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The vessel is Infinity, a 120ft hand-built sailing ketch that plies the Pacific Ocean on a never ending voyage of nomadic exploration. 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 1970's, 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.
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The next voyage - Sea Gypsies: The NorthMost Passage
Following the two warmest Arctic summers on record, the sailing vessel Infinity will tackle the formidable Northwest Passage, attempt to reach the Northernmost inhabited settlement on the planet, aptly named Alert. More than just breaking a record, reaching this normally icebound settlement at the tip of Ellesmere Island, will be a stark warning to the world. The route, over 4,000 miles, speckled with 36,000 islands is a truly vast labyrinth of ice; just 10% of which has been charted. To reach Alert at 82° latitude, Infinity will traverse through Nares Strait, a narrow channel of fierce currents and rapidly moving mountains of ice at the height of summer. Along the way, the ship and crew will battle severe storms, avoid marauding icebergs and hungry polar bears, and explore a part of the world that is rarely seen. This is the most dangerous maritime route in the world; more people have been to the top of Mt Everest than have successfully taken a sailing vessel through the Northwest Passage, and no one has ever sailed this far north.
Runtimes : 46 minutes, 77 minutes and there is a 12 hour cut if you really want to escape...
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Shooting Format : RAW HD
Country : U.S.A.
Language : English, with a bit of French and Swedish (subtitled)
Filming Locations: Antarctica, Chile, Federated States of Micronesia, Large Swathes of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
A very special thanks to the musicians who contributed so much great music
Spuntic (Movement) www.spuntic.bandcamp.com
Jahzzar (The Last Ones) www.betterwithmusic.com
Monster Rally (Was There) www.monsterrally.bandcamp.com
Eduardo Rivera (Sun Bias) (Yellow Lennon) (First Steps) (The Ditch) (Mr Flow) www.eduardojrivera.com
Dirt Wire (Amphibian Circuits) (Starlight) (Ibex ft. Kongar-ol Ondar) (Sailing the Solar Flares) www.dirtwire.net
Holy Coast (The Trench) (San Blas) www.freemusicarchive.org/music/Holy_Coast/
Jason Shaw (Sailors Lament) (Jenny's Theme) www.audionautix.com
Black Eagle Child (Beach Life) (Saturday) (The Magic Book) (Walking in River Park) www.blackeaglechild.com
Still Corners (The Trip) www.stillcorners.com
Catching Flies (Sunrays) www.catchingflies.bandcamp.com
Michael Paskalev (I Spy) (longer version of film) www.momandpopmusic.com/artist/mikhael-paskalev/
Chris Zabriskie (Readers do you Read) (Divider) www.chriszabriskie.com
Adcbicycle (All of the Time) www.adcbicycle.bandcamp.com
Judah & The Lion (Sweet Tennessee Instrumental) www.judahandthelion.com
John Jacques Militea (Banjo Breakdown Milteau)
It is Rain in My Face (and the names) www.itrains.bandcamp.com
Small Colin (Mutations) www.smallcolin.bandcamp.com/music
The Glitch Mob (Animus Vox) www.theglitchmob.com
Quite Music for Tiny Robots (Closing Ceremony) www.freemusicarchive.org/music/Quiet_Music_for_Tiny_Robots
Den Svenska Bjornstammen (Svalker Vinden) www.densvenskabjornstammen.se
Erin Dutton (The Pirate Song)