A Caribbean Tradition
Vanishing Sail: A Caribbean Tradition focuses on Alwyn Enoe as one of the last wooden boat builders from Carriacou practising a trade that was passed down through generations by the original Scottish settlers who arrived in the eighteenth century.
Enoe is approaching his seventies and with no more orders coming in, he chooses to build one more sailing sloop with the help from his sons with hopes they would carry on the tradition.
Vanishing Sail is a fascinating documentary, which connects the audience following the three-year journey of Alwyn’s progress and despair – from hauling trees out of the forest to a final traditional launching ceremony on the bay side for the birth of ‘Exodus’. This one of a kind film shares stories of trade and smuggling contraband of the last old Caribbean sailing character.
As with most Caribbean family business, Alwyn risks all of his family’s resources with the creation of the wooden vessel (Exodus) just to compete in the Antigua Classic Regatta – five weeks and three hundred miles away the movie depicted.
This documentary was beautifully filmed and movingly narrated; it truly was a heartfelt story, not only does it show the simple Caribbean lifestyle but what hard work and dedication can achieve. With the soundtracks and angles of the film, it really connected the audience with the tale of a Caribbean tradition and making the moments authentic. It was surreal for me, I felt like I experienced most of the occasions with them. The birth of Exodus was a true beauty not to mention she rode the waves like a champion.
The premiere of this documentary was an official event on the ARC calendar spearheaded by Jus’ Sail as a fundraising event.
The Jus’ Sail programme takes a cohort of unemployed local youth, 18-25 and seeks to prepare them for work in the marine sector through sail training, certification and personal development. Their graduates have been successfully placed in full time employment within a number of local companies, with high rates of satisfaction.