RawFaith: A Family Sailing Saga Video

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A film by Gregory Roscoe
Running time: 94 minutes
A family sailing saga from construction through shakedown cruises, dismastings and family breakdowns told through the lens of a man, a mission and his boat. In 1997, the McKay family- George, JoAnn, Elizabeth, Aaron, Tom and Rob made the decision to build a three masted Galleon as a way for the family to voyage and see new places. However there was a key feature that needed to be integrated into the build- the boat needed to be handicapped accessible to accommodate Elizabeth who has Marfans Syndrome. This accommodation evolved into an obsession, which eventually took its toll on this American family.

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RawFaith: A Family Sailing Saga

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A Film by Gregory Roscoe
Running time: 94 minutes
A family sailing saga from construction through shakedown cruises, dismastings and family breakdowns told through the lens of a man, a mission and his boat. In 1997, the McKay family- George, JoAnn, Elizabeth, Aaron, Tom and Rob made the decision to build a three masted Galleon as a way for the family to voyage and see new places. However there was a key feature that needed to be integrated into the build. The boat needed to be handicapped accessible to accommodate Elizabeth who has Marfans Syndrome. This accommodation evolved into an obsession, which eventually took its toll on this American family.

Family Sailing Saga

In 1998, the family started construction down east in Addison, Maine. Working with his three sons over four years, George McKay built RawFaith. The accommodation for his daughter evolved into a mission to bring accessible sailing to others with physical handicaps. Raw Faith was 118 feet long, 26 feet wide and weighed 300 tons. The McKay’s launched RawFaith on August 3, 2003. After a series of adventures, shake down cruises and challenges, which included dismastings and family breakdowns, RawFaith was lost at sea in December 2010. RawFaith is a family sailing saga told through the lens of a man, a mission, and a boat.

Also by Gregory Roscoe… Ice Blink: A Family Negotiating Life’s Ice-Clogged Waters

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