Morning Light

Synopsis: Fifteen young sailors... six months of intense training... one chance at the brass ring. This documentary tells the story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the cusp of adulthood, as they embark on life's first great adventure. Racing a high-performance 52-foot sloop in the TRANSPAC, the most revered of open-ocean sailing competitions, the crew of "Morning Light" matches wits and skills in a dramatic 2300 mile showdown against top professionals. From their earliest training sessions in Hawaii conducted by world-class teachers through their test of endurance on the high seas, they form an unbreakable bond in the process of becoming a singular team that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Director(s): Mark Monroe
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.0
Metacritic:
51
Rotten Tomatoes:
33%
PG
Year:
2008
97 min
£129,295
Website
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[man] The Pacific Ocean

between California and Hawaii

is the loneliest stretch

of water in the world.

A century ago, this was a

rarely-traveled route to paradise.

Now it's a race course for the

Indianapolis 500 of the open ocean.

An athletic test of speed and

endurance known as the Transpac.

Roy Disney knows

these waters well,

with two wins and two

record-breaking passages

over the course

of 16 Transpacs.

Now he's giving the next

generation an opportunity

by offering a bunch of rookies

the chance of a lifetime.

Thirty hopefuls were chosen to try

out for a new Transpac campaign

to be called the Morning Light.

A team of judges pushed them

hard for a week,

and by the end the 15 best

and brightest had emerged.

[man] We think you ought

to come to Hawaii.

- No way!

- Whoo!

The 15 sailors will

train for six months

in the big winds

and big seas off Hawaii

before choosing a crew of 11 to race

from California to Diamond Head.

They will face more than 70 competitors,

and they'll try to match the legendary

crew of Argonaut from 1969,

another bunch of teenagers

who borrowed their dad's boat

and won it all.

This is the story of Morning Light.

[man] This is gonna be my first story.

This is gonna be an epic story.

This is gonna probably

be my favorite story.

How it all began for Jesse Fielding

on the ocean, hopefully...

... uh, or it could just be a big flop.

Some of us are ready

for the full boot camp.

Others feel as though they may

be above the whole thing.

Everyone has to grow together

before this race begins.

The Morning Light,

although a true experience

for 15 young adults in Hawaii,

is also a very serious trial

to see if we can measure up.

We all wanted a chance to prove

ourselves, to race against the best.

Once the race starts in California, all

that matters is the Diamond Head buoy.

- [man] Hey, Roy.

- [man 2] Hey, come on in.

- Welcome to Hawaii.

- [man] Thank you.

First of all, there's 15 of you

here in the room,

and you know that only 11 of you

can go in the boat.

It's up to you to decide

who stays and who goes.

I just don't want you thinkin'

this is some kind of a game.

Right out the window there

is the Diamond Head buoy.

That's the finish line

of a 2,500-mile open-ocean race.

It's dangerous out there.

One mistake could really

put your lives at risk.

I always tell my crew, if you fall

overboard, consider it a death sentence.

But we're gonna train you

to have a shot at winning,

and we're gonna train you

to be safe out there.

I just hope you'll understand

it's really about the journey.

I think it's gonna change

every one of your lives.

There you go, guys.

There's your weapon.

[man] Sweet.

[man 2] Oh, wow. That is unreal!

- This is absurd!

- That's pretty sick.

[man 3] That was a significant

event for the kids.

Kind of like when

you give a kid the car keys.

We gave them the keys to this, you know,

stripped-out racing machine.

- [woman] Oh, sweet!

- Unreal.

[man] Morning Light is a TP52.

It's a 52-foot boat

that's very fast for its size.

It was originally designed to be

perfectly suited for the Transpac.

[man] It's gonna get really cozy.

[woman] I've never done an ocean race

before, so I don't know that feeling

of being absolutely alone

in the middle of the ocean.

My parents are both doctors.

I always figured I would be a doctor,

but I get queasy

at the sight of blood, so...

[Tulloch] I just really have a fire

in my heart to go and sail,

and my parents support

my sailing a hundred percent.

I've spent my whole life

sailing in dinghies.

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