Taylor the Sailor

On Friday the Bubbles and Rainbows in preschool were treated to the “maiden voyage” of masterful documentary filmmaker and TPS parent Glenn Holsten and his latest project, which is about a 36-foot sailboat. “Taylor the sailor,” a Navy rescue swimmer from Texas, charted a course and sailed around North and South America for nine months. Glenn had the pleasure of meeting up with Taylor and his crew to film and direct a heartfelt story about overcoming the infamous tumult of the waters of Cape Horn. The film features the majestic seascape, which concluded at Penguin Island for Taylor.

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The children saw a map charting Taylor’s course, as well as a drawing of the sailboat complete with GoPro attachment locations to optimize the viewing pleasure of all audiences. A drone followed the boat aerially, a scuba diver with a GoPro from below, and several more GoPros in between affixed to the sides of the boat. The cameras captured breathtaking angles of life at sea and left us feeling as if we were on our very first virtual sailing expedition!

Glenn answered our questions about the ways in which the visual equipment was placed to tell a story, as well as some information about the anatomy of the boat and the important repairs it underwent before the voyage. Ask your child about the camera equipment and footage of Taylor at sea with his boat—we were WOWED!!

Glenn’s presentation inspired the children to build boats with recycled materials and test for buoyancy in our water table. We are looking forward to showing the boats at parent teacher conferences next week!