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:
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.
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 awaiting for a blow of wind during a Contest Cup in Medemblik, Holland
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Swan 45 fleet during a Swan Cup in Porto Cervo
Classic boats race in the gulf of Saint-Tropez during Les Voiles
Southern Wind 's/y Sea Wave sailing toward the Faraglioni in Capri during the special 2016 edition of the SWS Trophy