Photo courtesy of Alexis Andrews and www.vanishingsail.com
Frank Langley has secured a pre-release showing of the film “Vanishing Sail” by Alexis Andrews, showing the construction of an old traditional wooden sloop as used for the transport of goods and people between the Caribbean islands before air travel.
The film will be shown at the St. John School of the Arts, in association with the St. John Film Society on Tuesday, February 21 at 7.00 pm. and Langley will be hosting the film-maker, Alexis Andrews, who will be traveling from Antigua to introduce the film with a follow-up Q&A session.
This remarkable film shows all the stages of construction of the last one of these classic boats on the island of Carriacou in the Grenadines, from the felling of trees to the launching and racing of the finished sloop in the Antigua Regatta.
Alwyn Enoe, the last boatbuilder of these beautiful sailboats, is approaching his 70’s and is fearful that his craft will be lost when he is gone. The film is intended to re-kindle interest in building these boats. There is already a Danish boatbuilder, Peter Ravn, who has plans to build one in Coral Bay, on the beach. To learn more on that, visit www.facebook.com/woodensailingcraftinthevirginislands/
Please also note that the 17th Annual St. John Arts Festival has been set for February 18-22. Please check the St. John Tradewinds calendar for more information.