A Century Across the Pacific
Roy E. Disney & Leslie DeMeuse
This historical documentary video of the Transpacific Yacht Race traces one of the world's most prestigious sailing events in harmony with the evolution of America's 50th state. From its conception by a Hawaiian king in the 19th century through 40 races leading into the new millennium, it features the men, women and even children who challenged 2,225 nautical miles of the Pacific under sail.
Many of them, among some 150 interviewed, tell their own stories, crafted around 300 hours of archival film dating to the 1920s and still photos from as far back as the 19th century. The material, exhaustively researched for accuracy, was gleaned from libraries, museums and the personal collections of competitors themselves. There are 14 segments featuring all aspects of the race and life alone on the open sea.
It's all there: a hundred years of drama, danger and adventure -- the tree-size topmast of Goodwill, at 161 feet the largest vessel ever to compete, snapped off and flying about in the rigging threatening to destroy the boat at any moment; Ted Sierks, miraculously rescued after being lost overboard for 29 hours; Windward Passage skipper Mark Johnson declaring, with poignant satisfaction, "This one's for you, dad," after sweeping 1971 honors to redeem his late father Robert's disappointment of two years earlier.
DVD — $25