Coming soon to a theater near you...
Fifteen young (and inexperienced) sailors, six months of intense training, and a 52-foot sloop provided by Roy Disney himself - that's the premise for this new True-Life Documentary about the youngest sailors ever to to enter in the 2300 mile Transpac - one of the most revered of open-ocean sailing competitions.
Disney has this video scheduled for general theatrical release this Fall, but you can watch the trailer and visit the movie's website by clicking here .
About the film:
"Morning Light," a real-life adventure feature film recorded as it happens, whatever happens, was part the 2007 44th Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii in a project led by race veteran Roy E. Disney. Based on the premise of "the youngest crew ever to sail Transpac," the film chronicles the recruitment, training and performance of sailors as young as 18 years old.
On their own, they sailed a Transpac 52 called Morning Light . None of the participants were actors. There was no script and no preconceived outcome. Disney said, "If we do our job right, I don't care as much whether they win or lose as how they come together as a group and wind up a team in the end. However they do is how they do. But we're giving them the equipment to win."
Disney purchased the Transpac 52 Pegasus from software developer Philippe Kahn. The Transpac 52s Alta Vita and Rosebud , part of the world's most dynamic grand prix class with more than 30 boats in 15 countries, have placed first in the last two Transpacs on overall corrected handicap time.
Disney credited the TP 52 class executive director, Tom Pollack of Newport Beach, for inspiring the project. "We always thought there must be a way to expose Transpac to the world," Disney said. "Morning Light, a real-life adventure feature film recorded as it happens, whatever happens, was be part of last year's 44th Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii in a project led by race veteran Roy E. Disney.
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July 27, 2008