Jus’ Sail – St. Lu­cia Pre­miere of award win­ning Van­ish­ing Sail movie

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Lo­cal her­itage sail­ing com­pany, Jus’ Sail, is hold­ing a unique fundraiser on De­cem­ber 12 in sup­port of its sixth an­nual youth sail­train­ing pro­gramme. Each year, Jus’ Sail takes a co­hort of un­em­ployed lo­cal youth, 18-25 yeas of age and pre­pares them for work in the marine sec­tor through sail train­ing, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment. Their grad­u­ates have suc­cess­fully at­tained full time em­ploy­ment within a num­ber of lo­cal com­pa­nies, with high rates of sat­is­fac­tion.

Van­ish­ing Sail is a mul­ti­award win­ning doc­u­men­tary tak­ing over five years to film and pro­duce. The movie fol­lows the chal­lenges and suc­cesses of one of the re­gion’s last re­main­ing tra­di­tional boat builders.

This movie sees Al­wyn Enoe, one of the last boat builders in the Eastern Caribbean, prac­tic­ing a trade passed down the gen­er­a­tions from Scot­tish set­tlers that arrived here more than two cen­turies ago. 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, told by some of the last old Caribbean Sea char­ac­ters weave through the film like the cur­rents through the reef.

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

Jus’ Sail’s own ves­sel, Good Ex­pec­ta­tion, is an au­then­tic Car­ri­a­cou Sloop, built in 1984 on the same stretch of beach in the com­mu­nity of Windward, Car­ri­a­cou in which Van­ish­ing Sail was filmed. She also fea­tures in the movie in the open­ing cred­its. As such, it was a nat­u­ral de­ci­sion for Jus’ Sail to want to bring the movie to St Lu­cia and to hold its pre­miere as a fundrais­ing event for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the youth train­ing pro­gram, which seeks to re­con­nect our St Lu­cian youth with the re­gion’s long her­itage of sail­ing and sea­far­ing.

The even­ing of Mon­day, De­cem­ber 12 con­sists of two screen­ings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. with an in­for­mal wel­come within the cin­ema com­plex, where drinks will be avail­able for pur­chase prior to the screen­ing from 5p.m. for first screen­ing and 7 p.m. for sec­ond screen­ing. All drinks rev­enues will go to sup­port the pro­gramme so drink up!

Tick­ets go on sale at the IGY Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina from Mon­day, De­cem­ber 5, how­ever, they can be re­served through the Jus’ Sail Face­book page which is rec­om­mended as tick­ets are extremely limited for this one night only event.

Tick­ets are $30 and a Jus’ Sail t-shirt and ticket combo is $80. All prof­its go to sup­port the train­ing pro­gramme. For more in­for­ma­tion check the Jus’ Sail Face­book page. Tick­ets can also be re­served by call­ing 2866970.

We look for­ward to see­ing a great turn out of lo­cal per­sons and ARC par­tic­i­pants. This event will be one to re­mem­ber, so don’t miss out!

The movie pre­miere of Van­ish­ing Sail is an of­fi­cial event on the ARC cal­en­dar and ev­ery­one is in­vited to sup­port this fundrais­ing event!

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