Coyote: The Mike Plant Story

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COYOTE: The Mike Plant Story
Coyote Poster Official.jpg
Official Film Poster
Directed by Thomas Simmons
Produced by Ryan Lynch, Matthew Davis Walker
Starring Mike Plant (Archival)
Philippe Jeantot
Ken Read
Herb McCormick
Music by Jeff Victor
Tony Braasch
Cinematography Johnny Decesare
Release date
  • July 13, 2017 (2017-07-13)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English

COYOTE: The Mike Plant Story is a 2017 American documentary film that depicts the life of American single-handed yachtsman, Mike Plant. The film was directed by Plant's nephew, Thomas Simmons, and produced by Ryan Lynch and Matthew Davis Walker.[1]

The film focuses on Plant's professional sailing career, notably his successful campaigns in single-handed races around the world: the BOC Challenge and the Vendée Globe. From his debut and underdog victory in the 1986-87 BOC Challenge to his death at sea in advance of the 1992 Vendée Globe, the film relies primarily on archival footage and present day interviews from figures close to Plant's life.[1] The film also highlights Plant's path before his sailing career, including a solo trek of South America, his escape from Greek authorities on a drug trafficking charge and time in a Portuguese prison.[1] Notable characters in the film include sailors Ken Read and Philippe Jeantot, Executive Editor of Cruising World, Herb McCormick, and members of the Plant family.


A special screening of COYOTE was held in Newport, Rhode Island on July 13, 2017 with newportFILM.[1] COYOTE was an official selection of Twin Cities Film Fest in October 2017, where the film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary.[2] COYOTE was also an official selection of the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival [3], the 2017 Lunenburg Doc Fest [4] and 2017 Camden International Film Festival Selects.[5] Worldwide sailing publication, Sailing Anarchy, called the film "The Best Sailing Movie Ever."[6] Sailing World said the film "Captures the spirit of [Mike Plant]... the quintessential American yachtsman."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Walters, Ellinor (September 2017). "The Saltwater Cowboy". Sailing World. Bonnier's Marine & Aviation Group. 
  2. ^ "2017 TCFF AWARD WINNERS! - Twin Cities Film Fest". 29 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Staff, Register. "The core competition contenders for Napa Valley Film Festival". 
  4. ^ "Lunenburg Doc Fest - Films". 
  5. ^ "Points North Institute to screen Coyote as the final film of the year for the CIFF Selects Series - Points North Institute". 
  6. ^ "» the best sailing movie ever - Sailing Anarchy". 

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