“Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World” Is A Triumphant Tale And A Joy To Watch
What happens when a band of “wandering miscreants” takes to the high seas? In this truly remarkable documentary, you get to see a real-life story of sea wanderings of mythic proportions. A crew of just over a dozen took to the ocean, ready to travel thousands of miles on a rugged, but very much handmade, vessel. “Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World” is the stuff legends are made of.
“The vessel is Infinity, a 120ft hand-built sailing ketch that plies the Pacific Ocean on a never-ending voyage of nomadic exploration,” the description explains. “In early Feb 2014, during the iciest year on record in the Southern Ocean, Infinity and her crew of 16 left New Zealand on an 8,000 mile pacific crossing to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica. Along the way, they battled a hurricane of ice in the Ross Sea, struggled with compounding mechanical and flooding problems, undertook a mission with the radical environmental group Sea Shepherd, tore every sail they had, and unwittingly went further south than any sailing vessel in 2014. This expedition was undertaken with a non-ice-reinforced gypsy boat built by hand in the 1970s, crewed by a band of wandering miscreants, with no permits or insurance and an almost non-existent budget. This is a story about sailing, the camaraderie of a shared struggle and the raw awe-inspiring power of the natural world.”
It’s a remarkable journey — and one that feels pulled straight out of folklore or another age — so seeing it play out is not just thrilling, but triumphant.
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For many, living a life of adventure is something we only dream of — but these adventurers are just getting started. Their story has made a huge splash on the documentary circuit and you can see the whole film on iTunes and Amazon Prime. And they show no signs of slowing down. Their website promises more stories to come — you can subscribe to their channel to see what’s they’re up to now and get a preview of their plans.
At a time where so many of us live lives that become increasingly more insular, more technologically focused, and, frankly, more indoors, it’s refreshing and inspiring to see the irreverence with which this crew embraces the seemingly impossible. The sheer scale of the sea and its ability to overpower such a small vessel would be enough to scare so many of us off, but they embrace the challenge in the purest of ways, leaning on each other throughout. We have a lot to learn.