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Vanishing Sail – premieres April 3rd at the Annapolis Film Festival

| March 29, 2016, 06:28 PM | 0 Comments
Vanishing Sail

The award-winning sailing documentary Vanishing Sail will be screened on Sunday, April 3 at Maryland Hall as part of the Annapolis Film Festival. The story follows Alwyn Enoe, pictured, in his quest to build one last wooden sloop and a culminating race.
Photo credit: Alexis Andrews

Making its Maryland premiere at the Annapolis Film Festival, the award-winning sailing documentary Vanishing Sail will be screened on Sunday April 3 at 10 am at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Auditorium, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis. The documentary charts the journey of master Caribbean wooden boat builder Alwyn Enoe on his quest to build one last wooden sloop and the culminating race. Following the screening will be a Q&A with director and cinematographer Alexis Andrews, with special guest author and maritime scholar, Douglas C. Pyle, moderated by ESPN sailing commentator, Gary Jobson.  Trailer and more information at Tickets are available online at or by clicking here.


On the tiny island of Carriacou, in the Eastern Caribbean, Alwyn Enoe is one of the last wooden boatbuilders practicing a trade passed down the generations from the original Scottish settlers that arrived more than two centuries ago. He is approaching his 70s and with no more orders coming in, he decides to build one last sailing sloop with the hope that his sons will continue the trade.

The film follows Alwyn’s progress and despair over three years – from hauling his trees out of the forest to a final traditional launching ceremony on the bayside. Stories of trading by sail and smuggling contraband from the freeport of St. Barthelemy weave through the film like the currents of the Grenadines, told by some of the last old Caribbean sea characters.

With all the family’s hope & resources now in the wooden vessel, Alwyn decides to try and complete her in time to race in the Antigua Classics – five weeks & three hundred miles away – here traditional West Indian and metropolitan elements fuse to create the final resolution of the film.


“An insightful and poignant documentary that is part social history and part Herzogian portrait of resilience and determination in a far-flung locale.” INDIEWIRE

Directorial Discovery Award – Rhode Island International Film Festival
Audience Choice Award – Rhode Island International Film Festival
Caribbean Spirit Award – Best Overall Feature Film, Caribbean Tales Film Festival

People’s Choice Award – Best Feature Documentary, Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
Best Film – Maritime Film, Jachtfilm Warsaw


Vanishing Sail is part of a transmedia project representing fifteen years of research that includes a 2 volume photography book, a unique archive of interviews with some of the greatest names in West Indies sailing, the building of five 42 ft traditional sailing vessels in Carriacou and an annual regatta on the island of St. Barthelemy sponsored by UNESCO. Vanishing Sail seeks to inspire sailors, coastal communities and maritime heritage projects around the world.

To see the films trailer please visit the Vanishing Sail website and Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for news & updates.

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