I just watched a great around the world race
documentary called Deep Water
Deep Water (2006) - IMDb
Below is a review from Amazon. Any other good/great cruising/boating movies?
This is a beautiful and compelling film. It is the story of the last voyage of Donald Crowhurst, a batty amateur of the finest British tradition: a man with a young family
and a struggling business who became fixated on the forlorn quest to win the 1968 Sunday Times solo, non-stop round-the-world-yacht race
Archive footage reveals that from the earliest stage Crowhurst, a tubby, cardigan-wearing thirty-seven-year-old inventor, had no idea what he was taking on. But he was certainly dressed for it: in a tie and slacks as he set off on the race! The poor man did not know what he was doing, how his plan had a hope of success, yet bizarrely he was financed, filmed and represented by people who ought to have known better. Most strangely of all he was allowed, even out of his garden shed, by his wife, a woman revealed by the documentary to be otherwise a sober, sensible, reflective and thoughful woman.
One of many tragedies catalogued in this film is that no-one had the wherewithal or gumption to tell this poor chap - in no sense one of life's winners, and certainly not the sort to be up for a round-the-world solo yacht journey - not to be such a blazing fool.
Yet, like a Greek tragedy, plot developments thereafter pile inevitably on, compelling the poor man on when even he had twigged it was sheer madness: the oppressive terms of his financing
, residual pride, his own ill-considered decisions to misreport his positions and, in the final strait, the sheer bad luck to have a couple of his competitors unexpectedly sink or go postal on him when all he needed them to do was simply complete the course ahead of him and allow him to finish in quiet, plucky British ignomin