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Featured Video - The Hooligan Navy

The Hooligan Navy (The Corsair Fleet)
hooligan navy-filmthmb   This 47-minute documentary originally aired as part of A&E's "Sea Tales" series. It is a little-known story about a band of young yachtsmen and fishermen who were recruited during World War II to help protect the United States' East coast from Hitler's deadly fleet of Nazi U-Boats. 

Please also enjoy the many other fine selections in our Film Library:

Ken Read - What Sailing Has Meant to Me
KenRead-filmthmb   Accomplished yachtsman and President of North Sails Group says he owes everything in his life to sailing, beginning with the weekend sails he did with his family on a 30-foot sloop they inherited. This short clip is from an entertaining talk Ken gave during the inaugural US Sailing Leadership Forum.

2013 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year
Rolex 2013 winners   An inspiring celebration of Brian Porter & Jody Starck, the 2013 Rolex Yachtsman & Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. This year's winners both say it's all about family.

"What Do You Stand For?" - Sail Newport
sailnewport-filmthmb   Through programs like Sail Newport's, sailing is a sport... no, a lifestyle... that's accessible to everyone from ages under 8 to over 80, and that you don't need a lot of money to sail.
America's Cup: Cronkite Reports - Parts 1 and 2
    Walter Cronkite is on the scene of the 1987 America's Cup. Race by race, he chronicles Dennis Conner's challenge of recapturing the cup from Australia.

The Science Behind the America's Cup: Apparent Wind
AC72science-apparentwind-filmthmb   The AC72s of the 34th America's Cup can go faster than the wind. This changes all the conventional tactics surrounding a difficult to understand facet of sailing - apparent wind.
The Science Behind the America's Cup: Liveline TV Graphics
AC72science-liveline-filmthmb   The AC Liveline graphics are a technology breakthrough for this Americas Cup, providing real time graphics embedded in the live broadcast from a helicopter following the race, sophisticated tracking and telemetry systems, and a military grade GPS that can track the boats accurately to within 2 cm.

The Science Behind the America's Cup: Physical Fitness

AC72science-physical-filmthmb   The AC72 catamarans used in the 34th America's Cup are incredibly fast, and their powerful rigs and foiling techniques also make incredible demands on the physical and mental stamina of the athletes that crew these high-tech beasts. This short video takes a look at the training science used to get and keep these sailors in winning athletic condition. On these boat, fitness is not just needed to win; it's also a safety requirement. 
The Science Behind the 34th America's Cup AC72 Wing Sails 
AC72science-wingsail-filmthmb   The boats used in the 34th America's Cup - AC72s - are giant catamarans with a revolutionary 40 meter (131 foot) wing sail that is about the same size as a jumbo jetliner's wing. The technology of these sails allows the trimmer to power up the boat so it can fly 3X faster than the speed of the wind.

The Science Behind the 34th America's Cup AC72 Foils
AC72science-foils-filmthmb   The AC72 catamarans can fly - literally - at speeds nearing 50 miles per hour. Explore the science behind the foils that turn these already fast giant race cats into turbocharged extreme speed demons.
Racing to Bermuda: A Century on the Ocean (2006)
Racing to Bermuda: A Century on the Ocean (2006)   Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Newport to Bermuda Race, the 2006 Race had a record 263 boats, over 2,500 sailors, and challenging light conditions. Join the crew racing on-board the classic yacht TICONDEROGA.

Salute to John Mecray
John Mecray Salute Video   A tribute to one of America's most accomplished realist painters. Known for his paintings of America's Cup and other sailing yachts, John Mecray was also instrumental in the development of the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) and the Museum of Yachting.

Celebrating 50 Years of FAST: North Sails 1957-2007
Celebrating 50 Years of FAST: North Sails 1957-2007  

This video reviews the 50 year history of North Sails, from 1957-2007, and provides a glimpse at the art and science of sailmaking.

2010 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year
  A quick look at the accomplishments of Stan Honey and Anna Tunnicliffe - the 2010 recipients of US SAILING's Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the year. 

Hobie - A History
Hobie History Video   A history of National Sailing Hall of Famer Hobie Alter (Class of 2011) and the iconic boats he created from his company, which began when he started building surfboards as a teenager.

Introducing the Class of 2012
2012 NSHOF INDUCTEES-filmthmb   This video is a brief introduction to the 9 Hall of Famers in this, the second Induction into the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

The Candy Store Cup 2009
  The Candy Store Cup is a pursuit style 40 mile big-boat race that starts and finishes in historic Newport Harbor, with free drinks for a year at Newport's Candy Store.

The Story of the Southern Yacht Club
  A touching 5-minute story of the 2nd oldest yacht club in the United States - a New Orleans mainstay that in recent years rose from the ashes of Hurricane Katrina.

75th Vineyard Race - The Stamford Yacht Club
  This 15-minute movie brings together several sailors recalling their stories from the race, including Gary Jobson's experience racing the Vineyard with Ted Turner, and the 2006 race when Hurricane Ernesto became a last-minute player in the competition.

WIMRA - Driving Womens Match Racing to 2012
  This 47 min. video offers a bit of history of Women in yacht racing, plus gives exciting preview of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, which for the first time will feature Women's Match Racing.

A Contemporary History of Eastern Yacht Club
  Aurae Vela Vocant - "The Winds Call to the Sails". Yachting in America was dynamic in 1870 when the first defense of the America's Cup took place in New York Harbor. That was the year when 12 yachtsmen founded the Eastern Yacht Club. This 54-minute film uses narratives from 25 Eastern members to tell a rich and storied history of one of the oldest clubs in the U.S.

KUSI-TV News Story on 2011 Induction of National Sailing Hall of Fame
KUSI-TV San Diego
  Features interviews with Dennis Conner (who grew up & sailed out of San Diego Yacht Club) and Ted Turner.

2010 Newport to Bermuda Race
2010 Newport Bermuda Race
  Join narrator Gary Jobson and the crew of AURORA as they compete in a fleet of 183 yachts in this fun and challenging offshore race. Learn about the storied history of the race and get a taste of what it's like to crew aboard a go-fast yacht in a 635 mile endurance test.

The 2011 National Sailing Hall of Famers + Tribute to Walter Cronkite
2011 Hall of Famers   Watch highlights from the 2011 National Sailing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at the San Diego Yacht Club, followed by a tribute to Walter Cronkite - for whom this year's Induction was dedicated - and interviews with some of the 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees.

Go Beyond: The Outward Bound Wilderness Experience
outwardbound-libthmb   Go on board with 10 teenagers as they set out from Maine on two Hurricane Island 30-foot sailboats, embarking on an educational adventure to promote personal growth.

Ghosts Of Cape Horn

  This nautical documentary uses rare footage to follow the boats and crews of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who dared the 18,000 mile voyage from New York to San Francisco, including passage around the infamous Cape Horn. Narrated by Jason Robards.

Paul Cayard's El Toro
Pierre Cayard and his son, America's Cup veteran Paul Cayard with his El Toro dinghy   This 7-minute segment from Episode 2 of "America's Cup: Uncovered" tells the story of America's Cup veteran and 2011 National Sailing Hall of Famer Paul Cayard and his father Pierre, who sought out to find and restore the El Toro dinghy that began Paul's sailing career more than 40 years ago.

American Women In Sailing Project
Women in Sailing   A collection of stories - including film & video - to celebrate the achievements of American Women in Sailing.The Project will include several videos from the mid-90s featuring the first All-Women America's Cup racing team of America3.

Maine Built Boats - Art & Soul
Scene from Maine Built Boats   Explore the beauty, craftsmanship and unique heritage that is shared by all Maine-built boats. Gary Jobson produced and narrates this 52 -minute adventure into the boat shops and rocky waters of Downeast.

The Hooligan Navy (The Corsair Fleet)
hooligan navy-filmthmb   This 47-minute documentary originally aired as part of A&E's "Sea Tales" series. It is a little-known story about a band of young yachtsmen and fishermen who were recruited during World War II to help protect the United States' East coast from Hitler's deadly fleet of Nazi U-Boats. 
Why Do Kids Sail?
Bay Head YC Opti A Junior Sailor   Presented by Bull & Bear Sailing and Godfather Productions. Junior sailors talk candidly about why they sail.

SPERRY TOP-SIDER "Passion for the Sea" Series
  SPERRY TOP-SIDER has produced well over a dozen unique short films, each telling a story about a person, boat, event or aspect of sailing that makes the sport a lifelong joy for so many Americans young and old. We are currently highlighting one new video each week on our home page before moving to them to the SPERRY TOP-SIDER "Passion for the Sea" Film page, which you can access by clicking here.

From the Helm with Bill Koch and John Bertrand
America's Cup class boat splits in two
  This 14-minute video by America's Cup legends Bill Koch and John Bertrand takes a look at the "bleeding edge" of Cup-level competition from the beginnings of the regatta back in the 1800s.

Using some rarely-seen archival prints and footage, they examine the limits of yacht design and tactical decisions that make the difference between winning a race and losing the boat.

BPYC-75: The Biddeford Yacht Club
Founders of Biddeford Pool Yacht Club
  A simply endearing look at the beginnings, trials and tributes of a sailing club built by ten brothers on its 75th anniversary. Biddeford Pool Yacht Club is a small, 100-family club on Saco Bay about 20 miles south of Portland, Maine. BPYC's story mirrors those of scores of other clubs across the nation, and indeed of the history of recreational sailing in America

Sandbagger Documentary - Presented by Bull & Bear Sailing

  Historic, fast and fun! Sandbaggers were used as work boats in the 1860s and became one of the first sailboats used for racing in the United States.

(Photo provided courtesy Nelson Sailing Center)


Nantucket Race Week 2009
Nantucket 2009 Race Week
  Every year the beautiful island village of Nantucket sponsors Nantucket Race Week, and every Race Week is a fun and exciting event for the entire family. 2009 was no exception. Here is Gary Jobson's colorful report, with highlights including the IOD Celebrity Regatta and the Parade of Rainbows (known as Beetlecats everywhere else).

The Privateer LYNX
Scene from
  Come aboard the LYNX — an interpretation of an actual privateer named LYNX built by Thomas Kemp in 1812. The ship is used to teach lessons in history, teamwork and the environment.

Shake-A-Leg Miami Promotional Video
Shake A Leg kids   Shake-A-Leg Miami, a non-profit organization in the heart of Coconut Grove on the shores of Biscayne Bay, is a community boating center where everyone is welcome to come share and enjoy the healing powers of water. From the physically disabled, to at-risk youth, from the able-bodied to the developmentally challenged. Shake-A-Leg Miami is a place where boats and dreams are launched. Please visit them at www.shakealegmiami.org or call 305-858-5550 for more information.

RACING: Business Leadership & Management
  Sponsored by the World Presidents Organization at the Annapolis Yacht Club, this 1 hour and 12 minute panel discussion features leaders in both business and yacht racing as they talk about the commonalities that make for a successful business and a winning race team. Moderated by Gary Jobson, the panel includes business leaders Bob James and Terry Kohler.
Presented in two parts.

Henry Rodgers Ship Model Collection - U.S. Naval Academy Museum

  See the remarkable details of the Henry Rodgers Ship Model Collection, which includes 108 models of sailing ships and boats dating from 1650 to 1850, many scale models built for British Admiralty. In 1935, Colonel Henry Huddleston Rodgers bequeathed this collection to the U.S. Naval Academy. Using cameras typically employed in medicine, the video uncovers intricate details of below-decks portions of the ships - sights not seen since these antiques were built.

Nantucket Race Week 2007
    Nantucket Race Week has evolved into one of the premier summer sailing events in the USA. Honorary Race Week Chairman Gary Jobson recently produced a film on the 2007 event, with a special feature on the famous Opera House Cup, featuring boats from the vintage America's Cup 12-meter class.

Bill Pinkney & Paul Mixon: Introducing The Sport of Sailing to African Americans
  Bill Pinkney, the first African American to sail solo around the world, wanted to leave a legacy for his grandkids. Together with Paul Mixon, he created the Black Boaters Summit, an annual event in the British Virgin Islands. See how these kindred spirits joined forces to create a mutual dream. One of five webisode videos presented by National Geographic and Ameriprise Financial.

Surfing is Life: The Whitbread Round The World Yacht Race...1997-98
surfing is life - movie   Become one of the crew of Chessie Racing's entry into the Whitbread race (now the Volvo Ocean Race). See what daily life is like on a W60 boat as these daring sailors live and race together 24/7 for 31,000 miles.

Mount Gay, Sailing & The Hat

  You can only get one if you race. Here is a quick look at the mystique of the coveted red Mount Gay Rum Hat.

This is DNR

  An exciting preview of the worlds managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

This is Team Racing

A short primer to the fun, exciting and uniquely American  sport of Team Racing played by youth, high school and college sailors across the country. 

The Black Pearl: Pirates of the Caribbean
  In an act of piracy, Pirates of the Caribbean stole Leg 9 of the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race. Watch a minute of pure adrenaline as Paul Cayard & the crew of The Black Pearl make a run for it.

America's Cup: Past, Present and Future
  On Sept. 6, 2007, the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame hosted a panel discussion on how the recent match between America's Cup contenters Alinghi and Emirates Team New Zealand would shape the future of Cup racing.
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