ⓘ Wind (film)

Wind (film)

ⓘ Wind (film)

A host of events that occurred in the 1987 Americas Cup held off Fremantle Australia were translated into film and presented as events occurring to the characters in the movie, including the following:

  • The broken mast of the Platypus occurred to Challenge France in the middle of the third and final challenger rounds robins. Challenge France was unable to continue in the regatta.
  • Stellan Skarsgårds character is based on Burt Rutan, who constructed a wing sail for Dennis Conner’s 1988 catamaran" Stars & Stripes”.
  • The protests and media briefings occurred multiple times throughout the regatta, and at times were quite contentious.
  • The boat collision occurred in the Defender series, when Australia IV struck Peter Gilmours Kookaburra II.
  • Will Parker striking the buoy while rounding the final mark was taken from Chris Dicksons final race against Stars & Stripes 87 in the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals. Kiwi Magic was just six seconds back of Dennis Conners boat when Dickson made his only major mistake of the summer, striking the buoy while rounding the final mark. He was obliged to re-round, ending all hope of catching Stars & Stripes 87.
  • Jack Neville spearing the "Whomper" was taken from the Defender Semifinals, when Australia IV introduced a new sail they called the gennaker, an enormous asymmetrical hybrid that pulled Australia IV even with the leading Kookaburra II. As the Bond team came up, Peter Gilmour luffed hard, spearing Australia IVs gennaker and splitting it in two.

1. Cast

  • Ned Vaughn as Charley Moore
  • Rebecca Miller as Abigail Weld
  • Jack Thompson as Jack Neville
  • Jennifer Grey as Kate Bass
  • Cliff Robertson as Morgan Weld
  • Matthew Modine as Will Parker
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Joe Heiser

2. Production

The film was inspired by the New York Yacht Clubs loss of the 1983 Americas Cup through the events of the 1987 Americas Cup. Several of the 12-metre class yachts that participated in Cup races were used in the movie.

"Wind" contains some of the best, most realistic, on deck big-boat sailing sequences ever portrayed. Americas Cup skipper Peter Gilmour, whose aggressive sailing during the 1987 defender selection series earned himself a place on the defender boat for the Americas Cup, was "Sailing Master" for the film. He was on board for all of the sailing sequences, controlled the boat while they were flying the "Whomper", and can be seen in many of the boat scenes, surreptitiously laying a hand on the opposite wheel. Lisa Blackaller, daughter of Americas Cup skipper Tom Blackaller, acted as sailing double for Jennifer Grey for the small boat races in the International 14 class at Newport.

American Eagle US 21, the red 12 Meter ocean endurance champion sailed to fame by Ted Turner in the mid-seventies, was used as the trial horse sailed by Will Parker in preparation for the Americas Cup. The boat had been a finalist in the 1964 Defender selection series but lost the selection to Constellation. The 12-meter yachts depicting the Americas Cup races were the more modern boats from the America II Syndicate, America II US 42 and America II US 46. The boat repainted as Boomerang and later as Platypus was depicted by US 42, and Radiance and then later Geronimo were depicted by US 46. US 46 had been sailed by John Kolius in the 1987 Louis Vuitton Challenger Selection Cup races.

Many of the films port scenes were filmed on location in and around Newport, Rhode Island, with the sailing scenes of the International 14s competition and the Americas Cup races filmed off Perth in Western Australia. Parts of the film were also shot in Green River, Wendover, and the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Shooting took twelve weeks, beginning on 25 February 1991.

New Zealands long time Americas Cup commentator Peter Montgomery also lent his voice to the climactic final races in the film.


3. Soundtrack

The soundtrack is available on CD from BSX Records. The score was composed by Basil Poledouris. Also included on the same CD is the Soundtrack to the 1981 television movie A Whale for the Killing, also composed by Poledouris.


4. Reception

Wind holds a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 12 reviews, and an average rating of 6/10.

Box office

Wind grossed $96.798 at the box office in Australia. The movie flopped at the US box office.

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