The story of Wind is amateurish, silly and dull but the action scenes on the water are worth wading through the plot to see.
Will Parker (Matthew Modine), helmsman for the Americans, commits a blunder that costs the U.S. the America's Cup for the first time ever. Will is crushed but determined to redeem himself by winning back the cup.
He starts in the middle of the desert with the help of his former lover and partner, Kate Bass, (Jennifer Grey), and her current love interest, Joe Heiser, (Stellan Skarsgard) an aeronautical engineering genius. They go through the usual film success and failure with the tests and eventually require the help of Abigail Weld (Rebecca Miller), an heiress, to raise money for the project. His father Morgan (Cliff Robertson) was the skipper of the defeated American crew.
Robertson floats blindly through his lines and Grey is hollow as the spunky helmsman for the new Cup-class boat. But the real stare of the film is the photography directed by John Toll. When the team is in the water and racing the boats like fish cutting though waves, bobbing up and down as they speed through the course. Toll was literally harnessed to the boat's deck in order to operate the camera; he used choppers overhead and high-range cameras on the shore and three separate film units communicating by radio to capture the battle between the sea and the boats. His work is a marvel and should be seen. Too bad the story isn't half as good as the photography.