Episode 53 of The Sailing Podcast is with Yves Gelinas talking about the re-release of his classic sailing movie ‘With Jean-du-Sud around the world’ in High Definition (HD). The movie won several awards when it was released and remains one of the best sailing movies of all time.
Yves Gelinas is also well known in the yachting fraternity at being the brains behind the Cape Horn windvane, a self-steering device he designed to meet his needs while sailing solo. All of this is well documented at Yves website – www.capehorn.com
In this episode we hear about:
- Being dismasted in the Southern Ocean
- How sailing is a work of art
- The Cape Horn windvane versus auto-pilots
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With Jean-Du-Sud around the world trailer:
Cape Horn Windvanes
The impetus for this interview with Yves Gelinas was the release of his movie in HD after work carried out by Don Peebles. The original movie was shot using the technology of the time, 16mm film with sinc sound.
Yves explains the challenges this involved, including having only a limited supply of film reels to use due to the low budget he was operating on. The HD version of the movie is available for purchase as a DVD or via download from the Vimeo website. Here is how to get a copy:
- Visit the Cape Horn Windvane website – www.capehorn.com
- Download via The Sailing Channel on Vimeo –With Jean-du-Sud Around the World from SailFlix on Vimeo.
‘It was the boat that chose me’,Yves Gelinas
The movie ‘With Jean Du Sud around the world’ comes in an English version as well as the original version in French. I did talk to Yves about why there was only a French version of the book he wrote – ‘Jean Du Sud et l’Oizo-Magick’. He still has the last few copies available to buy and explained how flying the Quebec flag caused difficulties with the English speaking members of the media industry. This led to his English version of the film being broadcast much later than the French version. It was also given a poor time-slot and had to be edited down to a much smaller film.
The popularity of the movie of circumnavigating the world solo is because Yves viewed sailing as a work of art. He looked at the journey as an artist and director, which led to scenes that capture the moments of the voyage that we, as viewer, can relate to.
Some ingenious filming techniques included creating a helmet cam and filming the yacht sailing from a kite camera. This was back in 1981, well before the Go-Pro became popular. Maybe he would have retired by now if he stuck with the helmet camera industry?
Links to Yves stuff:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CapeHornMarineProducts
Article on the dismasting of Jean-Du-Sud
Cape Horn Windvane website – www.capehorn.com
Episode 54 – Peter Heilberg
I have another interview recorded with Peter Heiberg about his self-published book:
I really like the description on the cover of the book, which reads:
“Snapshots from a life at sea, from sailing pilot cutters to cruise ship captain, from commercial fisherman to single-handed ocean racing”
His story includes owning a real Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter built in 1899 – Peter owned the cutter for over 30 years and I say a real channel cutter, because Peter teaches me a little about the difference between his yacht and the Lyle Hess designs, which were featured in the interviews with Lin Pardey and Franz Amussen. Keep your eye out for this episode coming out.
Thanks for listening and I hope you have a great day and thank you for joining us on our journey
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