Life on the water

Life on the Water Film Series

Presented in the Olin Stephens Room on the third floor of the Stillman Building.

Friday: June 24

  • 2:00: Hank Easom — Portrait of a Legend – 30 min
  • 3:00: Ron Macannan’s Pursuit – 30 min
  • 4:00: Cape Horn Passage in Schooner WANDER BIRD – 30 min
  • 5:00: Warwick Tompkins — A Lifetime at Sea – 60 min

Saturday: June 25

  • 12:30: Cape Horn Passage in Schooner WANDER BIRD – 30 min
  • 1:30: Warwick Tompkins — A Lifetime at Sea – 60 min
  • 4:00: East coast film premiere: Jon Wilson — The Restorer’s Journey – 60 min, Q+A with Director, Oleg Harencar & Jon Wilson after the film

Sunday: June 26

  • 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00: Jon Wilson — The Restorer’s Journey40 min

Film Synopsis

The Restorer's Journey

Jon Wilson — The Restorer’s Journey

Jon Wilson — The Restorer’s Journey is a cinematic portrait of the man who took on a monumental task to change the course of wooden boat history. Jon’s passion for preserving wooden boats has inspired generations of boat builders, boat owners, and boat dreamers. When he launched the first issue of WoodenBoat magazine in 1974, he had no idea how the affect would ripple out into the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of readers on every continent. Self taught and self made — guided by mentors who “appeared” just as he needed them — Jon Wilson will leave an indelible mark on the boating world and beyond.

Ron Macannan

Ron Macannan’s Pursuit

Sausalito legend, Ron Macannan, has the vigor and tenacity that defies his age. An unassuming man with larger than life accomplishments, Ron has done what others said could not be done. A command gunner on a B-25 bomber during WWII. An engineer who built dams and bridges. The man who saved one of downtown Sausalito’s most iconic buildings.Today at 90 years old, Ron devotes most of his energy to his 1929 82′ sloop, Pursuit, that he works on six days a week and enjoys sailing and racing with a group of friends.

Portrait of a Legend

Hank Easom — Portrait of a Legend

The highly-respected sailor and San Francisco Bay legend, Hank Easom, has been a part of the waterfront for over 70 years. The owner of Easom Boat Works in Sausalito, his passion for sailing began when he was 8 years old. Hank won his first trophy at the age 11. In 1971 Hank was awarded Yachtsman of the Year from StFYC & again in 2014, from SFYC. Now in his 80s Hank is still racing — and winning — in his 1937 8-meter sloop, Yucca.

Cape Horn Poster

Cape Horn Passage in Schooner WANDER BIRD

A reconstructed film about the epic ocean voyage of the Tompkins family that began in 1936. Warwick “Commodore” Tompkins, now in his 80’s, recalls and offers insight into the extraordinary adventure of the passage around Cape Horn aboard Wander Bird from the eyes of a 4 year old boy discovering a world that most of us will never get to experience.

Warwick Tompkins poster

Warwick Tompkins — A Lifetime at Sea

A mere 2 weeks after Warwick “Commodore” Tompkins’ birth in 1932, he was brought on board Wander Bird — an 85′ schooner — that would set the course for his life at sea. Commodore spent his first 9 years sailing aboard Wander Bird until it abruptly came to a halt in 1941 with the advent of WWII. The transition from water to land proved very difficult for the young seafarer. Eventually he returned to the sea. With his wealth of experience and knowledge of sailing, few people in the world are more qualified to talk about life on the water than Warwick “Commodore” Tompkins himself.