A Caribbean Tra­di­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michele- Lau­ren Hack­shaw

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.

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