film sees Kurt Russell in a comedy lead - not something you witness every day.

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Charlie St Cloud

Zac Efron plays Charlie St. Cloud, a young man who receives a sailing scholarship to Stanford University. But when his younger brother dies, Charlie is forced to make some difficult decisions about his own life.

The movie is based on the novel by Ben Sherwood

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Dead Calm

A couple are sailing in the Pacific when they come across a distressed man who is a lone survivor on a terminally damaged boat. But their efforts to help him lead the couple into danger...

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Masquerade (Rob Lowe)

An orphaned heiress falls in love with a young yacht racing captain, but he isn't all that he seems.

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Morning Light

The story of fifteen youngsters training for and racing in the TRANSPAC against top professionals.

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MaidenTrip

This is well worth a watch.

When 14-year-old Laura Dekker decided that she was going to sail around the world she caused quite a stir. The public was divided as to whether someone that young should be allowed to embark on such a trip, and the state got involved in an attempt to top her. But she was determined and, after much arguing, she set off on her trip.

This movie documents the adventure.

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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: Critics Score = 82%

If you want to know more about Laura Dekker and her incredible trip then you can buy her book (which has lots more information about her adventures) or have a look at her website, which still has her blog detailing her trip as she did it.

And here's a TEDx Youth Talk she did on her journey:



Knife in the Water

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, this movie - directed by the controversial Roman Polanski - was widely acclaimed by critics and is considered to be one of his finest movies.

The building tension and exceptional direction make it compelling viewing, and a movie that lingers long in the memory.

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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: Critics score = 100%



Triangle

Triangle is a psychological horror thriller following a group of friends on a sailing trip. When they are struck by strange weather conditions they get into trouble, and end up boarding a passing ship. Once on board, their trip gets stranger and darker...

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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: Critics score = 82%



Riddle of the Sands

The Riddle of the Sands is a great movie, and is based on the classic espionage novel by Erskine Childers. The novel is a brilliant read, and the movie does well to live up to its source material.

When two yachtsman on a holiday stumble across a German plot to invade Britain they have to thwart the threat by outwitting the best of the German navy.

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Waterworld

The most expensive movie ever made at the time of its release, Waterworld is a bit of a mixed bag of a movie. A good concept and some amazing sets, the movie falls down a bit with the plot and the script.

Well worth a look if you like multihulls, Kevin Costner and/or futuristic movies.

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Master and Commander

Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World won two Oscars and was nominated for a further eight. Widely acclaimed, it is an exciting historical epic set in the time of the Napoleanic Wars.

Russell Crowe stars as Captain Jack Aubrey, with Paul Bettany providing excellent support in his role as Dr Stephen Maturin.

The movie is based on the first in a series of books by Patrick O'Brian - a series that is hugely popular with sailors and novel readers alike.

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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: Critics score = 85%



White Squall

Directed by Ridley Scott (yep, him of Gladiator, Alien, Thelma & Louise, etc) and starring Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, etc.) White Squall tells the story of an ill-fated school sailing trip where the teacher and a group of boys have to use all they've learnt to deal with a ferocious white squall.

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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: Critics score = 65%



Kon Tiki

Unbelievably, this is based on the true story of Thor Heyerdahl who embarked on 5,000 mile sailing journey on a hand built raft, despite not being a sailor. the film was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and it is easy to see why. A beautifully shot movie and a wonderful story, Kon Tiki is well worth seeking out.

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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: Critics score = 85%



Violets are Blue

A photographer returns to her home town after 15 years travelling the world, and meets up with her ex-partner who is now married.

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The Dove

Based on the real life story of Robin Lee Graham, who set out to be the youngest person to circumnavigate the world single-handed, The Dove follows his adventures, including falling in love along the way.

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