Three Great Sailing Movies

I’m a recreational sailer. I’ve been sailing on Saginaw Bay since I was a little kid. We started off sailing Snarks and Sunfish. In the early 1970’s my dad took advantage of a marketing campaign by Kool cigarettes where we could purchase a Snark with the white and green KOOL logo on the sail. We still have this old boat and manage to bring her out to play with from time to time. One of the things that irks me is the lack of movie entertainment that revolves around my favorite pastime. I’ve managed to collect a few examples of movies with sailboats here.


Wind (1992) – Will Parker, played by Matthew Modine, loses the America’s Cup, the world’s biggest sailing prize, to the Australians and decides to form his own syndicate to win it back. Matthew Modine as Will Parker, Jennifer Grey as Kate Bass and Cliff Robertson as Morgan Weld


All is Lost (2013) – What happens when a single handed sailor hits a shipping container in the Pacific damaging his boat then to be followed by a raging storm. Robert Redford plays an unnamed character who must face is mortality and use his wits to survive.


Dead Calm (1989) –  A wacked out murderer comes aboard and tries to seduce a young woman after leaving her husband to die on a sinking ship. In addition, the madman slaughtered his prior crew. Starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane.


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