Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World
The vessel is Infinity, a 120ft hand-built sailing ketch that plies the Pacific Ocean on a never ending voyage of nomadic exploration. In early Feb 2014, during the iciest year on record in the Southern Ocean, Infinity and her crew of 16 leave New Zealand on an 8,000 mile pacific crossing to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica. Along the way, they will battle a hurricane of ice in the Ross Sea, struggle with compounding mechanical and flooding problems, take on a mission with the radical environmental group Sea Shepherd and tear every sail they have. This expedition is undertaken with a non-ice-reinforced gypsy boat built by hand in the 1970’s, crewed by a band of wandering miscreants, with no permits or insurance and an almost non-existent budget. This story is about sailing, the awe of nature and the raw power of the physical world.
Directed and produced by Nico Edwards.
Saturday, Mar. 25, 2:30 pm – National Museum of Natural History