For four days last year, Maryland's Eastern Shore became a Hollywood set and Schooner Woodwind II in Annapolis was a brief backdrop for New Line Cinema's "Wedding Crashers" -- a movie starring Christopher Walken, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, about two bachelors who go to weddings, uninvited, to meet women. The 74-foot sailing yacht, owned by Edgewater resident Jennifer Brest and her parents, is normally docked at Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel and used (as was the case last Tuesday) for two-hour sails along the Chesapeake Bay.
In keeping with the Hollywood saying that "it's who you know, not what you know," the family yacht, Brest said, was chosen for the movie after friend and Annapolis Yacht Company owner Ezra Androus recommended the seven-year-old vessel to one of the movie's producers. Director David Dobkin instantly fell in love with it, Brest said.
"We were actually dockside at the Annapolis Marriott Hotel," she said. "He ran by me and hopped on the boat. He looked at me quickly and said, 'Oh my God. This boat is terrific. It exceeds my expectations.' I'll never forget that."
Last Tuesday, boating enthusiasts got to raise the schooner's sails, steer it and look at photos from the movie. The Schooner Woodwind and Schooner Woodwind II sail up to four times daily from the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
-- Eileen Rivers