Photos: Volvo Ocean Race Departs Newport.

Here is a third and final post from the Volvo Ocean Race in Newport, this time from the send off and departure on to the next leg of the race, which will take the six crews to Lisbon, Portugal.

After some less than desirable weather through the weekend, we finally caught a perfect day. Blue skies, high winds, and warm temperatures – “champagne sailing,” as they apparently call it. 

Coincidentally, I felt like I finally hit my stride shooting, so a combination of that and the conditions made for a fantastic day out on the water. Shooting off of a chase boat at 30-40 knots was an adrenaline rush. There are worse ways to spend a Sunday! 

Here are a few of my favorites from the day. Looking back, I loved every minute of this sailing experience over the past week, even the low moments in the pitch black in the middle of the night. I owe thanks to the team at Getty Images for asking me to shoot this for them, and for the talented, hard working team at the Volvo Ocean Race for their help and support through the week. It was great to meet some new people.

I hope I’m able to shoot more in the future! 

Photos: Volvo Ocean Race Newport In-Port Race.

Here’s a second post from last weekend at the Volvo Ocean Race in Newport. These are from the in-port race, which happens at every stopover along the route. The six teams raced within the Narraganset Bay, giving spectators an up-close view of some really exciting racing.

My knowledge of sailing, and racing in particular, is relatively low, so from a photographer’s perspective, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. This was the first time I’ve shot a race like this, so it was a great learning experience. I quickly learned that it’s all about positioning, and half the battle to getting good sailing images is getting the chase boat in the right place.

This is a mix of features around the racing village before the race and action from the race itself. Despite the gray skies and flat light, I’m happy with a few of these. 

One more post to come from the send-offs tomorrow!

Photos: Volvo Ocean Race Awards Dinner.

I was back in Newport this weekend to shoot the finale of the Volvo Ocean Race’s only North American stop over. This was an incredible weekend, and I have a lot of photos to sort through, so to keep it all straight I’m going to break it down into three blog posts, one per day. 

First, we begin with the Sailor’s Awards dinner on Friday night, which was held at the Marble House, one of the famous Newport mansions originally built by the Vanderbilt family. It was also the site where The Great Gatsby movie with Robert Redford was filmed. It’s a beautiful space, and a perfect backdrop to shoot a sailor party. 

These are a few beauty shots of the space and the event itself. More sailing action to come!

Photos: Volvo Ocean Race Arrives in Newport.

I’m in Newport, Rhode Island, where I’ve been shooting a stopover of the 6th leg of the famous worldwide sailing race, the Volvo Ocean Race. 

My job was to shoot the arrival of the boats into Newport Harbor. I’ve never professionally shot sailing before, but it sounded pretty straightforward, at least in theory. With sailing, though, you just never know, and I think learned that the hard way last night. 

Heavy winds out at sea pushed the arrival of the boats significantly ahead of schedule, which meant that a sunny daytime arrival quickly turned into an overnight one. 

Teams DongFeng and Abu Dhabi Racing were the first two to arrive, going neck and neck in a historically close sprint to the finish line. 

I was assigned to shoot from a tournament chase boat, and being out on the water for this close finish was thrilling. It happened just before midnight, though, and four more boats still out at sea meant for a long night. 

At about one in the morning, we headed back out on our boat to meet the American team, Alvimedica. With about 2 nautical miles to go, their wind died completely, leaving them to crawl their way to the finish line at an excruciatingly slow pace. After three hours of sitting, waiting, and a bit of soul searching in the cold and darkness by myself and others in the chase boat we were working out of, the team crossed the finish line at 4:30 in the morning. At 6 A.M. I was in bed, only to be up and back at it again at 10am.

That’s the life of a sailor I guess! You’re at the mercy of the winds. These were really tough shooting conditions, so I’m proud of these pictures, not so much because they’re incredible to look at, but because I was able to work through a variety of adverse circumstances.

I’ll be back next weekend to shoot the in-port race here! For now, I must sleep.