Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
Bobby Houston directed this 87-minute documentary about HIV-positive men competing in the 2200-mile TransPacific Yacht Race. After sailor-athlete Robert Hudson, diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1991, was joined by racing veteran John Plander, the duo moved on to fundraising (a necessary $100,000), acquiring a boat (named Survivor), and holding tryouts for a crew of ten; half of those chosen have AIDS. Encountering El Niño, a squall at night, and a narrow miss with Hurricane Dolores, the Survivor places 19th among the 32 boats finishing the race (from 39 entrants). Made with a video transfer to 35mm, this film was shown at the 1998 San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
AIDS, HIV, race [competition], sailing, survivor, yacht