Showing posts from August, 2017

J Class visit Newport

Last week, Newport was witness to a truly historic gathering of J Class Yachts that hadn't been seen in years.  Most of these boats sail in the occasional superyacht or classic event, but they haven't been prevalent in the area since the America's Cup days pre-WWII.

The J Class Association, pledged with maintaining the legacy of the J Class yachts that were once competitors in the America's Cup, and any replica rebuilds of the classic sloops, hosted its first World Championship event in Newport this August. Six of the eleven J Class Yachts answered the call.  Among those who came for a week of competition included JK6 Hanuman (replica), JS1 Svea (modern build from 1937 design), JH1 Lionheart (replica), J8 Topaz (modern build from 1935 design), J5 Ranger (replica), and JK7 Velsheda (1933 build).

I was out on the water for the first two days of racing where we saw the most wind for the week, coupled with late starts and fog.  Day One was the distance race through the Ea…

Aerials in Newport Harbor

Some days you don't have a plan.  Some days you just want to go for a shoot!  Last week that's exactly what happened when Steve Cloutier (@BlockIslandSteve) called me up and asked if I wanted to tag along for some droning in Newport Harbor.  Who was I to say no!  A quick hour charge for the batteries and we were on our way.
Logistics can be one of the hardest things about photographing sailing.  You usually need to find a boat and boat driver in order to get on the water and close to the action.  But in Newport, a lot of the smaller fleets will have their starting line just between Goat and Rose Island, making it easy to just photograph from land nearby.  Steve and I were out on a Tuesday evening, and arrived just as a group of Ensigns started their sail upwind toward Clingstone.  While they sailed south in a beautiful 7+ knots, we played around in the middle of the harbor. Apparently from where we were standing, Rose Island light is about 1 km away, and at the very end of my…

SUP Adventures

It's summer!  The season is halfway over, and when I'm not out on the water photographing sailing, I've been taking time to get on the water for some paddle boarding.  I've had some adventures with friends, some paddles and yoga by myself, and all the while playing with various cameras.

My GoPro has been a handy little companion for quickly attaching to the board and hitting the water, but I've also recently acquired my new Liquid Eye Water Housing for my DSLR!  While I'm still getting used to the ergonomics of this big housing, I have plans to take it in the water for some sailing photos, surf, and of course some in-water abstracts.  I could also use my old school Nikonos waterproof film camera, or the Watershot for my iPhone.  But of course my DSLR will always get the best image quality out of the whole bunch!

More water photography to come while the water is so nice and warm :)

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