Sophisticated Yet Humble
I apologize for the "no clue" remark, that was thoughtless. Seems likely to be the result of film editing rather than really representative of what was actually happening... after all, a producer splicing in the same wave hitting the boat X times (not sure how many, it seemed like a dozen or more) probably thought that sails flapping wildly looked "exciting" too and after all the audience is mostly dunces worse than themselves, right? You can see why I don't watch much TV.They had a bit of sailing experience.... ...
The worst part is, they don't have a clue how to sail. The director shows the same wave hitting the boat broadside over & over to illustrate how rough it was; yet they never mention heaving-to or using a sea anchor. Most of the sailing shots show the boat zig-zagging and sails flapping or overtrimmed, two sequences show them looking up at the sails in annoyance as the boat makes repeated uncontrolled gybes. WTF? Let Larson show you guys how to fricken sail before starting the camera rolling! Also, I don't think they ever rowed while Shackleton & Worsely had to several times.
Enough griping, it's an interesting lesson in modern times and a good look at the scenes where one of the greatest adventures in the history of mankind played out.
Maybe a volvo guy on board. Although not everyone had a clew
Anyway, I am curious about how the boat sailed and about the navigation. The show repeatedly said that the modified lifeboat could not sail upwind... it doesn't seem likely that it would make good VMG by modern standards, but heck the Santa Maria could sail upwind (a little).
From what I remember of Worsely (the captain of ENDURANCE and the navigator)'s book, he pre-figured much of what he'd need to find South Georgia. I have done celestial in small boats, sun sights are very difficult to capture and I never did get good star sights. In the film, it did show some pretty good scenes of taking taking sextant shots and calling time.
Larso, thanks in advance for any answers or comments.