Award-winning film narration

I’ve been working with Tom Nitsch for many years now. He’s a German film maker who produces award-winning films about classic boats and superyachts. We collaborate on the words and I narrate them. Check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

All these videos are available through his website. Just click ‘more’ and you’ll be there.

 

La Nioulargue
To Tom Nitsch coming from the Baltic in the early 1980s, the Mediterranean scene was like an electric shock. The golden age of yachting had returned with a vengeance – enormous vessels, marvellous craftsmanship and large crews. A world which everyone thought was dead forever. By the time Tom showed up with his camera and I arrived to crew aboard one of the boats, La Nioulargue regatta was already the annual high-spot of this renaissance, featuring spectacular craft from the drawing boards of Fife, Nicolson, Alden, Stephens, Herreshoff and many others. These were great days, when the new excitement of it all filled every fibre of deckhands and spectators alike. All present agreed that what was happening was unique and very precious. It was a celebration of cultural values, demonstrating the positive potential of humanity in one of the few areas where art and utility can combine forces. In short, it was magic! The film nobly recaptures all this, introducing the viewer to the yachts, their aesthetics, the competition, the crews, and to the ‘après-sail’ activities of St. Tropez. You are there, sitting in a waterfront cafe-chair, a part of these scenes from another era … This film won Silver at Houston World Fest awards in 1993. Filmed by Tom Nitsch. Narrated by Tom Cunliffe more…

The Creation of Alithia
When a family decided to embark on a circumnavigation aboard a new high performance cruiser, the venture offered a remarkable opportunity to study modern developments in yacht building in a unique historical setting. This superyacht project brought the camera to venues all around the world to meet the team formed by Jens Cornelsen – Abeking and Rasmussen in Hamburg the builders, naval architect Bill Tripp in Connecticut, interior designer Andrew Winch in London, sail making from North in the US and Denmark. The carbon mast is by Marten Spars in New Zealand, where we finally see ALITHIA racing during the Millennium Cup. The Creation of Alithia won the Platinum Award at the WorldFest in Houston 2004. Filmed by Tom Nitsch. Narrated by Tom Cunliffe   more…

Robbe and Berking Classics
The Baltic annual Classic Yacht Festival calendar has become a tight one since the late 1990s. Flensburg Fjord offers the ideal location for one of the highlights of the German events, The ‘Robbe & Berking Classics’. Numerous exotic guests show up from the Med, England and the USA, which makes for a lot of international communication but never detracts from the essentially family atmosphere of what remains at its heart a friendly meeting. The film makes a point of showing the ‘fun’ aspects of the event, which is a sort of cross between La Nioulargue and an ‘Old Gaffers’ festival. This is a fascinating movie made in Tom Nitsch’s own back yard.Filmed by Tom Nitsch. Narrated by Tom Cunliffe  more…

Tracks of Borkumriff IV
If I have a favourite among Tom Nitsch’s movies, I guess this is it. An unusually knowledgeable owner chooses a legendary yard to build his vision to specifications defined by an outstanding team of naval architects and interior designers, who describe their working together as if they were involved in a family business. After the design, build and the almost ethereal delivery across Holland have been described, the yacht sails into the bay of Gloucester, following the tracks of schooner history up the East Coast of the U.S.A. It is as if a magical circle has been completed: a spirit has been discovered alive and well which seems to linger on from the schooner heydays, reflecting the enthusiasm behind BORKUMRIFF IV. Tracks of Borkumriff IV won the Gold Remi Award at the WorldFest, Houston 2004 Filmed by Tom Nitsch. Narrated by Tom Cunliffe. more…

Styles and Trials
Tom’s camera recorded a number of very different yachting projects in 2001- 2003. They represented refreshingly different styles of yachts and building methods. In particular, they revealed the contrasting ways the various craft are sailed and enjoyed during the sea-trials. This film is built up from all of them to deliver a unique insight into the world of the superyacht. Each project is groundbreaking in its own way. We wrote the narration to guide you subjectively through this catalogue of wonders as if you had a glass of wine in your hand. Filmed by Tom Nitsch. Narrated by Tom Cunliffe. more…

The Return of The Lady Anne
One of the great highlights of yachting in the early 1900s was the racing of craft built to the new 15 metre rule. Nineteen had originally hit the starting line, including the King of Spain’s Fife Tuiga, but only a very few survived to recent times. Tom Nitsch was in the ‘Fairlie Restorations’ yard during the making of ‘Enchanted By The Dragon’ and he watched as the finishing touches were applied with an adze to the new keel for The Lady Anne. The owner and the skipper agreed to have him film the whole process of her return to original. She was launched in 1999 to race against her old rival Tuiga in the Mediterranean. The whole story is filmed here – crew, builders, researchers, sailors and, of course, the sleeping beauty herself being kissed awake ….. by more than one prince …..The Return of The Lady Anne won the Gold Special Jury Award at the WorldFest, Houston 2001. Filmed by Tom Nitsch. Narrated by Tom Cunliffe more…

Enchanted by the Dragon
In the grey summer of 1998, the renaissance of the Classics brought a fleet of yachts back to the Clyde near Glasgow where they had been designed and built by the Fife dynasty – some of them almost 100 years ago. They are still considered to be the most beautiful yachts ever produced. Lance Lee, the famous American guru, got it right when he said they represent functional art. The first meeting of the Fife yachts in 1998 at the place where they were originally built offered an unusual opportunity to record and recall the story of these sailing masterpieces, as well as their painstaking restoration by people committed to holding on to the values of their origins – immaculate, beautiful, powerful, fast, seaworthy and strong enough to stand the tests of tempests. Enchanted by the Dragon won the Gold Special Jury Award at the WorldFest, Houston 1999. Filmed by Tom Nitsch. Narrated by Tom Cunliffe more…

Atlantic Challenge
In 1997 the re-run of the first official Transatlantic Race of 1905 left no doubt that the ‘Golden Age’ of sailing had returned. This was the best opportunity possible to establish the way this film series can combine current events with the history of yachting. Perhaps the most interesting element was the participation of Adix, a yacht very close in size and rig to the three-masted schooner Atlantic which won the 1905 race in the record time of 12 days – 4 hours from New York to the Lizard in England. This was the great challenge for a fleet of the world’s finest yachts to beat. The main camera was on board the Max Oertz schooner Aello whose skipper pointed out to his crew that this would not be a race around the cans. He was right. Aello lost her topmast and encountered more structural problems later on. The action includes footage shot on several other yachts, and the overall effect can only be described as spectacular. Atlantic Challenge won Gold Award at the WorldFest, Houston 1998. Filmed by Tom Nitsch. Narrated by Tom Cunliffe more…

Athena – The Rebirth of Grandeur
The creation of the 295′ three-masted schooner Athena at Royal Huisman Shipyard in Holland is a project that seems to point in opposite directions. Athena represents a rebirth of the grandeur of the glory-days from before World War I, while delivering a vivid spirit of moving on – finding new developments and levels of perfection for answering yachting’s old questions: the search for speed, seaworthiness, style and quality. The film locates Athena in the stream of history in an entertaining way, emphasising the manner in which her designers and builder have brought the standards of the Golden Age to new heights. Filmed by Tom Nitsch, Narrated by Tom Cunliffe more…

Sailors, Classics and the Walligator
From ´92 through ´95, Tom Nitsch was collecting material during various Mediterranean regattas. The result was an unconventional film with the classics in perfect counterpoint to ‘push-button sailing’ aboard the ultra-modern cruiser/racer Wallygator. Instead of a narration, this movie is built around a dialogue of sailors, skippers and owners generated from their remarks ‘to camera’. Nitsch’s genius at selecting music plays its part and the result is something not seen before in this genre – too ‘avant garde’ for TV – but it won gold at the world´s largest independent film festival in Houston and was declared ‘Video of the Year’ by the ”Kreuzerabteilung” of DSV. This homage to boats -old and new – and the men and women who sail them catches the spirit of the St.Tropez event, the ambience, the philosophies, from what it takes to handle these vessels to the visual joy and beauty of the spectacle. Filmed by Tom Nitsch. Narrated by Tom Cunliffe  more…

The International Rule
The ‘International Rule´ was created at a meeting in London in 1906 by all the leading sailing nations. It gave birth to the so-called `Metre Classes´ which could race internationally without a handicap system. Although the U.S. did not participate at the beginning, the formula became a tremendous success, creating beautiful, comparatively seaworthy yachts of thrilling performance. 100 years later the metre yachts are still very much in vogue: new boats are designed and built, spectacular fleets gather at the start line and their use for cruising is still popular. The film follows the development of the Rule while taking you aboard some stunning representatives on racetracks from the Baltic to the Mediterranean. Featured yachts include the 19-metre Fife gaff cutter Mariquita to the 6-metres and many others that are still generating great racing into the 21st century. Filmed by Tom Nitsch, Narrated by Tom Cunliffe more…