Over 300 People Attend Special Preview of Scenes from Morning Light at Strictly Sail Pacific
Sail America hosted a special preview of select scenes from the yet-to-be-released film Morning Light on Thursday, April 17, at Strictly Sail Pacific. The film is the real-life adventure story of one of the youngest crew to compete in the legendary Transpacific Yacht Race, an offshore sailboat race between Los Angeles (California) and Hawaii. This is the first time a West Coast audience had the opportunity to view scenes from this film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Pacific High Productions and due to be released on October 17, 2008. The film covers the selection of the crew, try-outs and training, and the actual race—when 15 young sailors, ranging in age from 18 to 23, were given the responsibility of racing a 52-sailboat on their own through 2,225 miles of open ocean.
Executive Producers Roy E. Disney and Leslie DeMeuse-Disney introduced the film and answered questions, along with two of the young Morning Light crew, Piet van Os and Graham Brant-Zawadski, and Tom Pollock, former CEO of the TP 52 class association. West Marine Vice President Chuck Hawley moderated the panel discussion.
"We were thrilled to be able to host this special preview at Strictly Sail Pacific," said Jonathan Banks, executive director of Sail America. "Not only is Morning Light a great adventure story—but it will also provide great exposure for Sailing and ignite an interest in sailing among young people."