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