Tips on How to Win the ‘Other’ Race

Tips on How to Win the ‘Other’ Race

Published on July 6th, 2015

The 2015 Formula 18 World Championship on July 14-18 will have a historic number of entries, with now 198 teams from 23 countries coming to Kiel, Germany. While only a few will stand on the podium, everyone has a chance to get caught on camera. But just like winning races, there is a skill to capturing the photographer’s attention. Here’s a Top 10 list of how to win the ‘other’ race at the Worlds.

1. Do the unexpected in front of the camera. Juke Ball (crew) has spent much of the past month in the gym working on a new signature move that will certainly “wow” sailing fans throughout the world. This photo was published in Yacht & Yachting’s Dr Crash in 2014.

2. Don’t pay attention to the mark. This is a good example how to go viral on the web. These guys are so busy with their mainsail that they didn’t notice they were on a ‘collision course’.

3. Pin-end is favorite. At the start the event photographer will mostly be at the pin-end. And no…, these photos cannot be used in front of the jury to handle your protest if you were over the line or not…

4. Drop your spinaker slowly. When you drop your spinaker in a gentle way it will look very elegant. This a good example by Barry Swantson.

5. Posing to perfection. 2014 Champions Gunnar Larsen and Ferdinand van West did the perfect pose in Ireland.

6. Wipeout like a king. Of course you don’t want this to happen to you, but IF you’re planning to do please first look for the photographer and already start to make obvious moves. Then we all know what you’re up to…

7. Survival mode. Act like you’re ‘really’ trying to survive that race.

8. Thumbs up! Make sure your colleagues at work know you’re having a great time.

9. Permission for a flyby. Yes you have! But please make an announcement first, no need to buzz the pressboat. 🙂

10. Champagne shower. This is easy, just win the event and you’ll be good.

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