Stories of maniac sailors, anarchist castaways, and the voyage of the S/V Pestilence
One winter, four friends decided to meet in South Florida, find a raggedy old fiberglass sailboat, fix it up, and sail off on a voyage to the Caribbean. Hold Fast is a film about this amazing trip. It tells the story of how these broke young friends repaired a completely wrecked boat with no money. It’s also the story of the lessons learned from their slow voyage towards to coast of Haiti.
These young people saw the opportunity for an adventure and dared to make it happen. Each challenge was faced as it arose with amazing self-reliance and resourcefulness. They discovered that living on a boat makes you aware of things that you might not notice otherwise and that it’s best to catch your own food. But one of the greatest lessons learned was that it’s perfectly fine to run aground and that often the most important lessons are in fact learned from your mistakes. In the words of an experienced navigator, “there are three kinds of sailors: those who have run aground, those who will run aground, and liars.”
You don’t need to be a sailor to enjoy this film. Hold Fast demystifies sailing and shows that just about anybody can embark on an adventure of a lifetime as long as you have the ambition and the right attitude. These friends start with NOTHING and create SOMETHING: an adventure.