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Smiles Across the Bay

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It's the end of the season.  School is starting and summer is gone.  But these kids certainly made the best of their sunny summer months!  From Providence to North Kingstown, here are some of my favorite smiles from across the bay as the junior sailing season drew to a close.  Enjoy!
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Opti New Englands

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What an interesting day out on the water.  It was the Optimist New England Championship, hosted out of Potter's Cove by Sail Newport to over 400 optis from the US, USVI, Canada, and even Mexico!  This is always a well attended event and this year it graced the shores of Newport with an astounding number of opti sailors ready to compete!  The Opti Green fleet had about 40 boats, and the Red White Blue circle had the remaining 360 or so boats as one giant fleet.  Sailors were broken into four different starts, designated as Lime, Teal, Pink and Yellow.  There had to be an equal number of races between all the fleets for an overall Opti winner to be determined, and the Red, White and Blue age groups would be broken up after the fact in scoring.

I was out for the second day of racing, which saw a late start due to a stubborn northerly that would just not make way for the light southerly sea breeze until about 1pm.  A trapezoid course was set up and the first start got off around 1:15.…

Summer Sunsets at Second Beach

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As I mentioned recently, I've been trying to find time for creative work instead of the sailing events that consume my summer calendar.  So, with a clear sky and dusk moonrise in the forecast, I packed up my seascape photography kit and made my way to Second Beach in Newport.  Too often I find myself running to nearby beaches like the North Kingstown Town Beach or Narragansett Beach for last minute seascapes during busy summer months.
But this time in early August I made the time and went over to Newport for dusk at the beach.  I explored every path to the beach and picked a few favorites.  As people were packing up from a day in the sun, I was walking around waiting for sunset.  Before too long I broke out the tripod and neutral density filters for some long exposures.  The sky was free of clouds but it made for serene summer pastels.  I took a couple panoramas as well as a few frames just looking down the path towards the water.  The second photo below is probably my favorite f…

NBYA Jr Race Week 2014

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Narragansett Bay Yachting Association organizes events for sailors all over the bay, particularly junior events that give young sailors an opportunity to race with juniors from outside their own programs.  There are multiple events for Optis, 420s and Lasers throughout the summer, and then there's Race Week.  This US Sailing Junior Olympic Sailing Festival for the past several years has been hosted at the end of the summer as a season ending event bringing all the summer's racing to a head.  But this year, in an effort to garner more interest, the event had a new format.  It was hosted off of Compass Rose Beach in North Kingstown at the very end of July, starting with one full day of sailing clinics presented by all the coaches from across the bay, and two days of racing (instead of the historical three race days). 
Day Two of Race Week, the first day of racing, saw one of the strongest seabreezes we had had thusfar for the summer, with winds of 20 knots in the afternoon gust…

Surface Experiment

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With all of this summer sailing going on, it gets hard to find time for my more artistic work.  I find myself longing for quiet afternoons on the beach to experiment with seascapes, color and movement, no time constraints or distractions, just pure creative exploration.  Finding time for this sort of thing is something everyone should do in order to stimulate imagination and creativity, to bring our art to the next level or just to satisfy the soul.  
So, one cloudy day in July, I took my new waterproof Nikon AW1 to Narragansett Beach for some water play!  I was mostly interested in capturing surface shots, those abstract half underwater / half above water types of images that evoke a sense of ocean wonder.  I was rather pleased with my first tries, already anticipating more shoots and perhaps someday having a waterproof housing for my DSLR.
Enjoy something from my abstract artistic side!
More coastal photos here, and specifically more abstracts here





Newport Regatta 2014

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Conditions could not have been more perfect!  The sun was shining, the weather was comfortably warm, the seabreeze was cool and constant, and everyone was out for a fun day of sailing.  It was the second day of racing for the Newport Regatta, hosted annually by Sail Newport as the premiere mid-season One Design racing event all in the name of good fun sailing.  Competitors come from all over New England, the eastern seaboard, plus a few from across the country and even Europe to compete in one of the most fun events of the season. 
While I raced in this regatta back in junior sailing, competing in the Laser Radial class when the regatta was sponsored by Volkswagen, I photographed the dinghy circles for the first time last year.  This year I covered Division One, one of the big boat circles including the gorgeous Swan 42s, the sporty J24s, and the performance Melges 20s and J70s.  Set up from a big and beautiful 40' trawler working as the signal boat, I captured some great shots o…