Hold Fast (2007) 

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Moxie Marlinspike

Hold Fast: Stories of maniac sailors, anarchist castaways, and the voyage of the S/V Pestilence... Over the course of two winters, four members of the Anarchist Yacht Clubb rescued a derelict boat from the inhospitable waters of Ft. Lauderdale, named it the S/V Pestilence, and sailed south to Haiti. Hold Fast describes what drew these friends to the ocean, and tells the story of what they discovered in the sea. It paints a picture of the S/V Pestilence in the context of all the sailing maniacs who have come before them, and ultimately attempts to suggest that the secret is always to begin.


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on September 06, 2016 at 7:08am

I'm 63 and just learning to sail. Wish I had done it the way these kids did it. Great movie about getting out there and taking it as it comes.


on March 25, 2014 at 2:31pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rgTJipjQNM Yes, I held the entire fleet at ransom! Move over MF's! The Kat is in Town!


on March 25, 2014 at 2:30pm

MacLeod, Hold Fast! Ja, I sanction! ...simply as I Will Never Sacrifice My Right of Freedom of Travel! Been there, done that and... alas, still in this Life, NOT alas for Our Peoples! We are the Warriors, by land, air and seas! ...Yes, I actually DO understand the simple comment of yacht Masters ... been there and done that and I can actually swear of proof Internationally, that no "Bast*rdisation* gives someone an Honour without actually deserving it! We are the Beserkers! Tochter von Olaf The Black! "superkat" RNZCG, Australia Borne, 1964. ...right under the poms noses :)


on January 12, 2014 at 10:33pm

Awesome film. Watch it! Just wish there was more


on May 11, 2012 at 12:40am

Very cool... helped me reacquaint myself with nature actually.

Thanks for sharing with us, Moxie!


on December 04, 2011 at 6:57am

great film. inspirational. takes sailing & adventure films/novels/genre onto the next level. could be subtitled "anarchist guide to sailing", or even, 'rough guide to sailing' or simply 'anarchists ahoy'. slocomb would be proud, and unlike tristan jones' accounts, this is factual.


on July 11, 2011 at 1:30am

very entertaining. worth it


on March 29, 2011 at 4:22pm

Short take: makes me want to find a cheap boat. Well worth the time to download and watch. Just do it.

Longer take: many times it's more a narrated slideshow than a film, but obviously there was only a tiny (if any) budget, and with a limited crew it's certainly more important to focus on sailing rather than filming. So that lack of good footage is excusable, and it doesn't detract from the interesting story. I suspect the personal back-stories of these individuals would be pretty interesting too, so it's disappointing that there's so much focus on the what and how, instead of the who. The narrator's attraction to sailing and his personal experience comes through, but nobody else seems to have a voice. Maybe they were just shy?

Don't let my criticism stop you from viewing. The story itself overcomes any weakness in the telling. In fact, a slicker production and more organized structure wouldn't fit with the minimalist lifestyle depicted and implied - so going too far in that direction would make it seem fake. Overall, I really enjoyed this film and highly recommend it. Hopefully it becomes part of a series of stories.


on December 04, 2011 at 6:48am

!!!! huh... did i see the same film as u... ??? !!!

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