The Challenges of Yacht Photography
It's very hard to take photos of other people's boats when you are sailing your own. When my boat was out of the water for one race I had the opportunity to go out on the chase boat and get some photos of the yachts.
Photographing yachts is not that simple. You have to know the course being sailed so you can be in a position to catch some action when the yachts are coming up to the turning marks. Having a good boat driver is essential as you do not want to interfere with the race, but do want to get close up to the yachts.
The photo platform is quite low so there is always some spray present even in quiet conditions, consequently you are constantly wiping spray from the camera and lens.
Yacht photography is quite energetic as you are constantly moving around the boat to get the best shots. You cannot really stand up in a rocking boat.
All my sailing photographs have been taken during Classic Yacht Association of Australia (CYAA) events on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.
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