Deep Water is the amazing true story of the first Golden Globe non-stop round-the-world yacht race initiated by the Sunday Times newspaper in Britain in 1968. It portrays individual endeavour at its most isolated and extreme, set against a canvas of terrifying seas.
Described as one of the last century's most extraordinary stories on the high seas, it follows nine men competing to the first to sail alone and non-stop around the world. The first Golden Globe race was dubbed 'The Everest of The Seas' by Sir Francis Chichester and it sparked worldwide media attention. The competitors included the inspired amateur Chay Blyth who set off without knowing how to sail; Frenchman Bernard Moitessier who was in the lead but rather than collecting the prize, opted to continue on around the world again in order to save his soul; and Robin Knox-Johnston, a merchant seaman who professed to have entered simply because he did not want a Frenchman to win.
As the single-handers wrestled their boats through the mountainous waves of the Southern Ocean, as Bill King capsized and Nigel Tetley's trimaran shattered beneath him, Donald Crowhurst, an electronics engineer from Devon, became a national hero when it appeared that his revolutionary boat was going to carry him home at record-breaking speed. Two weeks later, his abandoned craft was found floating in the middle of the Atlantic, and it was discovered he was keeping a fraudulent track of his global voyage for more than eight months, before slipping into a state of schizophrenic paranoia.