(July 23, 2010) The hype began in July 2009 when Zac Efron, the youthful star of the 'High School Musical' franchise, was spotted by the paparazzi getting sailing lessons in a Lido 14 by none other than Olympic sailing medalist Pease Glaser. The movie Efron was preparing for - 'Charlie St Cloud' - is to be released July 30th, and looks to have a lot of sailing footage included.
Besides Pease, Canadian Sailing Team member and two-time Olympian, Nikola Girke served as a stunt double during the filming. "The shoot ended up being a 6-day adventure," describes the RS:X Olympic sailor, with a crew of five doing the legwork and then hiding for the shoot. Girke adds, "You might get a glimpse of me during the movie (although you shouldn't be able to tell it's me). There should be some helicopter footage of the boat sailing along a rugged coastline with a lighthouse at the cape of it and me at the helm," she explains.
Zac's love interest, Amanda Crew (nice last name, eh!), noted the challenges of her role extended beyond her heartthrob costar. "I don't know where I got the idea that sailing would be easy. I imagined myself sitting around in a bikini and slipping champagne on deck, but that wasn't it at all. We used a real-deal [racing sailboat] during filming and there was an eight-man crew trying to navigate it. They're professionals, and they were struggling and sweating - eight massive guys who have been doing this their whole lives."
Will 'Charlie St Cloud' make us forget about 'Wind' ... let's hope so.
'Charlie St Cloud' trailer
'Wind' - Final scenes from the Francis Ford Coppola movie from 1992.