During the last year I've done a number of sailing based assignments, shooting both video and stills for a variety of clients. The start of the recent Rolex Fastnet race was however an afternoon out with friends with the added bonus of being able to shoot some images along the way. The 608 mile biennial Rolex Fastnet race is considered one of the classic offshore yacht races - starting in the Solent off Cowes it rounds the Fastnet rock of Southwest Ireland before returning to finish in Plymouth.
This years race started with extremely light winds and beautiful sunshine - whilst the conditions didn't perhaps provide the most exhilarating sailing it did give the spectator boats the opportunity to get very close to the action as the boats crossed the line and headed out towards the Needles. Among the 365 yachts taking part this year were a number of truly awesome new race boats including the 100' 'Commanche' which appeared powered up in even the merest breath of breeze.Whilst 'Commanche' was enormous the 131' Swiss Trimaran 'Spindrift 2' was even bigger - absolutely dwarfing many of the much more conventional yachts taking part.
The start was a slow affair with many boats struggling to find breeze to cross the start line and using every means at their disposal to eke out an extra fraction of a knot of boat speed.
All shot on Canon 5d mklll.