Showing posts from April, 2015

JV Regatta in Newport

The high school sailing season is actually coming to a close!  But a couple weeks back I had the opportunity to join the Middletown and Rogers High School Sailing teams at Newport Yacht Club as they hosted a unique event for JV sailors across the state.  This 7 school event allowed the junior varsities to team race other schools in a formal setting, an opportunity that may not otherwise occur for them during the spring season.  While regattas often feature varsity sailors and practices are limited, sailing time is precious and thankfully the Middletown and Rogers coach, Kate Wilson, provided a setting for these kids to get on the water and gain valuable experience.

The teams included:  Middletown / Rogers, North Kingstown, Prout, Portsmouth Abbey, St. George's Dartmouth, and Moses Brown.  Races were run incessantly and late into the afternoon to give teams as much opportunity to race as possible!  It was cloudy and cool with a fog bank moving up the bay providing little breeze.  W…

Cold High School Start: NK v PAbbey v Williams

It's been a slow start to the high school sailing season this year.  The North Kingstown team was delayed a few weeks from ice covering the harbor.  As things began to thaw it looked like warm weather had arrived, but soon enough it was back to cold gray wintery conditions.

About a month into the season I finally got on the water to join the team!  It was a 3-way regatta against Portsmouth Abbey and the Williams School with a building 12 knot breeze, gusts and overcast skies.  Temperatures continued to drop as racing progressed, and I was very glad I had my winter hat and gloves with me.

The Abbey was up first and dominated in a 3-0 win against NK and then a 3-0 win against Williams.  The North Kingstown JV team sailed against Williams, showing new talent and promise with freshmen skippers winning another 3-0.  Despite the chilly conditions and quick 3-0 racing, competition was friendly.

Needless to say I'm glad my next visits with the high school teams were in much warmer co…

Green Hill Abstracts on a Gray Day

This past February, as we were bombarded with cold and snow, there was one day in particular that reached 45 and sunny.  My first thought was "Go to the beach!"  I wasn't going to the beach for a day of sunning and swimming, but for some shooting.  It was the first day when one jacket was enough and you could stay outside for over 20 minutes without fear of frostbite.
It started as gray and overcast, with the sun peaking in and out from behind the clouds.  I brought my tripod and set up for some abstracts, absolutely loving the way the light was bouncing off the surface of the water!  The horizon was dark but the water was sparkling.
Soon the sun went away completely as the cloud cover solidified.  But I didn't stop shooting.  The new lighting conditions offered a new opportunity for light quality and a softer color palette.  I played with the waves, I turned the camera east instead of west, and at the end of the day I had a new set of images with a completely diffe…