In sailing, every minute counts. Not just during a regatta, but during training, too. The time you spend with your team, on and off the water, helps create a bond and a rhythm that can make all the difference. Somehow, despite the distance between them, Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund make it work sailing the Sonar sailboat together.
Hugh lives up in Maine. Since losing his leg to bone cancer in college, he’s become an expert at balancing the demands of sailing and real life, first as an architecture student and now as a graphic designer. Over in New Jersey, Rick runs his own plastic surgery practice and tries to find time for training somewhere in between the office, the operating room and the ER. He was in his fourth year residency when his legs were paralyzed in a car crash; it was during his recovery that he rediscovered sailing. Now, sailing is more than rehabilitation, it’s his mission.
Down in Florida, Brad is something of a swashbuckler. After losing both his legs in a plane crash, he helped create and run the Never Say Never Pirate Camp. Once a year, he introduces kids and their families to adaptive sailing, sharing the freedom he’s found out on the water.
In 2012, they expected to make the Paralympic team. They didn’t. Now, with Paralympic sailing dropped from the 2020 games, they have one last chance in the Paralympic Games in Rio. Time is running out, and they know it.
Uncharted Waters follows twelve elite US Sailing Team Sperry athletes on their quest to claim a spot on the Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams that will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. The documentary is made possible by Sunbrella fabrics.