It’s almost vacation time for sailors! For this last newsletter before summer vacation, we offer you Five movies to watch while cruising – or racing! – This summer. A “heavyweight” selection, the best, in short, the crème de la crème:
See you Thursday August 18th with lots of new ones!
In solitaire, there is only one winner
Produced by Tip & Shaft and previewed at the 2022 Sailors Film Festival, the film is an exciting dive into the world of Solitaire in 2021 with a merciless battle between Pierre Quiroga and Xavier McCuire. Among the 34 skippers who started the 52nd edition in Saint-Nazaire, these two sailors at the top of their game battled hard for a month. A confrontation on the water, but also a duel of personalities, between the Mediterranean, who likes nothing more than to navigate by instinct, and the experienced sailor Figaro, who has declared himself the favorite based in the Vendée. The former’s emotion as he comments on his eventual victory shows how much this race remains a holy grail for sailors.
Thomas Coville says
Thomas Coville, “the curious sailor who knows how to make sentences,” was a guest on the 50th episode of Tip & Shaft’s podcast, Into the Wind. An extraordinary episode in three parts for six hours of interviews, Listen here.
A very good vintage!
These 52 minutes describe the crazy ninth edition of the Vendée Globe that started behind closed doors from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 8, 2022, with 33 sailors including 6 women and 8 new foilers. A version that consistently rejects the leaders: Jeremy Beyo, forced to turn around after two days of racing; Alex Thompson, forced to retire in South America; Thomas Ruyant and Charlie Dahlin, victims of foil damage; Yannick Bestavan caught in light air during a South Atlantic climb. But 80 days later the winner emerged, during the “Crazy Night of the Vendee Globe”, which saw five sailors chasing each other across the finish line.
Released ten years after the disappearance of Eric Tabarley in the Irish Sea, the film retraces the navigator’s journey into the hearts of the French in 1964 by winning the second edition of Austar, the English Transat. It will thus contribute to the popularization of a little-known sport and generate many jobs. Twelve years later, the hero of the Penn Dukes will do it again, promising a second win at the Austar… a spectacular film filled with archive images augmented by music by Yann Tierson.
Mini is worth it!
Told through ten stories, from pioneers Dominique Wittet and Roland Jourdain in 1983 to Ian Lipinski, who turned upside down in 2013, the story of the Mini Transat passed through the vision of future race director Denis Hughes in 1991. Also, Xavier Bluey’s stalemate in 2005 and Adrian Hardy’s sixth in 2007.
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