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Full of charisma and rebellion, Mike Plant remains one of the biggest stars – and saddest stories – in the history of American offshore racing, and what looks like a truly excellent documentary on one of the fastest solo sailors ever continues to make the rounds before a wider release.  They released the new trailer above last month, and you can catch a screening at the Twin Cities Film Festival later this month.

Additional showings should pop up on their Facebook Page, and if you see it, send in a review!

October 3rd, 2017 by admin

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Right now the only way you can see Christine Knowlton’s blind sailing documentary is if you still own a DVD player, but her site says it will be available on demand soon; until then, the easiest way to see Sense The Wind is to stop in on one of her month of screenings throughout SoCal and the Northeast US if you want to take a look at her award-winning work.  See it, share it with the challenged folks you know, and buy a copy of the DVD here to support Christine as she spreads the love about another thing our great sport can do. To see if Knowlton can come talk to your foundation, hit her up on Facebook here.


July 10th, 2017 by admin

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For every bikini-babe-clad voyage like Elizabeth’s milk run or the No Expats assfest, there are a thousand sailors living real life on the water.  They live a cramped and stinky life, they never see the green flash (unless it’s a bar name), they can’t find the right key for the Yanmar, and they lose their forestay on the first open water passage.

While these are the rites of passage that every cruiser must face, no one has told the story better online than the crew of the Pestilence from the “Anarchy Yacht Clubb” with the documentary known as Hold Fast.  You can watch them keeping it 100% real in the full show above, and make no mistake – it’s both very entertaining and a required reality check for the whole family thinking of heading to sea for an extended period of time.  Hold Fast is also a great reminder to prospective filmmakers out there that high-quality storytelling can overcome low quality footage, but never the other way around.

Blue Anarchy has some well-written and interesting how-to guides for basic cruising essentials as well; hit them up here.


December 21st, 2015 by admin

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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.

Barbara McVeigh
Sailor, Writer and Film Producer

October 26th, 2015 by admin

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If you watch one documentary this year, make it this one (including Part Two and Part Three), and then get into the Sailing Anarchy forums and ask the trip’s official navigator your own questions on the most excellent Sailing Anarchy thread.  You are, however, warned:  The thread has numerous spoilers, so we advise you to first watch this riveting documentary at the above links or via your own favorite video source and go to the forum with your curiosity afterwards.  Long time Anarchist and a guy who should already be called “Sir” – World Speed Record holder and inspirational envelope-pusher Paul Larsen has already answered quite a few good questions in the thread; add your own and he’ll get to those too.  Trust us – this one is worth every second of your time.


January 28th, 2014 by admin


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