Deep Water (2006)

Directors: Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell

A documentary about the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race around the world. This Story follows one of the race entrant Donald Crowhurst though a collection of media clippings, eye witness accounts, and home movie. Crowhurst a novice sailer at best decides to enter one of the most daring endeavors ever attempted, to take a yacht and single-handedly sail that vessel around the world. Crowhurst stakes his life savings and his family’s financial security in a fools dream for wealth and glory. The story follows Crowhurst as he obtains his vessel and prepares for his voyage encoutering mishap after mishap. Finally on the last possible day to set sail to qualify Crowhurst sets sail into foreign water only to be met with disastrous results.

I first discovered this film back in 2006 when it was a new release and aired on PBS and felt I must obtain a copy. Like allot of great programing that appears on public broadcasting i’m sure this piece has faded into obscurity. I found this story to be both exhilarating and heart wrenching especially when you view home footage of Crowhurst alone at sea. The trials and tribulations these men faced both the physical and mental are nothing short of spectacular. IMDB rates this film at a 7.9 I would go one step further and rate this film an 8.5.


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