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Wickford Regatta 2014

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This was my second year covering this event, and while I was unable to get on the water for the first day of races (due to the Sail Newport Youth Challenge) I was able to go out on Sunday.  The wind was flukey, the breeze was fairly light, but it was still terrific to see all the one-design boats competing so close to home!  There were several returning faces and both the laser fleet and F18 fleet were double in size from last year.  Hopefully this great event can continue to grow as the years progress!  The F18 fleet surely never ceases to amaze!
The following are experts written with help from Rob Jerry of CatamaranRacing.net:
This year was open to Lasers, Laser Radials, International 420s, 505s, Vipers, and F18s.   There were 16 F18s and 3 F16s all scored as one fleet, which was double the fleet attendance from last year’s event.  The majority of the 505 fleet had brought their boats directly to Wickford from the National Championship in California the previous weekend.  And, just a…

Recent Panning Abstracts

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As a continuation of my attempts at a new kind of water panning, I made visits to the Narragansett Beach and Quonnie's East Beach recently to try and practice the art of incorporating motion into still seascapes.  Both evening presented with pale pastels at dusk, giving my frame some pinks and purples to hold on to.  I think I've got the hang of it, and I started to even incorporate more beach into the frame.  Now I just have to find more variety and try this technique during stormy gray days, brilliant sunny days, with super long "strokes" with the camera, shorter exposures with people within the frame...  The possibilities are endless!  But for now, as my collection of water panning shots grows, I will start to compile them in a new Water Panning category within my photography catalog.  Enjoy!



When Optis Attack!

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This past weekend I was out on the water to shot two regattas.  And while it took me a while to complete both these projects with all the hours of culling, editing, cataloging, posting and emailing involved with each, I finally finished!  
First up, on Saturday, was the Sail Newport Youth Challenge, an annual event hosted by Sail Newport as a season opener for young sailors.  Participants came from far and wide including Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and even Florida, to compete in the races.  There were 5 Club 420s competing and 95 Optis, with the Laser Radials encouraged to sail in the Wickford Regatta instead.  That's right, 95 Optimists!  The starting line was almost as long as the first leg, and all Red, White and Blue Fleets were together in one starting sequence.  Sailing a trapezoid without any inner or outer loops, races were about 30-40 minutes long with a stiff 15 knot seabreeze that kicked up promptly at noon.  Choppy conditions and a few gusts made it difficul…

Wickford Harbor

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We all take things for granted, and photographically I never seem to go walking through my hometown and Wickford Village.  So a couple of times this spring I got out there, just to shoot Wickford.  There wasn't a big plan or much time involved, but it was a start!  The first frame was on the way home from a regatta.  The clouds were rolling in and as I watched it all develop I got off the highway one exit earlier than I planned just so I could get to the closest beach and shoot sunset.  I was just minutes late to get the best color but it was still a terrific shot!  The panoramic was taken in mid May under much warmer conditions.  I had some time to myself and took a shot of the channel and Wickford skyline, complete with the steeple from Narragansett Church.  I will most likely to continue to expand on my local photography, especially as boats begin to fill the harbor for the summer season, but here were two seascapes I was glad I put the time into!
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RI State Championship

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High School Sailing for Rhode Island culminated in the State Championship hosted out of Fort Adams by teams from Rogers and Middletown.  Twelve high school teams competed on a sunny May afternoon with just about the most perfect conditions anyone could ask for!  There was a calm consistent southerly rolling through the harbor, and a warm sun overhead.  Racing started around 3:30pm and there was only a few good hours left in the afternoon for racing.  With a fleet comprised of boats from St. Georges and sails from other schools, boats sailed windward / leewards with a gate twice around.  Five races were squeezed in for both A and B fleets, which was rather impressive for such a short race day.
In the end, Moses Brown came out on top by one point, with Middletown in second, and North Kingstown in third separated by Rogers in fourth place by just one more point.  While this event wasn't important for any regional rankings, it was a terrific event full of friendly interstate competiti…

Beavertail Sunrise

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Beavertail commands attention.  Visited by locals and tourists alike, this rocky point of land provides stunning views to the east, west, and south with sprawling expanses of ocean and views of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.  The lighthouse provides a beautiful backdrop to the rocky cliffs and it's hard to visit this spot solitarily due to it's endless popularity.
I have been visiting this spot for years, first to watch the storms come in or climb on the rocks, but now I visit with my camera.
I don't always have the self-motivation to wake up for sunrise shoots, but early this spring while things were still cold I mustered up the strength to visit Beavertail and watch the rising sun.  It was low tide so I was able to climb far down on the rocks for my long exposures.  And while we often turn our attention first towards Beavertail Lighthouse, it was the view across the water towards the open ocean I appreciated the most.  Even in some of the most familiar spots, we c…