There is a small group of islands in the Lesser Antilles where the traditions of boatbuilding were once crucial to the survival of local communities skimming a living from the sea. Hundreds of sailing vessels were once launched here, more than anywhere in the West Indies.
Today there is no more trading by sail, and these skills have vanished elsewhere in the region.
If this thing gone from here, everything gone you know…
Alwyn Enoe, Master Boatbuilder
Alwyn Enoe is one of the last boatbuilders practicing a trade passed down the generations from Scottish settlers that arrived in Carriacou in the 18th century. 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 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 of the Grenadines.
So the sea is our extension, that is our goldmine.
Michael Caesar, Former United Nations Ambassador
With the family’s hope & resources now in the wooden vessel, Alwyn tries to complete her in time to race in the Antigua Classic Regatta – five weeks & three hundred miles away – here traditional West Indian and metropolitan elements fuse to create the final resolution of the film…
Vanishing Sail is currently available for screening at Special Events, Film Festivals, Boatbuilding Academies, Maritime Heritage Institutions, Yacht Clubs, Fundraisers, Coastal & Caribbean Communities worldwide. Available now on DVD with Blu Ray & VOD coming in 2018.ORDER DVD for your EVENT
Like all good stories, this one began with a idea – to do something towards keeping the traditions of wooden boat building alive in the West Indies for another generation, we could make a short documentary. So together with a few friends, we shot some interviews, made a teaser and began an online crowd funding campaign.
Then everything changed!
The encouragement and immediate support we received launched us into a much deeper commitment in creating our film, taking the time to develop a story that can hopefully make a difference as well as an enduring tribute to the independent spirit of a small island community. The film is now completed and after a year on the festival circuit, we are expanding our outreach screenings to further inspire skills education programs, coastal community and maritime heritage projects, not only in the Caribbean but around the world.
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Thank you to ALL who have supported this project.