15 Sailing Movies to Watch If You Have To Stay At Home

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This is not an easy moment for many of us, due to Coronavirus. If the thought of being quarantined for days – or weeks – on end sends you into a spiral of restlessness, rest assured: you’re not alone. And remember that staying home is the right thing to do.

What does one do when you’re not allowed to leave your house? We suggest you 15 sailing movies to see. Which one is your favourite?

1. 180° SOUTH (2010)


The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.

2. All is lost (2013)


Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm…

3. Captain Ron (1992)


A family in Chicago inherits the yacht formerly owned by Clark Gable. They decide to sail it from the island of Ste. Pomme de Terre to Miami, and they sail with the assistance of Captain Ron and their lives will never be the same again.

4. Chasing Bubbles (2016)


“Chasing Bubbles” is a documentary about the journey and spirit of Alex Rust, a farm boy turned day trader from Indiana who, at 25, abandoned his life in Chicago, bought a modest sailboat (called Bubbles) and set out to sail around the world.

5. Dead calm (1989)

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae spend some time isolated at sea when they come along a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

6. Deep Water (2006)


An incredible documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race. A must see for all sailors.

7. Maidentrip (2013)


14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.

8. Master and commander (2003)


During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

9. Morning light (2008)

Fifteen young sailors… six months of intense training… one chance at the brass ring. This documentary tells the story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the cusp of adulthood, as they embark on life’s first great adventure.

10. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)


Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film directed by Gore Verbinski and the first film in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

11. The Mercy (2018)


The Mercy is a British biographical drama film, directed by James Marsh and written by Scott Z. Burns. It is based on the true story of the disastrous attempt by the amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst to complete the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968 and his subsequent attempts to cover up his failure.

12. The Odyssey (2016)


The Odyssey is a movie which chronicles the life of the great Jacques Cousteau. Jacques Cousteau is perhaps one of the most famous French persons in the world due to his pioneering work on scuba diving, underwater exploration and film-making which introduced a whole generation to the wonders of reef and marine life in the ocean.

13. Turning Tide – En solitaire (2013)


It tells the story of Yann Kermadec whose dreams suddenly come true when he has to replace the DCNS star skipper at the last minute before the start of the Vendée Globe (a round-the-world non-stop single-handed yacht race). After several days of racing, Yann, who is in the lead, has to stop to repair a damaged rudder. This will disrupt his round-the-world journey…

14. White squall (1996)

Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.

15. WIND (1992)


Will Parker, played by Matthew Modine, loses the Americas Cup, the worlds biggest sailing prize, to the Australians and decides to form his own syndicate to win it back.


  1. Dont forget “The Riddle of the Sands” Sailing espionage thriller, 1979.
    While on a sailing holiday off the coast of Germany, a young English yachtsman has a run-in with a local German captain. His suspicions aroused, he calls in his old friend from the Foreign Office and the two set sail again, only to find that the…
    Initial release: 1979
    Director: Tony Maylam
    Music composed by: Howard Blake
    Story by: Erskine Childers

    1. Hallo Peter, can you show me where I can buy this movie? Looking for it for several years now!
      Greetings from Germany,


  2. Maiden. Story of first all-female crew to sail the Whitbread around the world race. Truly awesome feat and great sailing movie.

  3. Here’s a great movie…..”Following Seas” on Amazon Prime, an amazing documentary with actual footage of the people involved in an epic journey not without adventure, amazing experiences few will ever know and tragedy…..
    How about 2 books written by James Baldwin….”Across Islands and Oceans” and “Bound for distant Seas”
    And here’s an epic sailing survival story…..” Survive the Savage Sea” by Dougal Robertson
    And a different kind of sailing Written by a Sausalito resident ” From Here to Paris “

  4. For people that have limiters sailing experience Robert Redford’s ‘All is Lost’ (I call it ‘All Credibility is Lst’ is the most inaccurate depiction of ‘blue water’ sailing I have ever seen. The opening event being the most unlikely of scenarios. The likelihood of a nearly submerged 40 foot container not just ramming (how else could a container hole a 39 foot sailboat aft of amidships) but staying stuck in boat in the open ocean where even moderate swells (which are ALWAYS present) would act upon both the container and the sail boat with independent motion and quickly dislodge the container. Next scene our intrepid sailor dislodges the container with a sea anchor. This virtually impossible as there is no difference in the speed of either the container or the boat hence no differential water speed to create a pull on the drogue. Anybody who has gone aloft at sea knows the scene where our hero goes aloft to fix the radio antenna is totally bogus. He goes straight up, tensely with no motion what-so-ever of the mast. It remains rigidly vertical throughout the ordeal. Here again is an impossibility in the open sea. He would be swinging around and necessarily clinging to the mast as he was thrown from side to side as the boat rolled in the seaway. On and on this farce goes from one unreal scenario to another.

    1. there are 17 major laughable errors in this movie. it is a challenge to name them all. my favorite is putting his only remaining whiskey bottle, lid off on the salon table in the midst of a roaring rolling storm. unlikely

  5. surely the 1937 “Captains Courageous”, featuring remarkable footage of the Grand Banks schooners

  6. I totally concur with Tom Carr’s opinion of “All Is Lost” starring Robert Redford. For anyone who has done any sailing’, this movie is a farce without any reality in the real sailing world. The movie does not deserve to be in this group of sailing movies. It is like “Captain Ron” without any humor.

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