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Archive footage reveals that from the earliest stage Crowhurst, a tubby, cardigan-wearing thirty-seven-year-old inventor, had no idea what he was taking on. But he was certainly dressed for it: in a tie and slacks as he set off on the race! The poor man did not know what he was doing, how his plan had a hope of success, yet bizarrely he was financed, filmed and represented by people who ought to have known better. Most strangely of all he was allowed, even out of his garden shed, by his wife, a woman revealed by the documentary to be otherwise a sober, sensible, reflective and thoughful woman.
One of many tragedies catalogued in this film is that no-one had the wherewithal or gumption to tell this poor chap - in no sense one of life's winners, and certainly not the sort to be up for a round-the-world solo yacht journey - not to be such a blazing fool.
Yet, like a Greek tragedy, plot developments thereafter pile inevitably on, compelling the poor man on when even he had twigged it was sheer madness: the oppressive terms of his financing, residual pride, his own ill-considered decisions to misreport his positions and, in the final strait, the sheer bad luck to have a couple of his competitors unexpectedly sink or go postal on him when all he needed them to do was simply complete the course ahead of him and allow him to finish in quiet, plucky British ignominy.Read more ›
Crowhurst set sail in the 40-foot trimaran "Teignmouth Electron" on the date of the race deadline, October 31, 1968. The story of his voyage, his predicament, and surprising decisions is told through old 16mm movies taken on board the boat and interviews with son Simon and wife Clare Crowhurst, friend Ron Winspear, journalist Donald Kerr, and Ted Hynds, who was deputy to Crowhurst's dodgy press agent Rodney Hallworth. Competitors Robin Knox-Johnston and Bernard Moitessier provide an insider's perspective on the race, Moitessier in the form of films and logs, since he is deceased. Francoise Moitessier shares her husband's experience and her own. Along with Tilda Swinton's narration, they paint a compelling picture of this groundbreaking 10-month endurance test.
This is one of those rare documentaries that might suffer from spoilers, so I'll be vague. "Deep Water" superbly recreates Crowhurst's grave dilemma and his character which obliged him to cope as he did.Read more ›
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Had never heard of this story. Very compelling. Great documentary.Published 5 days ago by S. Feeney
Fascinating story and well done. I have watched this like 4 times now with different friends and family that I wanted to see it. The psychology is amazing.Published 4 months ago by Dave
Like a few others have mentioned, this is not so much a book about the race as it is about Donald Crowhurst, the lone inexperienced 'average joe' competitor. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mme. Allen
This documentary focused mostly on Donald Crowhurst, but I would have liked to know more about Moitessier and the other contestants. The story of Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by crazy8bargain