April 09, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Although you may think it is

Yachting photographers chasing sailboats

This is s a small example of what it looks like chasing sailing boats onboard a dinghy, hoping you will excuse me for the poor quality of the video:it's a 5 years old footage, and no smart stabilisers were on the market at those times. I will post more and better quality videos during the forthcoming Med season, starting in mid May in Capri, with the Rolex Capri Sailing Week.

It's a common refrain i have to hear all the time from friends: "you lucky dude, always around the world photographing sailing boats, you're living the good life"... 

Well, i have to admit i can't complain at all, for being a yachting photographer means to be at the office in some of the most beautiful places in the world, like Capri, Porto Cervo, Saint-Tropez and spending days on the docks of exclusive marinas and getting to know many, many incredible and super talented people who work in the superyachts industry, such as yacht builders, designers and architects, legendary sailors with Olympic gold medals records, lots of beautiful and interesting persons, and yacht owners who very often are some of the most brilliant and inspiring persons on Earth..!

But this is only one side of the medal, the bright and shiny one... unfortunately  there's also the other side, and it's often quite dark, and here's why - in random order: 

  • Carrying 20+ Kg of expensive and fragile equipment stored in super-heavy waterproof cases
  • 4/5 hours every day out at sea on a chase boat, likely driven by a local former bootlegger, together with a bunch of eager colleagues, each of which aiming to take photos at 20 boats at the same time but different from any other photographer onboard, so that the driver gets hysterical before the race even starts.
  • The boats you're after are inevitably the slowest in each group of the regatta, then your colleagues first blame you, then eventually tie and muzzle you. 

Photographers on a press boat chasing superyachts in Porto CervoYachting photographers in action

Photographers on a press-boat during a Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo


When finally back to the docks, there are 2 different possible scenarios:

     1. There have been champagne sailing conditions (photo below), with some 30 sailing boats racing fast as hell, tacking, jibing and crossing each other all the time and you've been 50 times sprayed with salted water, then you have to accurately rinse cameras and lenses before they get eroded, while downloading some 3.000 amazing photos, which you'd better select and edit damn fast, before another photog gets the gig in your place.

Nautors Swan fleet during the Swan Cup in Porto CervoNautors Swan sailing boats fleet Sailing boats from 45 to 90 feet heading to Lavezzi mark under 25 knots Mistral wind during a Swan Cup in Porto Cervo


     2.  It was a boring 2/3 knots breeze with flat sea, 35° temperature and 99% humidity (photo below) and after 4 hours at sea all you desire is a shower, immediately followed by a cold drink and some meditation, but there's no chance for that, because your clients will only give you 5 minutes to show your masterpieces, and it's now or never...

Sailing boats from a droneSailing boats from a drone

Sailing boats awaiting for a blow of wind during a Contest Cup in Medemblik, Holland


But after all, we love shooting sailing boats, especially superyachts, both during regattas and for commercial photo and video shootings commissioned by boat builders, designers or yacht owners.

If you like to have a look at more sailing photos please visit my homepage here.


The lighthouse of Capo Ferro during a Swan Cup regattaCapo Ferro in Porto Cervo

Swan 45 fleet during a Swan Cup in Porto Cervo


La Cittadelle in Saint-Tropez during Les Voiles regattaSaint-Tropez and Les Voiles

Classic boats race in the gulf of Saint-Tropez during Les Voiles


The Southern Wind superyacht Sea Wave sailing in front of the Faraglioni in CapriSWS s/y Seawave sailing in Capri

Southern Wind 's/y Sea Wave sailing toward the Faraglioni in Capri during the special 2016 edition of the SWS Trophy






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