I have always thought of the America's Cup as an event where rich people in blue blazers sit around getting drunk and eating chowder, while weird-looking sailboats are manned by beach bums trying to make their aging millionaire skippers look good. "Wind," a new movie about the America's Cup races, does not altogether dispell my notion, but it places the focus out on the water instead of ashore, and it contains some of the most exciting sailing footage I can imagine.
Parker's girlfriend Kate (Jennifer Grey) is an equally skilled sailor, but after Will and Kate smooch too much during practice sessions, she's thrown off the crew. Will grouses but goes along, and Kate leaves him in anger, only to team up with an eccentric designer who believes that boats would go faster if they were designed using airplane principles.
This is not your average sports movietype romance, especially since Will teams up with the millionaire's daughter (Rebecca Miller), and eventually all four of them - Will, Kate, the designer and the daughter - settle in the middle of the Nevada desert and decide to build their own boat from scratch.