The riveting story of three human lives pushed to the edges of starvation, madness and betrayal! A small trimaran bound for Costa Rica capsizes in a sudden storm leaving its tiny crew adrift for 74 days and exposed to the unmerciful punishment of the sea. A suspenseful passage into the human spirit.
2. The Last Sailors
Hosted by Orson Welles, this is the story of the men and women who with their ancient crafts, still harness the wind and the sea for their livelihood.
3. Handling Sailboats Under Power
Teaches sailors all they need to know about how to handle a sailboat using an engine. This is especially important when you are maneuvering in close quarters, in and around moorings, docks and marinas. This program provides thorough instruction in sailboat handling, docking, close quarter maneuvers, handling strong currents and steering a course. Subjects Covered Include: Basics of Handling Sailboats Under Power, Approaching Docks/Moorings, Maneuvering in Close Quarters, Departing Slips and Docks, Wind to Your Port, Steering a Course, Wind to Your Starboard, Downwind, Upwind, Engine Maintenance, Handling Strong Currents, Backing, Trimming, Rules of the Road (Under Power), Paddle Wheel Effect, Clearing the Lines, Maneuvering in Close Quarters.
4. Living Aboard Sailboats
If you have ever considered living-aboard, then this program is certain to be a valuable source of information. Covers purchasing, financing, living quarters, plus design & storage solutions.
5. Top 60 Tips Sailing
Sail with Confidence! Tying knots, navigating, trimming sails, jibbing and tacking, basic seamanship – tips to make it easier are all right here! This program teaches the necessary tips, techniques and knowledge to sail from shore and get back to the dock safely. Subjects covered include: Preparing the sails, hoisting the sails, wind, weather, tides & currents, casting off, sailing maneuvers, safety, pulling in lines, anchoring, navigating, electronics, navigation rules, aids to navigation, docking, maintenance, purchasing a boat & piloting.
6. Weather to Go Boating
Learn how to recognize signs of approaching foul weather, a building thunderstorm, clearing weather, impending dangerous winds & sudden fog. Become a better mariner by learning observation, interpretation and understanding weather and forecasts. Among the subjects covered are wind, waves, storms, weather maps & symbols, tides, fronts, clouds, fog, sources of information and forecasts.
7. Keep Multihulls Simple – With James Wharran
Unique Sailing Catamarans from the man who invented them – Legendary Catamaran Designer James Wharram. For those interested in seaworthy boat design and development, this program documents an intimate view of the design process from legendary catamaran designer, James Wharam. James Wharram is without doubt one of the most renowned figures in the catamaran scene around the world. No other multihull designer has equivalent experience. He has designed, built and sailed catamarans for over 50 years. As a catamaran-designer, Wharram designs his boats according to the sailing canoes of the ancient Polynesians. In this program, James explains his thinking about yachts and cats and his special ideas and design details about his catamaran, “Spirit of Gaja.” He discusses the philosophy of sailing and the special details which make a catamaran a real “Wharram Cat.” They tell the story about the main structural parts of the boat which are only held together by ropes, saving weight by using double sheets instead of big winches. The quality of the Wharram self-built catamarans is reflected in their popularity, excellence of craftmanship and ‘sound sailing qualities’. 50 years on – with 10,000 sets of plans sold and thousands turned into proud vessels, Wharram ‘Cats’ can be seen in harbors across the world maintaining the highest reputation for surviving wind and wave. James Wharram – In the mid 50’s, based on his research into ancient Polynesian boat design, James Wharram built the first off-shore Catamaran in Britain and sailed it out into the Atlantic. While the World’s yachting community were busy dismissing such a design as a worthy sea-going vessel, James was landing his 23′ 6″ ‘Double Hulled Canoe’ in the West Indies. There he built a second 40′ Polynesian style Catamaran and sailed it back to the UK, being the first to sail a catamaran across the North Atlantic. These amazing Trans-Atlantic crossings have etched the name ‘James Wharram’ into the annals of yachting history.
8. Sail Trimming Made Easy
Presented by Peter Bateman, world champion and managing director of North Sails. This program is aimed at helping you trim sails more effectively in order to make your boat go faster. Excellent onboard photography and graphics demonstrate the basics of sail trimming, genoas, mainsails and spinnakers.
9. Winning With Lawrie Smith
Learn techniques about sail trimming, sailing tactics, race strategies, from one of sailings most successful racing sailors. From tuning afloat and finally into a race, this program shows high quality and close-up action.
10. Racing To Win with Gary Jobson
World Class Instruction! Gary Jobson is a world class sailor and has been ESPN’s commentator for several America’s Cup races. Live action and new three dimensional computer animated tactical illustrations show you how Jobson performs and thinks. In this program he shows you how his tactics win. Learn start, windward & downwind tactics with 3D animation.
11. A Sailors Dream
Listen to the sailor’s stories of the ships they sail and why they love the sea. This program is an intimate look at sailors, talking about themselves and why they sail.
12. Race & Win – Making The Best Of Your Crew
This program is the ultimate reference for racing crews. It provides a detailed look at the mechanics involved in each individual crew position on a modern race boat including: bow, mast, pit, headsail trimmer, tailer, tacks, jibes, douses & main trimmer. Hosted by racing coach Tucker Thompson, this instructive program provides a detailed look at each crew position and allows you to analyze each position and learn the entire crew’s responsibilities. Go on board and learn just how the pros do it!
13. Learn How To Sail – with Penny Whiting
One of the clearest, most user-friendly teaching guides for those going afloat for the first time.” A detailed, step-by-step guide to the basics of sailing which teaches, what to know before you go sailing, getting underway, the secrets of sailing and mastering the art of sailing. With on the water instruction, this program covers every aspect of sailing including the skills and confidence of boat handling and how to sail a 47 foot keel boat. Penny Whiting, is New Zealand’s leading sailing instructor and a popular television yachting commentator. Learn: Rigging & parts of the boat, hoisting sails, gybing & coming about, reefing & knot tying, wrangling the spinaker & much more! Penny is the owner-operator of the “Penny Whiting Sailing School” which has taught more than 20,000 students to learn how to sail.
14. The Racing Sailor – Winning Tactics For Small Sailboat Racing
Learn how sailboats work, how race courses are laid out, how to sail faster and win from our motion-realistic animations! Featuring a combination of live-action footage and computer animation, this comprehensive production demonstrates winning tactics for small sailboat racing. The Racing Sailor illustrates how sailboats work, looks at racecourse layouts, and offers sailing techniques and strategies (both upwind and downwind) designed to help sailors increase speed, turn more quickly, and finish strongly. You’ll discover everything you need to take your boat from the dock to the winner’s podium, including strategy, tactics, and boat handling. Learn all the tips & techniques to increase boat speed, point higher and turn more quickly. Also features a nautical dictionary and a tutorial on sailing knots. Teaches: Race starts – Upwind strategy and tactics – Reach tactics – Downwind strategy – – Finishing techniques – Wind shift management – Offensive techniques – Mark rounding
15. Spinnaker Sailing – The Basics
Unleash the power of your Spinnaker! America’s Cup champion sailor Tom Widden provides on-the-water instruction on trimming, launching, gybing, dousing and packing. This program demonstrates spinnaker handling for both cruising and racing chutes and provides pointers to crew positions when handling spinnakers and the effect of changing the height and angle of the spinnaker pole.