In June earlier this year whilst sailing back to the UK across the Atlantic, the 65' Volvo Ocean racing yacht 'Azzam' skippered by double Olympic medallist Ian Walker had a chance mid ocean encounter with the Cunard cruise liner the Queen Mary 2.
The two thoroughbred ocean going vessels took time to speak to one another and the 1,132' 76,000 tonne QM2 performed a close sail past under the watchful eye of Captain Kevin Oprey passing within 200m of the yacht and giving the passengers on board a fantastic view of the round the world racing yacht.
With both boats safely back in the UK Captain Oprey took time to visit 'Azzam' and her crew and was invited for an afternoon sail with Ian Walker and the rest of the guys.
I was also fortunate to be on board Azzam this particular afternoon whilst shooting images for one of the boats sponsors but took the time to shoot a few images of Capt. Oprey whilst at the helm of something very different from his normal day job. It was great to see the 2 sailors together - both obviously passionate about the sea and sailing in whatever form it takes.