‘Ocean Odyssey’, 2010, 45’
Episode from documentary series Monster Moves
Documentary, HD, 45’
Windfall Films (UK)
A collection of high-spec racing yachts that have competed in the gruelling Route du Rhum race have to be transported from the Caribbean to France – without their hulls getting wet.
Every four years, the Route du Rhum sees the cream of the sailing fraternity race across the Atlantic from the French coast at Saint-Malo to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on their state-of-the-art thoroughbred yachts. These bits of kit cost a fortune, and many of their owners think it’s not worth the risk to sail them home again across the threatening Atlantic. Their solution is to call in a team of marine engineers to help them out.
These guys have the task of loading a collection of multi-million pound monohull and multihull boats onto the back of a 30,000-tonne cargo ship, packing them tightly and making sure they make it back to France undamaged. It is a tight squeeze to get these 50ft long boats safe and sound on board. The team also have to contend with the egos of some of the owners and a storm…