Kekoa, the iconic 50-foot, black-sailed wooden catamaran that anchors in Cruz Bay harbor, has had one heck of a run. Built in 2008, it made its maiden voyage from South Carolina to the Virgin Islands in 2010 only to be lost at sea after its delivery company abandoned her in rough seas. Owners, brothers Jamison and Ryan Witbeck, salvaged Kekoa, brought her back to life and then sailed her down to St. John.
And then 2017 happened. Kekoa, like many boats, was hunkered down out in Hurricane Hole on St. John’s East End when Hurricane Irma barreled though the islands. It was left mangled among the broken mangroves. And once again, the Witbeck brothers salvaged her and brought her back to life. That story is now a movie, and it may be coming to a theater near you.
Kekoa’s story is being told as part of the YETI Film Tour, and it debuted Saturday night in Orlando. Here is a sneak peek:
The YETI Film Tour features seven unreleased films that “that capture the unbreakable human spirit,” according to its website. It is coming to eight cities across the country including Charlotte, Nashville, Chicago and Austin. Please visit www.yeti.com/en_US/yeti-film-tour for film dates and ticket information.
7 thoughts on “The Story of Kekoa is Now on Film & It May Be Coming to Your Neighborhood”
This brought chills and tears to my eyes. Would love to see this film. I am sure it shows how the human spirit cannot be broken. Continued success to the “Kekoa family”.
I wish this was playing somewhere near me! Kekoa’s stories of revival, hard work and hope inspire me. She’s one helluva boat! Love the unending positivity of her crew, as well!
Jamison was telling us all about it when we went out with him on Kekoa on 12/15/19. Can’t wait to see it!
We love that boat and the history it brings!!!! Would love this documentary to come to Raleigh NC. Lots of St John visitors here.
We’ve sailed many times on Kekoa and loved every minute. So happy it will be back on the water and looking forward to many more magical journeys.
I can’t believe I missed it and I live in Orlando!! My heart is broken. Hopefully we can see it later.
Please update this if it is able to be seen online now since the virus is shutting down gathering. Love to see it!