On the island of Carriacou in the West Indies, the last wooden sailboat builder dreams of saving a great tradition passed down the generations from Scottish settlers that sailed there centuries ago. The film follows Alwyn's journey over three years, from hauling trees with his sons, to a final traditional launching ceremony. Stories of the old Caribbean - trading by sail and smuggling contraband interweave a tribute to the independent spirit of a small island community.

Vanishing Sail has been screened all over the world at film festivals and special event screenings and is now coming Plymouth Arts Center.


An amazing film, you'll laugh and cry and be transported on the boat building journey. It's a must see for everyone...

Neil Chapman - Boatshed.com

A haunting, captivating story that will pull heart-strings and etch in the mind of every viewer.

Classic Boat

A fascinating story of personal perseverance, ribald tales of smuggling at sea and the completion of the beautiful wooden sloop in a race against time to enter the thrilling Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.

Wooden Boat

VENUE: Cinema, Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe Sreet, Plymouth, PL4 0EB