Join us on Tuesday, April 12, for a free film screening of:
Sense the Wind followed by a Q&A with the
producer Christine Knowlton
Tuesday, April 12
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Burke Rehabilitation Center
Billings Building, Rosedale Conference Room
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
RSVP to Alexandra Oudeusden at (914) 597-2248
Sense The Wind is a documentary journey into the sport of blind sailing, following Matt, Nancy, Phil and Inky as they train and compete for the Nationals and Blind Sailing World Championships. Nancy and Phil must rely on their skills to trim the sails and be sure-footed crossing the deck. As skippers, Inky and Matt navigate with an acutely developed sensitivity to the wind, listening and reacting quickly to descriptive cues from sighted guides. They sail blind, with an image of the racecourse in their mind’s eyes, ever alert to a suddenly swinging boom or boat collisions on open water.
Diverse in cultural backgrounds and with varying levels of ability and experience, their camaraderie develops as teams and as competitors in blind and disabled events. Friendships are forged, but tensions can arise and tempers do flare. Competition is fierce in fleet racing. Even amongst the blind sailors there is concern about team advantages with some less impaired skippers and with elite tacticians.
With perseverance and Olympic level coaching in practices and regattas, they strive to round the marks without fear and to move forward confidently in life. On the water, teamwork and intuition take over. Disabilities are no longer the focus. But on the ground, between race seasons, life takes an unexpected turn when one of them gains something more than a trophy and must learn to live and to sail with a new sensibility.