I think about pictures a lot. Often when I am out walking and I have an image in my mind I go over and over it trying to figure out how to capture it. If there is one recurring technique that has always interested me its night time photography.I had the idea on Drum (1985) to try and show what its like to sail at night.There are many non sailors that think we put the
Published 12:23 on 15 May 2020
I have been fortunate to sail around Cape Horn a few times on various Whitbread yachts but one of the most interesting and challenging gigs has been photographing the Whitbread/Volvo boats rounding Cape Horn. In the 97/98 race it was still the Whitbread and I worked alongside Andrew Preece, Richard Simonds, and Eric, we worked from a Chillean Navy aircraft out of Puerto Williams. Nikon lent me a very early prototype Nikon/Kodak digital camera
Published 12:09 on 15 May 2020
I joined Adele in Ushuaia, sailed the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, then to The Falklands, South Georgia and up to Rio, I was onboard for 7 weeks and I will never forget the incredible experiences. Here are a few pictures from The Falklands and South Georgia. The vast amount of wildlife in South Georgia is just incredible and has to witnessed to be understood. There were over 250,000 King Penguins in
Published 11:58 on 15 May 2020
Some of the best wildlife encounters I have experienced have been while working onboard Super Yachts in the Arctic and Antarctic, in particular the yacht Adele.Here are a few pictures of a humpback whale we encountered in Antarctica.We drifted for a few hours with this whale, the water was incredibly clear and you can clearly see the pectoral fins through the water. Adele is a 180' Andre Hoek design and a beautiful boat to
Published 11:51 on 15 May 2020
Barking Mad, Mean Machine, Mascalzone Latino, Alingi, ...One of the great classes of the 90's and early 2000's were the Farr 40's.Large fleets of boats raced by owners, crews and the top pros (and some very young upcoming now pros).There is nothing like seeing a large fleet of boats approaching the windward mark with just inches between them.It makes for great racing and great pictures.This is a selection from Cowes, Miami and Key West.
Published 11:41 on 15 May 2020
Continuing the theme looking at some of great regattas La Nioulargue now the Voiles de Saint Tropez is right up there. In the 90's it seemed like half of Hamble would make the annual trek to Saint Tropez at the end of the summer season. One particular image that stands out in my mind is this spinnaker lit up like a lantern by the setting sun from 1992. Racing had been delayed and
Published 11:40 on 15 May 2020
I do miss Key West race week. My first regatta there was 1988, which was only the second time it was held. I think it was the first time the IOR 50s raced there and it was pretty crazy at times. In the 80's & 90's Key West was regarded as a windy event but over the years it seemed to change to a light to medium. It was extremely popular with the
Published 07:19 on 7 May 2020
For me probably the most photogenic yacht in the world is the 125 foot classic Mariquita, originally built in 1911. During the 2012 Westward Cup in The Solent I set myself a challenge to capture the feeling of the pictures from the era when these classics were originally racing.Cameras of that era didn't have fast shutter speeds so I restricted this to between115th and 160th of a second rather then the usual 11000th required
Published 17:11 on 6 May 2020
The IOR Maxis were the state of the art boats in the 80's and 90's. These photographs are mostly from the Kenwood Cup Hawaii, the Newport Maxi Series and possible a maxi series during La Nioulargue in St Tropez . The 3 "aerial shots" of Boomerang, Condor and Kialoa were taken as they sailed under the Jamestown Bridge.
Published 17:07 on 6 May 2020
"Behind the Lens" Part 28 King's Cup 1992 We have covered many of the Solent boats over the last few days so here is a selection from the Phuket Kings Cup in 1992. Bit of a heavy emphasis on Bill Gasson's Buzzard.
Published 17:02 on 6 May 2020
The 80's and 90's was a great time in IOR racing with new boats appearing every season with familiar names repeating. Names like Jamarella, Full Pelt and Oracle. Harold, Lawrie, Joe, etc. the names were know to us all. Allan Grey let me ride in the Jamarella tender for many of the events. Some great memories here, in particular the Jamarella Admiral's Cup Team photo, 1989? All so young!
Published 16:15 on 30 Apr 2020
Yesterdays post reminded me of a couple of other shots hiding in my archive. Dump Truck, the Dubois 54 footer was THE boat around 1990, with an "all star" crew I remember photographing her in The Solent, the Scottish Series, Spi Ouest and La Nioulargue. Lots of fun with a great crew. Around the same time Dump Truck's helmsman Bruce Savage and Shaun Carkeek (now the successful yacht
Published 16:12 on 30 Apr 2020