Behind the Scenes, September 2021
Published on September 13th, 2021
Did you expect to hear from me this summer? It has been go-go-go: everything that has been on hold for the last year-and-a-half hit, and I hardly had time to think, no less write since my June 2021 report!
But it has been exhilarating being back on the water, working with the events and sailors who truly motivate me to capture that ‘Ultimate Sailing’ image!
Transpac and the J/70 Worlds in July and August were thrilling: you’ll hear more about that later. For now, it’s on to the Rolex Big Boat Series, which is also the subject of our September pages in the 2021 Ultimate Sailing Calendar.
Girdled by a stunning skyline, the rolling hills of Marin, and distinctive Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay is an amphitheater of beauty and one of the most spectacular sailing venues in the world. But competitors in the Rolex Big Boat Series don’t have time to sight see.
Stiff ocean breeze and tidal currents keep racers vigilant, as they face some of the toughest opponents in this ‘wild west’ whereas the late afternoon big breeze and ebb tide makes it great for photos.
Then at the end of the day, teams socialize on the boats. Beer is delivered to the dock. Friday is the fun Mt Gay Rum night with the Food Trucks.
We were on a Protector 28 expertly driven by Pat Lopez and I was working with the talented Peter Lyons. I was shooting with CANON 5D MARK IV LENS 200-400 1.4 and Canon 1DX and lens 100-400 and a 24-105 wide angle.
I’m excited about 2021 Rolex Big Boat Series: The Classics are back and they are grand to photograph with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. In addition to the ORR fleet, there are several one design classes including J/70s, J/88s, J/105s, and Express 37s. Looking forward to my favorite regatta of the year. Hope to see you there on September 15-19, 2021.