“This is the story of what happens when you leave the safety of the shore for the chance–the hope–that one day, you’ll look back and say it was all worth it.”
“Uncharted Waters” is a documentary released this month on 11 athletes from U.S. Sailing Team Sperry. Paige Railey, Laser Radial One-Person Dinghy; Paris Henken and Helena Scutt, 49er FX; Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha, Women’s 470 Two-Person Dinghy; and Sarah Everhart-Skeels and Cindy Walker, SKUD-18 Paralympic Class all have segments following their final year leading to the Summer Games.
The film addresses how the women athletes of U.S. Sailing must overcome stereotypes in a sport typically dominated by men, as well as the personal journeys the athletes go on and how much they must sacrifice to reach the highest level in the sport.
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“I believe, deep down, that I’m a strong person,” Paige Railey says in her segment, titled ‘Unbreakable.’ “You know, being a female in male’s world, in a male’s sport, you have to be strong. You have to keep your head high, your shoulders back.”
Everhart-Skeels and Walker comprise the only all-women adaptive sailing team in their class. Their story to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games is especially meaningful, as sailing has been removed from the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Watch the trailer for “Uncharted Waters” below.
The full documentary is available to stream online here.