On 16 January 1994 Peter Blake and pioneering solo yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston, five crew and a cameraman left England in catamaran ENZA New Zealand, to fight French multi-hull trimaran Lyonnaise des Eaux-Dumez for the Jules Verne Trophy. It was awarded to the fastest global circumnavigation with "no motors, no assistance and no stopping". In this award-winning documentary, Philip Alpers narrates ENZA's 74-day journey on the "big cat", as the crew harness the boat's speed and pore over weather forecasts. Blake describes battling an Atlantic storm on the race's last leg as the "worst 24 hours of my life".
Down here every chore is done in a fridge with the hose on. The sea temperature is unsurvivable, one to four degrees above freezing...and the ice is yet to come.– Narrator Philip Alpers on ENZA New Zealand entering the treacherous Southern Ocean