Morning Light Synopsis

Release Date: October 17, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG

Conceived and produced by: Roy E. Disney, Leslie DeMeuse
Writer/Director: Mark Monroe
Based on an original idea by: Thomas J. Pollack
Producer: Morgan Sackett
Co-produced and edited by: Paul Crowder
Team: Chris Branning, Graham Brant-Zawadzki, Chris Clark, Charlie Enright, Jesse Fielding, Robbie Kane, Steve Manson, Chris Schubert, Kate Theisen, Mark Towill, Genny Tulloch, Piet van Os, Chris Welch, Kit Will, Jeremy Wilmot

Fifteen young sailors… six months of intense training… one chance at the brass ring. This exciting true-life documentary tells the inspiring 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. Racing a high-performance 52-foot sloop in the TRANSPAC, the most revered of open-ocean sailing competitions, the crew of “Morning Light” matches wits and skills in a dramatic 2,300-mile showdown against top professionals.

From their earliest training sessions in Hawaii conducted by world-class teachers through their test of endurance on the high seas, they form an unbreakable bond in the process of becoming a singular team that is greater than the sum of its parts. Directed and edited by two of the key filmmakers responsible for the acclaimed 2004 surfing documentary, “Riding Giants,” and the recent rock documentary “Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who,” MORNING LIGHT will appeal to the sense of adventure in everyone.


The team includes several college students, a Harvard graduate, a trainee at the U.S. Naval Academy, and a member of the Merchant Marine Academy—all under the age of 23 at the time of the race.

Roy E. Disney sailed the Transpac 16 times. His best finish was first place in 1999. His worst? 27th place in 1977 following a harrowing 17-day trek.

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