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    "Behind the Lens" Part 14 Ellen MacArthur

    Racing around the world dodging icebergs and setting speed records with 10 of your best mates is one thing, doing it on your own, non stop is something else. I first met Ellen in the late 90s, she was living in a portakabin outside my office in the car park at Hamble Yacht Services.I didn't know at the time she would become a hero, but we talked a bit and shared a few

    Published 12:13 on 13 Apr 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 13 Maiden

    The mid to late 80's were a great time to live in Hamble.It was pretty crazy with the King & Queen, Dodgy Eater, Celeb Club, The Pink House etc etc. Maybe it's the same now if you are in your twenties?I hope not, many of us were lucky just to live through it! When Tracy announced the Maiden campaign I saw it from the start.I saw the highs and lows of trying to get

    Published 12:11 on 13 Apr 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 12 2001/2 VOR The unspoken bond

    The friends you make during a Volvo race can last a lifetime, whether it's the shared experience offshore or onshore there is a common, often unspoken, bond. When a race is over the teams and management, propagate all over the circuit. You can having a coffee, more likely a beer, in Sardinia or St Tropez or Sydney and a familiar face will join you.It's the nod, the handshake, the eye contact, the unspoken

    Published 12:03 on 13 Apr 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 11 2001/2 VOR The Offshore Sorties

    Going through the hard drives for yesterdays post reminded once again there are many more pictures from 2001/2 that it would be great to show. Cameraman George Johns, Steve Ancsell and I were tasked with bringing the race images to the public as much as we possibly could, and it turned out to be quiet an adventure.The race had a web site and we had email, mostly using Compuserve.No more the results on Ceefax.

    Published 06:32 on 10 Apr 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 10 2001/2 The first Volvo Ocean Race

    04 December 2001 Volvo Ocean Race - Assa Abloy surfs at over 30 knots towards Sydney at the end of leg 2 Cape Town to Sydney of the Volvo Ocean Race 2001/2. I was the official photographer for the 2001/2 Volvo Ocean Race, working with Steve Ancsell and cameraman George Johns we were a team tasked with photographing the boats around the world wherever they were in striking distance from the shore. This was

    Published 20:44 on 8 Apr 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 9 Whitbread The Crews

    This is a random selection of pictures of the crews from the 85, 89, 93, 97 races.I am not able to access my slide archive at the moment so these are just the pictures that I happen to have on my hard drives. There are so friends and characters in these shots, the pictures don't have names on but you will recognise many.If there is a picture of you in this post that you would

    Published 20:43 on 8 Apr 2020

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    "Behind the Lens" Part 8 Whitbread - The Boats

    The 1989 Whitbread is often cited as being one of the best, there were 23 entries, the largest fleet in any Whitbread race and the fleet went to North America for the first time.The diversity of the fleet is often forgotten, from a team of postmen on a 51foot Benetau, to Peter Blake's maxi ketch Steinlager 2, to me the ultimate Whitbread boat. There was even a Cruising Division, maybe that could be brought back?

    Published 14:44 on 6 Apr 2020

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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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