Offering an inside view of the journey to the Olympic Games, upcoming documentary “Uncharted Waters” follows the personal stories of 11 US Sailing Team Sperry athletes working toward a spot on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams that will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Made possible by Glen Raven, N.C.-based Sunbrella® Fabrics, a major supplier of performance fabric to the marine industry, the full-length documentary will launch in spring 2016.
It includes the story of adaptive sailing team members Sarah Everhart-Skeels of Tiverton, R.I., and Cindy Walker of Plymouth, Mass., for whom sailing offered freedom from lower body paralysis resulting from a cycling accident (Sarah) and a rare inflammatory disease (Cindy). They are the only all-woman adaptive sailing team in their class, and making the US Paralympic Sailing Team in 2016 is likely their last chance to compete in the Paralympics since sailing has been removed from the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Several more stories can be found on Sunbrella’s website. Viewers can watch athlete profile videos and use an interactive map of competitions, training and travel leading up to the races, where athletes are selected to represent the United States at the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. The site also includes insider details about Olympic- and Paralympic-class sailing, adaptive sailing insights and athlete video diaries that tell the story through their eyes.