You’ll hear from fellow world class sailors and competitors, like America’s Cup champion and former ESPN sailing analyst Gary Jobson*; three-time champion Dennis Conner, the sailor they call ‘Mr. America’s Cup’; John Bertrand, the Australian skipper who shocked the world by breaking the 132-year U.S. winning streak; and Bill Koch, the billionaire yachtsman who partnered with Buddy to chase the cup in 1992.
This feature length documentary takes you beyond the headlines to explore Buddy’s extraordinary life. With interviews, archival film footage and video gathered across five decades, you’ll learn about a sailor from a working-class family in southern Wisconsin who built a resume of winning that made him one of the greatest sailors of all time.
Discover the driving force behind Buddy’s continuous quest to challenge himself by moving from class to class to test himself against the greatest sailors in the world. Competitors and historians explain how Buddy sailed not like an engineer, but as an artist. His sailing was less about science – more about artistic expression.
Whether art or science, Buddy was a fierce competitor who shared what he learned with anyone willing to take the time to ask. His legendary career seems almost mystical, and earned him the well-deserved nickname: The Wizard of Zenda.
* see excerpt from Legends of American Sailing
This film is being created by QUICKLIER FILM PARTNERS, L3C in Association with LAKE GENEVA YACHT CLUB and GENEVA LAKE SAILING SCHOOL.