Sailing Photography : Classic Yacht Racing, Westward Cup 2012

12th June 2012
Sailing Photography
Classic Yacht Racing, Westward Cup 2012

The three classic yachts, Eleonora, Mariquita and Mariette cross the starting line of the Westward Cup 2012. Sepia.

I spent a day earlier this week out on the water watching some of the great classic yachts racing on the Solent in the Westward Cup 2012.

Three of the greats were taking part : Eleonora, Mariquita and Mariette. The largest of these, Eleonora is 49.5M in length and was launched in 2000 as a exact replica of the schooner Westward which launched in 1910 and dominated the racing scene for many years.

Run in association with the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) with the RYS as the Organising Authority, the Westward Cup was first held in July 2010 and was a tremendous success for everyone taking part. It marked the revival of and interest in Big Class yacht racing in the Solent and around the world. A spectacle rarely seen on the Solent.

It was a grey overcast day with rain showers blowing through, which suited the monochrome of black/white or sepia conversions.. I managed to take a LOT of shots on this trip so it will take a while to pick out the best, but here are a few to get you going.

The classic schooner Eleonora under full sail in the Westward Cup 2012. Sepia.

The classic yachts, Mariquita and Mariette race downwind in the Solent as part of the Westward Cup 2012. Sepia.

Leave a comment

Your Name
Your Email
(Optional)
Your Comment
No info required here, please press the button below.