sailing documentaries

We have done our little research to bring you the most amazing sailing documentaries . 

The list will keep on growing, but here is what we have so far. 


Hold Fast: Stories of maniac sailors, anarchist castaways, and the voyage of the S/V Pestilence... Over the course of two winters, four members of the Anarchist Yacht Clubb rescued a derelict boat from the inhospitable waters of Ft. Lauderdale, named it the S/V Pestilence, and sailed south to Haiti. Hold Fast describes what drew these friends to the ocean, and tells the story of what they discovered in the sea. It paints a picture of the S/V Pestilence in the context of all the sailing maniacs who have come before them, and ultimately attempts to suggest that the secret is always to begin.
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Director Moxie Marlinspike
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Alexander Selkirk - the Real Robinson Crusoe adventure story extreme



True story of survival and isolation. Inspiration for the novel by Daniel Defoe.







The Real Castaway


When Martin Popplewell was 15 years old he watched the film The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. From then on he was determined to live as a castaway on an uninhabited Pacific Island with a girl Friday.

When he realised his dream in 1989 he was just 18 years old. The adventure became a media sensation with journalists flying halfway round the world to cover the story. Martin kept a video diary of his experience.

In 2001 he returned to the Pacific to make a critically acclaimed documentary. The Real Castaway reunites the two castaways on their desert island 12 years after their experience. It's a story about adventure, growing up and the pursuit of an impossible dream.

In The Times, Matthew Parris described The Real Castaway as "absorbing ... visually very beautiful ... an extraordinary tale".

Time Out -- "very watchable ..."

The Sunday Times described The Real Castaway as one of THE must watch programs over Christmas saying it "has to be seen to be believed".








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The Tangaroa Expedition (The Kon-Tiki Expedition) 2012 Documentary


All his life, Olav Heyerdahl had heard the stories of his grandfather: of how he crossed the Pacific in 1947 on a primitive raft made of balsa wood. Now at last, he got to experience it first hand.

As a tribute to his grandfather and the original Kon-tiki expedition, Olav and his team built a new raft in Peru and sailed it all the way to Raiatea in French Polynesia. When they arrived on the 24th of July 2006, after four months at sea, over a thousand people greeted them in a traditional Polynesian welcoming ceremony. This is a spectacular and unique documentary of the modern day voyage, with footage of the 1947 expedition setting the context. The 1947 Kon-tiki film won an Oscar, and Thor Heyerdahl's book has sold more the 50 millions copies worldwide. At the time, the whole world was amazed by this eccentric Norwegian explorer. The story continues to enthral 60 years later, only this time in colour.




Footage by Nordic World © 2005-2012






Mike Perham around the globe


The worlds youngest around the globe sailor.








Chasing Bubbles - Full Movie


This is the movie about wildman Alex Rust, who at 25, traded in his midwestern lifestyle, for that of derelict sailboat captain. With no previous experience, he and his bearded pals dare to circumnavigate the globe in desperate pursuit of a meaningful life. Watch their adventures aboard their 39 foot sailboat fondly named: "Bubbles."

Directed by Topher Cochrane with Alex Rust
Edited by Chris James Thompson and Andrew Swant
Produced by Topher Cochrane and Laurie Adrianopoli
Produced by Ross Gerber - Special thanks to the Rust Family




The Rust family has created a memorial to honor Alex's desire to help children. To support, visit







CHASING THE SUNRISE is documentary about building a sailboat from scratch, then crossing the Atlantic Ocean with it. 
A 4500 Nautical miles journey on a homemade sailboat. The voyage was from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey to L'estaque, Marseille in the south of France. 

The boat was designed by JAMES WHARRAM Catamarans and built by Jacques Pierret with the help of his family and his friends.
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Sailing the Northwest Passage



This is the second part of the sailing adventure of Claudia and Jürgen. After falling in Love with the North, they decide to sail to Greenland and spend a full year there. Meaning, to spend a winter in the ice. From Greenland Claudia and Jürgen heading into the legendary Northwest Passage to find the way through the Arctic into the Pacific.




Sailing off the beaten tracks - world cruising on board LA BELLE EPOQUE -
Blauwassersegeln abseits der ausgetretenen Pfade - Geschichten einer Wasser.Welt.Reise -




Gave up his job to SAIL around the world 



Filmmaker Kevin A. Fraser captures the incredible life of David Welsford—a young man from Nova Scotia who gave up his possessions and the conventional ways of life to sail around the world in pursuit of happiness, adventure and simple beauty. In the documentary, Welsford explains how he found his boat—a modest 50-year-old vessel spanning 28 feet—in a scrap heap, which he then restored to working and livable condition. After two years, Welsford set out for the first time in Puerto Rican waters and describes the emotional experience of setting out for the first time into the vast blue unknown.


And what does he do for money? For Welsford it’s simple. “I think I understand money in my way of understanding money, which is: once you figure out how to make enough, then go do the things that make you happy. There’s always a way to make money. There’s always a way to live. I have enough to go and have a beer, and enough to go to the grocery store, and enough to put some diesel in the tank of the boat—and I think I’m one of the richest people in the world. I feel great.”










The story of a landsmen Milan Koláček sounds like a classic American dream. His father introduced him to ships when Milan was just a child. At the age of ten, he helped his father build his first sailboat and later on they exchanged their roles. His father and his brother left their jobs and helped Milan to realize his dream. To build a racing boat with his own hands and take part in one of the most difficult solo sailing races in the world - Transat 6.50. Nearly eight thousand kilometers across the Atlantic Ocean.


He and his small boat only. As fast as they could. However, before they reached their objective, it was a long way. University studies of composite materials, work experience in Ireland and New Zealand in the famous shipyards Cookson Boats, where yachts are built for Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup. With the knowledge and enthusiasm, but without money, he started the construction of his boat and eventually realized his dream in 2012 and even won the French Championship of solo yachtsmen







Wayfarer dinghy cruising. 4000 miles in a wayfarer



4000 miles in a wayfarer dinghy is the cruising documentary account of Steve Clarke-Lens 1991 epic deep sea sailing voyage from the Ionian Islands in Greece to Egypt up the river Nile and back again. ( 




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Take Me To Pitcairn - Full Documentary


Seduced by tales of endurance, villainy and adventure, one man attempts to re-trace the romantic voyages of the most infamous fugitives in British naval history. However, he soon discovers he is not alone on an emotional quest to reach one of the most remote islands in the world.
Take Me To Pitcairn was directed, filmed and presented by Julian McDonnell. Anyone interested in the Mutiny on the Bounty MUST see this.








Identity (Sailing Documentary)





One year ago in December 2013 they  left La Spezia (Italy) to sail to Ibiza (Balearic Islands, Spain) for Christmas.

Music is: Ride by Lana Del Rey, 20 years by The Civil Wars, Even Born Again by Sarah Jaffe, Vision Valley by The Vines, Home by Gabrielle Aplin, Horfid by Lay Low, Cold Summer by Seabear, Aquarella I Risinu by Anna Halldorsdottir, and Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey. .




Eight and One Dog - Sailing across the Atlantic (Documentary)



Eight strangers and one dog sail across the Atlantic together in a 14 meter sailboat. Join the crew as they navigate through the excitement and struggles of each day, sailing from Spain to the West Indies.






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Lost on the Atlantic (Full Documentary)


German biologist and experimental archaeologist Dominiqu Goerlitz has a dream - to prove that Stone Age man could have sailed a tiny reed boat across the Atlantic from Europe to the New World - and back again!

In July 2007 Dominique and 11 sailors from four countries set out from New York harbour to test his theory. Their 10-metre boat, the Abora III, a reed vessel constructed in Bolivia from Goerltitz’s interpretation of prehistoric rock carvings in Europe and North Africa.

Back in the 60s, legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Atlantic like this from West to East. But experts had said it was impossible to come back against the wind.

But Goerlitz’s rock carvings suggest Stone Age man had lee-boards to sail against the wind, navigated by the stars and could use the Gulf Stream to carry them westwards

Prehistoric men from Europe could have colonised and traded with the Americas thousands of years before Columbus! That would explain why tobacco seeds - found only in the Americas, were detected in the mummies of Egyptian Pharaohs like Ramses II. 

Abora III has been thoroughly tested in model form using the latest technology. It should be more than up to the task of crossing 1,500 nautical miles of sometimes wild ocean.

Under a warm sun and a steady breeze, the voyage starts well. But then things go wrong. One after another the leeboards snap, unable to resist the pressure of the Atlantic swell. Abora III was riding high when it left New York. Now she begins to sink into the ocean as the reeds absorb salt water.

Sudden and unexpected Atlantic storms weaken and then tear off the Abora’s stern. In spite of the crew’s efforts - ceaselessly tightening the reed bundles that form the Abora’s hull - they have to abandon ship 600 sea miles short off the Azores, near the African coast. Abora III had sailed for 59 days and covered more than 900 nautical miles.

The expedition failed. But one experiment did work. Abora trailed behind her, seeds from the New World that somehow found their way east thousands of years ago. Traditionally it is believed that they floated across the ocean. But Goerlitz’s saturated seeds refused to germinate in Europe. Dominique believes this is proof they could only have been brought by man.

This is a sweet, thrilling and spectacular film, in which 11 people risk everything to prove that our forefathers knew so much more than we ever believed. If Stone Age man had half the courage of Abora III’s crew, they certainly deserved to succeed!








Six people on-board a small yacht sailing across the Arctic. Three months in the wilderness, away from the cares of daily life. Encounters with people and ruthless nature. The feeling of a great surprise at what they find in the kingdom of ice... This film is about an outstanding challenge and making a huge turn in the history of sailing by the youngest crew in the World. 
This film is also about the meeting of unique people who fight for survival by their own rules and about the Innuits, whose children hunt seals and prepare the meat in the morning and play video games and send text messages to their friends in the evening.




Joshua Slocum : Sailing Alone Around the World






Blakey -  Sir Peter Blake (Sailor) Documentary






The Wind Gods - Full Movie








Fiona Battles to Reach Antarctica HD

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