Adventure annals are rife with mystery. Take George Mallory and Andrew Irvings 1924 Mount Everest attempt; the two vanished, their fate murky until their mummified corpses were recently found. In sailing, what happened to Donald Crowhurst (and why) during the 196869 Golden Globe Race, the first nonstop solo-circumnavigation race, is equally ambiguous. His boat, Teignmouth Electron, was found abandoned and adrift, with two logbooks on boarda master log showing Crowhursts actual route through the South Atlantic, and a fictitious log of his circumnavigation that indicated he had lied about his positions for months.
Deep Water, a film produced by John Smithson, retells this tale with archival footage of Crowhurst and Teignmouth Electron and interviews with Crowhursts widow, his contemporaries, and his sponsors. Along the way, Deep Water illustrates the unbridled challenge of early solo ocean racing, whereas was the case with early Himalayan mountaineeringbrutal reality separated the victors from the dark horses.