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    "Behind the Lens" Part 7 Always pushing the envelope

    Before we move on from the Whitbread era I thought we could look at some of the more challenging pictures. To take pictures onboard you have to have the "buy in" from the crew.There were many examples of this is on Drum, like when we set the spinnaker pole going upwind just to photograph a sail change, that we probably didn't need.Or flying off a halyard to leeward to take a shot of the

    Published 07:10 on 4 Apr 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 6 The first High Latitude experience

    There was, and still is to this day, a very strong bond within the crew of Drum, for obvious reasons. Many of us are still in contact and have shared other great adventures. Just a few months ago I was onboard Pelagic Australis leading a group in the Falkland Islands. The first expedition boat Pelagic came about from conversations sitting on rail on Drum. Three of the crew agreed they would build

    Published 11:09 on 3 Apr 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 5 How the Calendars started

    In parallel to the Whitbread Races, the first Rick Tomlinson Yachting Calendar was published in 1989. This was a result of two particular pictures, the Jameson knockdown and the Gotland Runt in fleet in Sandhamn, Sweden. The Jameson Whiskey picture was taken at the 1987 Irish Admirals Cup trials off Howth. It was blowing hard, and I was taken out to photograph the racing in a small 4 meter Avon RIB. It was

    Published 15:33 on 1 Apr 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 4 Team EF Whitbread 1997/8

    The last Whitbread Race I sailed was the 97/98race with Team EF.Pre-race I was having a chat with Johan Salen about my possible involvement.I said I would like to sail the first and second leg onboard and then continue as the Team photographer ashore.Great said Johan, one on the girls boat and one on the boys.I was a bit surprised and didn't reply quickly enough, he just left the room. And that was how it

    Published 14:02 on 31 Mar 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 3 Intrum Justitia 1993/4 Whitbread Race

    Whitbread 60 Intrum Justitia.This main shot was taken in the Southern Ocean, well to the south or Tasmania on leg three of the 1993/4 Whitbread, Fremantle to Auckland I came on watch just as dawn was breaking.Before I took over the spinnaker trim I shot about 6 frames looking forward into the dawn light.It was blowing 45 knots and the waves were pretty big. In my calendar caption from 1995 I

    Published 16:35 on 30 Mar 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 2 The Card 1989-90 Whitbread

    Going forward from Drum, 4 years later quiet a few of the same crew were sailing the Swedish entry The Card skippered by Roger Neilson with Magnus Olsson and Gurra Krantz the watch leader. One of my memories of sailing on the maxis in the Whitbread was the number of headsail changes we seemed to do.We had three#1 headsails, light, medium & heavy, a #2, #3, #4, #5 and a storm jib.It took everyone

    Published 16:29 on 30 Mar 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 1 Drum in the 1985-86 Whitbread Race

    So this is where it started for me, on Drum I was a crew member and boat builder, photography was only a hobby but I had a few ideas I wanted to try out while ocean sailing, more on that on another post.There were up to 22 crew onboard Drum depending on the leg, so when we were straight line sailing there wasn't a lot to do, so I started taking pictures. In this

    Published 16:14 on 30 Mar 2020

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