The Dream of Britannia

The Dream of Britannia is a heroic and inspiring film that chronicles Norwegian engineer and sailor Sigurd Coates' 20-year boat project. With a dream to create a big traditional yacht, he was compelled by King Edward VII's Yacht "Britannia" and set out to make a replica. Throughout the course of the project, Coates faced much opposition. While building the replica in Arkhangelsk, Russia, he faced many dangers in addition to the language barriers, cultural differences, and technical issues.

The Norwegian sailor Sigurd Coates spent 20 years to completely rebuild from scratch a replica of the 19th century Royal Yacht Britannia. In her prime and until she was scuppered off the Isle of Wight in 1936, Britannia was the fastest yacht in her class, winning most of the races. Together with 100 workers in Solombala Shipyard in Archangel, Russia, he started the work just after the collapse of the Sovjet Union. The project posed daunting challenges, and very special problems arrived. When is leaving a dream the braver choice?

The fascinating story is told by film director Ann Coates who has followed her brother's project from its beginning.

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The documentary is now available for Video on demand (VOD) online through Reelhouse.

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