This is the rags-to-riches story of Charlie Barr's rise to fame; becoming the greatest skipper of all time.
This biographical documentary covers; his move from Scotland to The United States where his prowess gained him employment with the likes of John Pierpont Morgan, William Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt III; his America's Cup hat-trick, racing Herreshoff designed yachts; culminating in the tremendous 1905 Kaiser's Cup transatlantic race, setting the world record for the fastest crossing of The Atlantic Ocean.
The record stood for a century until in 2005 when Robert Miller set a new record with his yacht Mari Cha IV.
The same transatlantic races are being held today; the Transatlantic Race 2011 is being held under the auspices of the same authorities, the Royal Yacht Squadron and the New York Yacht Club, along with the Storm Trysail Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
The record breaking schooner, Atlantic, has been faithfully rebuilt by Dutch master-mind, Ed Kastelein, and was launched in 2010.
I made this video on a budget of Â£0.00, using the free software on my laptop, thus achieving a lo-fi style of production!
I must acknowledge Scott Cookman (R.I.P.), without his fastidious research this project would have been a lot more difficult to produce.
My thanks go to everybody who made photos and footage available.
This video was made for my family and all those I know who have a special interest in the story.
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