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Jaded old bastards that we are, when we first saw the trailer for the documentary Sailing With Copepods earlier this year, we didn’t expect much; 15 years of Sailing Anarchy means we’ve seen literally hundreds of ‘trailers’ for sailing movies that either never get made, or should never have been made.
So when the film’s creator Barbara McVeigh sent us a private screener for the full, 20-something minute movie, we were intrigued, and then we watched it, and it was blown away. Racing With Copepods is an instant classic, and a film you’ll rush to show any kid you know and love. Have a peek at the trailer above, and read Barbara’s note below for more info on an absolutely stunning piece of cinematography that should have a long lasting effect on every child’s introduction to the sport.
This is my first film as a producer. I had the vision, wrote the grant, co-wrote the film and produced the film with co-writer and film director Carlos Grana. We had two weeks to pull production together once we received funding from Schmidt Family Foundation, and when we began our work, an entire international team of sailors and scientists came forward to help us. Then came Dr. Sylvia Earle. We had little money, but we understood the gravity of an important message to convey – our ocean needs help and we’ve got kids coming into the world.
As a mother, sailor and educator, I asked myself “what is the most important work on this planet today?” To me, the answer is easy: It’s the ocean’s health. Nothing else matters unless we have a healthy ocean.
People are very land-base minded, as the child in the film Racing with Copepods recognizes and speaks about. We have to change this, considering our planet is mostly water. We know more about mars then we know about our very own planet. Yet, we get up to 70% of our oxygen from the plankton in the water. Our oceans are acidifying – that measures up to bad news.
Ironically, it’s often the billionaires who have profited from this damage, those involved in fossil fuels and more, who are still plying the waters for trophies in high-end boats.
As sailors, we have the highest responsibility to convey this message. People like Sir Robin Knox-Johnson have made their life, their name, their fame and their knighthood because of the ocean. But is it time yet to look back with greater respect to the legendary Bernard Moitessier, the man who was so far ahead of Johnston on that first-ever non-stop round-the-world race that he was assured of a win and instant fame, only to drop out and race around the globe again in order to make a bold statement about the ocean and his own spirit? In years to come, his honor will be highest. And with the oceans acidifying and dying off at a frightening pace, maybe now is the time to start being more like Moitessier. It’s time that the sailors who have benefited from the ocean give back on the highest level possible.
Billionaires spend small fortunes on carbon-fiber masterpieces to enjoy their racing. How about if some of them match a small portion of what they spend on racing to the places it needs to go if their children and grandchildren are to enjoy a living ocean? That means ocean foundations and science education, and currently only 5% of all environmental foundation money goes to ocean work. It’s not enough.
Historic sailors brought us to new lands. Today’s sailors can take us to a higher ground. Who’s on board?
The full version of Racing with Copepods will be available online after March. In the meantime, we’d love to see your support for the Sailing Education Adventures for science and sailing programs, and a $15 suggested donation gets you a private link or a DVD of the whole thing.
Aussie Eco-warriors can come and screen our film next month in Hobart, Tasmania at the inaugural Eco Film Festival. Come and meet our team, along with panelists: Dr. Richard Kirby, Taylor Griffith, Carlos Grana and me.
More screenings are lining up. Follow us on Facebook for the latest.
Sailor, Writer and Film Producer
October 26th, 2015 by admin
Newport is one of the world’s most iconic sailing destinations, and last month’s 11th Hour Racing Cup on Narragansett Bay was something of an introduction of the Class to a place filled with the world’s top sailors. Scheduling issues and light air turned a potentially amazing regatta into a bit of an exhibition, but who better to make it all look great than the awesome Onne Van Der Wal? Here’s his 3-minute HD wrap of the action.
June 25th, 2014 by admin
Nicky, Hillary, Emma, & Lindsay show off their eco-warrior 11th Hour Racing colors during an all-day postponement at the Moth Nationals. This mix of wags, volunteers, and moth racers shows us the way to more sustainable regattas – more pics and news on the US Moth Facebook Page. Meredith Block photo.
March 22nd, 2014 by admin
While organizers struggle with pollution issues for Key West Race Week, 100 miles to the North, entry fees for the first event of the 11th Hour Racing Moth Winter Series were ZERO thanks to the event sponsor, an environmental organization. That’s not the only innovation from a strong US Moth Class that now features crossovers from not just skiffs and sportboat superstars, but A-Cats and even Sunfish – Matt Knowles checks in with the report from day one in Key Largo, with photos from Marco Oquendo and a full gallery here.
17 International Moths descended on the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo Florida for the first stop in the 2014 winter series. In connection with its partner 11th Hour Racing, the US Moth Class is hosting a three stop winter tour dedicated to great racing and spreading the message of environmental sustainability. Day 1 was slalom racing in a fresh breeze that was forecast to build to frightening. A few sailors permitted discretion to thwart valor and stayed on the beach.
After a 6-race qualification series plus a repechage, 8 sailors advanced to the grand final. Just as the boats started, a 30 knot gust rolled across the course. In the end, only two boats managed to flimp back upwind to finish: Antony Kotoun (ISV) took the win over new class member Patrick Wilson (USA) who showed impressive boat handling in the big air. Tomorrow the class turns to fleet racing using an America’s Cup reaching start. Full gold fleet results: 1st Anthony Kotoun (Newport, RI); 2nd Patrick Wilson (Charleston, SC); 3rd Johnny Goldsberry (San Fran, CA); 4th Matt Knowles (Newport, RI); 5th Tommy Loughborough (Barrington, RI); 6th Bora Gulari (Detroit, MI); 7th David Loring (Charleston, SC); 8th Ben Moon (St. Pete, FL).
January 4th, 2014 by admin
Once upon a time sailors went to sea with just a sextant and a barometer to guide them across the oceans (oh and of course some rum), but nowadays we have come to rely on complex computer programs that when fed with high resolution gribfiles of different wind models at different altitudes calculate your optimal route. We are also spoiled with a wealth of satellite and infra red imagery, wave models and ocean current data that we can download in seconds via our sat comms systems on board. We would usually get at least 4 grib files a day and on the approach to the equator would be monitoring satellite images to make aninformed decision on the best place to cross the ITCZ. Unfortunately for us that vital sat comms system that feeds us and our computer with all that important decision making data has decided to go on strike for now, so our forecasting materials have been somewhat down graded.
November 18th, 2013 by admin
After our forestay detached from our rig, we spent the better part of 30 hours getting to Lorient to try and fix the problem. When we arrived in Lorient we found three people waiting for us on the dock: Ryan Breymeier, a good friend and fellow American short-handed sailor, Yann Le Bretton, prepareteur who we met in Charleston this year at the Atlantic Cup and Yann’s girlfriend who’s name I didn’t catch. As soon as we got to the dock they hopped on board. Ryan had a dock cart full of bits to sort out all of our trouble; a mast jack to jack up the rig so we could fix the forestay problem, vacuum bag material to fix our leaky rudder post, and a bunch of rigging bits to put it all together. On top of all of that they brought 2 large pizzas.
It’s pretty awesome to be in another country, in a harbor you have never been in, pull in with a broken boat (and broken Rob but we will get to that in a minute), see two faces you know smiling at you telling it will all be OK and pull off the dock just 4 hours later with it all fixed. Ryan asked if I was OK because Hannah mentioned that I had hurt myself. So, sometimes I over do it. People that know me will laugh at that because maybe it’s more than sometimes. Anyway, I think I pulled something too hard and both my forearms were swollen and really painful. Anytime I pulled or grabbed something I was in a lot of pain and of course sailing is all about pulling and grabbing so nedless to say, I was suffering. Ryan told me he had spoken to a doctor at the hospital and that I could go to the Emerrgency Room and walk right in. He said there would be no wait and that the doctor would sort me out. I ws thinking no way. I was just in a hospital in France 2 weeks ago getting stitches in my finger and it took 4 hours for 3 stitches. Yann’s giirlfriend took me to the hospital, we walked in and the doctor took me in in less than a minute! They took some blood and spoke a lot of French words I didn’t understnd and told me I pulled tthe tendons in my hands and forearms. They gave me some pills and cream and a splint for one arm and we were out the door in an hour.
When I got back to the boat, all the work was done. All the tools were being put away and they were tossing us our lines. As I write this, I am smiling from ear to ear. We have worked so hard to get here. We will never give up. As of now we are back on the race course, going down wind at about 14 knots! With the help of some friends and some good sailing from us, we will be right bck in this race very soon. Thanks to everyone for your support.”
Follow Team 11th Hour’s progress on the course with the online race tracker HERE. For more news and information on Team 11th Hour Racing please visit their Facebook page and their Website. Print quality images of Team 11th Hour Racing can be found HERE
November 12th, 2013 by admin
October 29th, 2013 by admin
BTW – has anyone noticed that the English seem to have given up on ever getting to the finish line of the Fastnet before all the French have finished, eaten, slept, and eaten again?
August 14th, 2013 by admin