See How the Main Sail Sets Debuts January 18th

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From highly-acclaimed Bahamian Producer-Director Charlie Smith, a.k.a. Charlie Bahama and Executive Producers Fred Munnings and Nadir Hasan comes See How the Main Sail Sets, a documentary on the history of the National Family Island Regatta and chronicling the legacy of sailing and boatbuilding in The Bahamas. 

See How the Main Sail Sets is an upcoming feature, shot across many Family Islands and is a full-length documentary under the patronage of The Bahamas Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources, and Family Island Affairs the Honourable Clay G. Sweeting. See How the Main Sail Sets will make its world premiere at the Fusion Superplex in Nassau, Bahamas on January 18th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. It’s a revealing and timely documentary exploring the global uniqueness of Bahamian Sloop Sailing and highlighting Iconic Sailors and legendary Boatbuilders during The Bahamas’ 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.

Before the premiere showing, Director Charlie Smith, National Family Island Regatta Chairman & Commodore Danny Strachan; producers Mr. Munnings and Mr. Hasan, Writer; Christopher Curry, PhD, Narrator, former High Commissioner to Canada Philip Smith and Music Co-Supervisor Ronald Simms will join the documentary’s production team led by Burton Wallace of the MOVI Group and the National Family Island Regatta executive committee members in welcoming leading government officials, foreign dignitaries, sponsors and donors, corporate executives and the documentary’s many contributors, interviewees and special guests at an early private reception.

Commodore Strachan said, “See How the Main Sail Sets is amplifying the national and global conversation around sailing and boatbuilding in The Bahamas and is the precursor to the government’s eventual declaration of Sailing as the Official Sport of The Bahamas.”

He also spoke of how sailing and boatbuilding are highlighted in the documentary “as significant contributors to the cultural, civic, economic, lifestyle and recreational aspects of regatta events across the archipelagic nation.”

He added that the goal of the documentary is to present an accurate and factual account on the origins of Sailing and Boatbuilding in The Bahamas and aid in launching a new era of tourism development and promotion by spreading the word that The Bahamas is more than an attractive destination but an welcoming and attractive archipelago of 700 islands of warm, hospitable and fun-loving people.

The documentary also focuses attention on the ingenious ways by which females and youth are associated and contributing to the sport while underscoring how developing skills, drive, intellect and vision are disrupting the male-dominated industry.

The feature film was written by renowned writer, archivist and historian Dr. Christopher Curry with script contributions by Charlie Bahama and Philip P. Smith.

Mr. Smith also provides convincing narration as the documentary’s solo narrator coupled with expert voice clips from many of the Bahamas foremost experts in Bahamian Sloop sailing and boatbuilding.

Mr. Munnings said, “It is an honor at this historical juncture to debut the documentary as the Nation approaches its 50th Independence Anniversary Celebration and the 69th National Family Island Regatta. The Regatta Executive Committee, Commodore Strachan and the Documentary team are humbled by this opportunity and we look forward to sharing the film with domestic and global audiences.”

See how the Main Sail Sets is in negotiation with circulation and syndication rights organizations for both domestic and International circulation rights. A trailer of the film is available for preview after the January 18th Premiere and will be available in domestic and international markets after April 18, 2023.  

Sponsors supporting the film include: Presenting sponsor – Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government; Corporate sponsors – Ministry of Tourism, Aviation and Investment; Supporting Sponsors – Allen Exploration Campbell Shipping, Commonwealth Bank, Sarah and Henry St. George and Peace and Plenty Resort; Affiliate Sponsors – Caribbean Bottling Company, Exuma Foundation of Canada and Breezes Super Clubs. Role Sponsors – Bahamas Local and Dayne D’Aguilar.

The official release date of See How the Main Sail Sets is after April 18, 2023 and will be released with the theatrical cut as well as the director’s cut.  The release copies are available in locations upon completion of syndication and distribution rights agreement(s).