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Castine to Camden Feeder Race

The 2013 Castine to Camden Feeder Race was stunning with a mix of fog, sun, and amazing clouds. Click on the slideshow above to see a selection from the day, and then visit my online store to order prints. I have adjacent images of several of the boats, so if you would like to view a larger selection of your boat, send me an email and I'll check the archives for additional shots.

Saturday morning, Jane and I were headed to the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta for another day of shooting, but encountered engine trouble and had to head back to Camden. So, apologies to those who had hoped to see photos from the ERR. There's always next year...

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2013

One word:  Weather!!! I've been shooting most of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regattas since 1999, and I have never had a collection of days like this. I arrived early in the week with my family and watched as the wind blew hard for days. White caps increased and the swell grew daily.

Day 1 - By time the first race started on Friday, the blue swell was large and the winds were a steady 20+ knots. Rain squalls were plentiful that day, and as luck would have it, the sun came out as the dark skies passed, creating a beautifully dramatic backdrop for the boats on the last 2 legs of the race.

Day 2 - It just kept getting better. The winds increased to a steady 26 knots with gusts up to 32. Rain squalls and 10 ft. swells made it an exhilarating ride for me that day. I had hired a 23 ft. center console open chase boat and we slammed and/or rolled from wave to wave to get the shots. I've never see the classics race in such conditions before, and although my gear (and my body) got beaten up, it was worth the shots.

Day 3 - Onboard Adventuress, an 83 ft. Fife restored by Rockport Marine and launched last summer in Rockport Maine (see previous blog postings for the video I made on this restoration with Steve Stone). I sailed onboard with many of the Rockport Marine crew, including Taylor Allen, whose continual grin was a pleasure to see. Thank you Captain Alastair and the Adventuress crew for a wonderful sail.

Day 4 - Ideal West Indies weather, with 15 to 18 knots, blue skies, puffy white clouds and a majestic blue swell. A great way to wrap up the races.

Click here, or on the image below, and enjoy the slide show to follow, and be sure to visit our eStore for purchasing prints of the regatta. If you would like to see a full selection of a particular boat, do not hesitate to contact us and we will post you a selection.

Sailing Yacht SINCERITY

Sincerity is an 88 ft. classic ketch designed and built by Cantieri Baglietto in Italy.

This year she saw a mini upgrade at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Co. in Thomaston, Maine, where among other things her topsides were painted from dark blue to white (her original color).

This made all previous images of her visually "out of date," so we spent the holidays shooting her in the Caribbean, where she is available this winter for charter, with St. Lucia's dramatic Pitons as a backdrop. Sincerity will rejoin the New England charter fleet this summer, and this short video proves that she will undoubtedly turn heads in whatever harbor she enters. For more information visit: www.sailingyachtsincerity.com

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Dark Harbors - Islesboro

Dark Harbor 20 During July and August, the classic Dark Harbor 20s race on Friday and Saturday afternoons.  If the summer continues to produce beautiful weather, you will see me frequently in Penobscot bay.

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Launching: Buzzard Bay 30's

On Sunday, June 22, French & Webb launched the fully restored Herreshof Buzzard Bay 30s, Young Miss, Quakeress II, and Lady M. For the past two years Alison has been photographing this restoration process.

The Buzzards Bay 30's were originally built in 1902 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. of Bristol, R.I.The 47-foot yachts were ordered by the Beverly, Mass., Yacht Club and were raced as a class. French & Webb was selected to restore three of these class sloops. These yachts, in varying stages of disrepair, were brought back to their original condition using materials, hardware & details specified in their Herreshoff plans.

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