‘Coyote’ caps CIFF Selects

Nov 03, 2017
Following shortened sea trials, a visit to the Annapolis Boat Show and additional fundraising efforts, off-shore sailing icon Mike Plant departed from New York aboard the brand-new Coyote, bound for the Vendee Globe Challenge in France, on Oct. 16, 1992.

Camden — Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House conclude their monthly CIFF Selects series for this year Wednesday, Nov. 15, with a 7 p.m. screening of “Coyote” (2017, USA) at the downtown opera house.

Director Thomas Simmons will be on hand at the screening, which is co-presented with Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. Tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase at the Camden Opera House box office beginning 6 p.m.

The inspiring true story of legendary American sailor Mike Plant, “Coyote” spans the decade from his arrival in professional offshore sailing in the mid 1980s, following Plant's daring spirit as he challenges both mother nature — around the world alone on a sailboat — and French dominance in the sport.

Chronically underfunded and undermanned, Plant has a thirst for adventure and competitive drive that propels him to become an American hero of the sea. His wild blue eyes and boyish good looks belie his life before competitive sailing, including a solo trek of South America, an escape from Greek authorities on a drug trafficking charge and time behind bars in a Portuguese prison. Despite all that he accomplishes in sailing, Plant's heart is never satisfied. His final creation, Coyote, is a radically designed vessel that tests the edge of speed and safety and serves as symbol for Plant's course in life — running before the wind, always with an eye to the sea.

“We are very excited to partner with Maine Boats Homes & Harbors on this screening, as well as have the director of the film present for a Q&A following,” said Ben Fowlie, Point North executive director. “With the area’s rich maritime history, we jumped at the chance to bring the story of one of the most prolific solo sailors to audiences in Camden.”

Plant was one of the few American sailors in his time battling Europeans in the big ocean-racing game, said Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Publisher John K. Hanson Jr.

“He was a hero and an inspiration to many American racers today. We are thrilled to be able to partner with Points North to bring this film to Camden,” Hanson said.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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