INTRODUCTION:Thematically the story begins with the roll of the Credits; the legend of St. Brendan the Navigator, alone in an angry sea..520 AD. We Fade in on: REGGIE proposing in Panama to KATALINA. REGGIE's proposal of marriage did not go down well. The 2nd scene is REGGIE... suffering from a terrible hangover met by his upbeat, extroverted sailing Amigos... BODIE and his 20 year old niece KATE at Logan Airport Boston. A beat up Wrangler Jeep overflowing with sail bags is blaring a tune out of the 60's...causing a minor scene at pickup... The song "One Fine Day" very appropriate I feel for the introduction, the tune "can be accessed below". We then become acquainted with more of the central characters...JIMMIE FAYE and LINCOLN DOUGLAS … REGGIE goes back to AA where he started urged by his friend SPIKE. REGGIE picking up a white chip of surrender declares… “I know everything about how to stay sober.. But I’m not. If Roy was alive, my sponsor, he would be very disappointed.. I now have his boat… The only thing decent left in my life... I guess? Since I picked up again I lost my job... my career through health... My girlfriend... Everything that mattered... It’s a game of loss and I’m a loser... I know that... Every time coming back gets harder. It’s insanity." REGGIE has come back for Roy's memorial service at sea and to pick up his boat, bought from Roy's Estate that he helped re-design, an old restored 12 meter racing yacht that He, LINCOLN and JIMMY campaigned on during the Americas Cup trials years back. Sailing out of Marblehead alone his journey begins. Then on day four at sea, the angry storm hits off Cape Hatteras; barely surviving, he is set on a path not too unlike Parzival, the unconscious search within us all for the Holy Grail. Does he attain it... You be the judge.
The screenplay SOAKED for brevity… THREE STORIES: ... The FIRST to please children, sailors and landlubbers alike with dramatic sailing action coupled with CLEAN, realistic descriptive dialog to intensify the sailing action. Rich scenic beauty throughout the production… At times childlike comedy. Written for broad audience appeal… Even to please the most hard nosed competitive sailor… it’s tactically spot on for the racing fraternity.
The SECOND… Pure Entertainment. The Crew & Supporting Characters are highly likeable, to make you laugh, cry put you on the edge of your seat and cheer… All crew and supporting characters are gracefully resolved in the finale... Then EXPLOSIVE conclusion... Entertainment...There WILL be dancing in the Aisles... I guarantee it.... “After sailing 5000 miles”?... LINCOLN DOUGLAS & THE DEBATE…” Thanks to enterprising and talented VICTOR… LINCOLN and supporting character KATE…”The Harvard performing Arts Genius...” adopted niece of BODIE,. Supporting Character... Americas Cup sailor ’74… KATE’s been performing with LINCOLN since her high school days. We meet them in ACT One.
REGGIE...The Captain… World class Sailor, Seaman, Ships Officer, Naval Architect but a drunk. now EX drunk…thanks of course in part for the storm and his “RUDE awakening”.
HARRY...REGGIE’s Merchant Marine shipmate, & old AA buddy... Graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy… Ex Navy Seal, now sailing as Chief Engineer. HARRY met REGGIE aboard ship during Persian Gulf War. HARRY’s got 4 months vacation…expected a leisurely sail across the Pacific with REGGIE looking for Bali Hai.
LAUREN... Currently Deepwater Magazine’s ( A failing publication) Chief Photographer. A young widow, who was formally with CNN. A very accomplished sailor... A Wellesley girl from the MA. North shore. Strong girl but emotionally vulnerable.
VICTOR... World’s foremost fashion designer, strung out, a good guy, life in a gilded cage. Magazine acquaintance of Lauren... We find out, through VICTOR’s mother MARIA his older brother” N.Y. F. D. died 9/11 … His father Ernesto died on the N.Y. subway, Heart attack, looking for John. Ernesto sailed with HARRY’s father US Lines… MARIA knew HARRY’s father... MARIA “You are your father’s son, and brother of JOHN, N.Y. F. D., never forget that VICTOR… VICTOR looking down…”Mother you are embarrassing them” During an emotionally tense moment of the scene... REGGIE... "Any son of a U.S. Lines sailor is sure welcome on my boat. “We find out later in the story… VICTOR plays drums”… Story time frame around 2002.
ROXANNE.... Almost Dr. of Psychology, Fl. State. She’s being held back emotionally. GEORGE STILLWELL’s niece. GEORGE a great guy supporting character, a WW2 hero in the Pacific… Family owned boat yard in Fl. Perhaps the result of the loss of her father at a young age (4)... who we find was washed overboard during a yacht race in Florida SORC circuit... Roxanne a sweet fine person, warm, sociable, good sailor but still the loaner… Is she still waiting for her father to return? GEORGE and younger 2nd. brother JOHN STILLWELL Psychiatrist thinks so.
LINCOLN DOUGLAS... Like REGGIE a world class sailor on the North Shore... LINCOLN is also a great guitar player... LINCOLN DOUGLAS & THE DEBATE. As JIMMY FAYE, supporting character, a respected World Class Sailor, an Iron Worker out of Boston said...”THEY could have went far… MAYBE…Both LINC and REGGIE were thrown off East Wind during the Americas Cup Trials years before... (JIMMY having ran the foredeck in those days)... LINCOLN drugs... REGGIE drinking... For LINCOLN Sailing IS Rock N Roll. Clean now 10 years, his group all O’d around him. Pepper Davis is still with him. We find out, LINCOLN sober and clean thanks to his AA sponsor, the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. SRV had four years sobriety before plane crash the only one who was able to reach out to him. Lincoln’s sister Joan went to Wellesley with Lauren.
The Boat... is OLD… wood 12 meter... Said to be at one time, though… the most beautiful sloop ever built... now, REGGIE’s boat, called Worldwind... The New York Yacht Club needs REGGIE’s help because of his experience, in his yacht design efforts in Panama... and his experience in Polynesian waters… For his help they will provide all new Racing Sails... Does he have a shot at it?... not much… but with LINCOLN coming aboard in Panama, running the foredeck, with Reggie Captain, and the other fine crew members... and the right conditions… Who knows?... in the 4000 mile race for the Paul Gaughan Cup to Tahiti… The key for Worldwind an improbable west wind… REGGIE knows… James Michener’s description in his book HAWAII “Waiting for the West Wind”… in the final leg … 500 miles from Tahiti due west … a long shot at best, a weather tack... at the wrong time of year... the gales the ancient Polynesians waited for were from the West…”This isn’t the first time racing REGGIE might get lucky. As JIMMY FAYE told REGGIE in Panama... REGGIE they can’t touch you up wind in heavy weather… You got a shot at it... take LINCOLN… Who knows.The THIRD
… The Spiritual story… realistically conveys what can happen to a person, alone at sea coming out of an experience of a bad storm; main character spending 18 days at sea on the vessel during Act ONE... The experience, the terrible storm is intertwined with… Mythology... Brendan the Navigator…”Greatest single handed Sailor who ever lived”… Patron Saint of Sailors. The spiritual transformation is very believable. The story lightly autobiographical…The characters inspired in part by my own reality… many years sailing.... Myself having spent 33 days alone at sea on a challenged vessel mid Pacific before thankfully making port.
Perhaps in the end REGGIE IS?...You will need see the PRODUCED Movie (when and if from development) to find out... Then make your own emotional decision… REGGIE in the end, winning back his girlfriend KATALINA... The man she once knew before he went back drinking.
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Similar action in the screenplay.This picture depicts a 12 meter yacht off Newport Rhode Island during the Americas Cup Trials in mid eighties. "
Highly extroverted and upbeat... BODIE & KATE rolling into Logan Airport pick-up, in an old Jeep wrangler, top down, stuffed with sail bags...RADIO Blaring...in order to pick up REGGIE who's nursing a terrible hangover
In the FINALE after sailing 4000 miles non stop racing to TAHITI the FLEET is ready to let loose...LINCOLN DOUGLAS & THE DEBATE...joined by KATE who flew over for the festivities will be doing their interpretation OF THIS....WOW....coordinated with VICTOR'S Fashion show...his swim wear collection ... TO LINCOLN... SAILING IS ROCK N' ROLL.