August 11, 2013

Bob Keyes: Risking it all on an act of faith

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A still provided by documentary filmmaker Gregory Roscoe shows the galleon Raw Faith underway on a calm sea.

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This is raw footage from the actual 2010 U.S. Coast Guard rescue of Raw Faith 100 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., after the boat became disabled. Video by Air Station Cape Cod.


"RAW FAITH: A FAMILY SAGA" will screen at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland; 7 p.m. Thursday at Nickelodeon Cinema, 1 Temple St., Portland; and 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at The Frontier, 14 Maine St., Mill 3, Fort Andross, Brunswick

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George McKay is now living in Lowell, Mass., still coming to terms with the decisions he made and the reality of an unmet dream. He has many regrets, his sons said, and the biggest is that he was unable to fulfill the dream that motivated him and led him to change the course of his life and the lives of those most important to him.

He and his wife are divorced, and the family is scattered. But they are healing.

"Dad's doing better," Tom McKay said. "The first couple of years after the ship, he had a rough time. He was really struggling with life in general, but he is doing better. It's getting better every year, and he is definitely moving on. Our family is doing well.

"Obviously, it's covered in the documentary the changes that our family went through. We were a close-knit and tight family, and in the process of building the ship, Aaron and I left, mom and dad got a divorce, and Liz left.

"My dad was left holding the ship by himself. Obviously, there are a lot of emotions that come along with that. The family has healed a lot from all those hard feelings. But there is still a fair amount of healing to be done."

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A still provided by documentary filmmaker Gregory Roscoe shows Raw Faith builder George McKay at the helm.

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