Film Review in RYA Magazine

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Posted by Martin Honor on August 10, 2016 at 05:12:33 user MartinH.

When my autumn copy of the RYA membersí magazine arrived this morning I was interested to see it contains a three page article about the new S&A film, including excerpts from an interview with Nick Barton. A couple of points in particular attracted my notice;
a) No children who could already sail were considered suitable as actors,
b) Old RNSA (Royal Navy Sailing Association) dinghies were used as Swallow and Amazon.

For the former in my experience most youngsters can perform a role when required. It just requires a little patience to instruct them, just like teaching them to sail. I am sure that a few weekends spent at sailing clubs with strong cadet memberships would have revealed a host of potential Johns and Nancys.

Re-rigged from gunter to lug sailed the RNSAs look near perfect for the roles. However, and this is nit-picking, in Swallow the centreboard case can be seen. I just once sailed one of these back in the 1970s and they seemed very slow and old-fashioned even when compared to the RNís Bosun class of dinghies. But a general purpose boat designed in the 1940s for instructing sailors to sail has to be robust!

The author (the piece is un-credited) is upbeat about the film and hopes it will inspire a new generation to take to the water.

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