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…
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Currently there are no vessels being built in Windward and the young men of Carriacou seek limited work in house construction and the local tuna fishing industry.
To help keep boatbuilding traditions alive, we propose to start a new 42′ build project to train young men and invite students from overseas schools and academies to participate. The outside influence will compliment the construction methods of these vessels and begin an exchange program for young people from the island so they can apply for scholarships to train at overseas boatbuilding and marine trades schools.
If you would like to join us in making this project a reality, please email us!
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"An insightful and poignant documentary that is part social history and part Herzogian portrait of resilience and determination in a far-flung locale."
"A haunting, captivating story that will pull heart-strings and etch in the mind of every viewer."
CLASSIC BOAT MAGAZINE
"The combination of excellent production values, a heartening story, the parallels between Alwyn's community and ours... it's a superb fit."
LUNENBURG DOC FEST
"Beautiful..."Download the press pack (pdf / 6.03 MB)
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