Transatlantic race features some of the top Open 60 world class single-handed sailors
This weekend, offshore sailing enthusiasts, single-handed long distance race freaks and adventurers of all types will be able to experience and see some of the world’s top Open 60’s sailors, boats and racing right here on the shores of the US. Alex Thomson and his Open 60 Hugo Boss will be one of the competitors. Alex is best known for his full throttle sailing style, as well as, his promotional feats “the keel walk” and “mast walk” highlighted here about a month or so ago.
The Ocean Masters Series is part of a new IMOCA world championship series. This year’s event will be a double-handed race starting this Saturday from Newport, RI to New York City and then on to Barcelona leaving June 1st. Newport Shipyard is the event’s home base and it is a unique opportunity for visitors to get a close and first hand look at some of sailing’s most technical racing machines. The race begins with Saturday’s 125 nautical mile prologue race from Newport to NYC. Afterwards, the race will leave NYC for Barcelona with competitors arriving mid-June.
Spring Rugby Is Here, Time For Some Action.
It’s a short season if you play college sports in Vermont and New England. School ends in early May, and even now as I gaze out my window, winter’s last grip is still upon us. Snow banks line the edges of most sports fields and whether lacrosse, baseball or rugby, most initial practices happen in the dead of winter. The season goes quick. For rugby enthusiasts, this weekend one of rugby’s largest collegiate tournaments will be happening in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The 2014 Beast of the East will bring together college and university teams from all over the Northeast. This popular event is hosted each year by the Providence Rugby Football Club. For area teams, fall is the competitive “season” and this tournament is the highlight of the short spring season. For me and others, it is an opportunity to shoot this exciting, dramatic sport. Six fields and two full days of competition give us lots of opportunities to catch the action. For photographers, rugby is an action sports favorite. The sport has its fill and share of compelling images, big hits, usually a bit of blood and passionate players, loyal fans and rugby groupies. I had the pleasure to capture last years’ 2013 Beast of the East, and you can see images here. Exciting images from 2014 Beast of the East version will be coming soon.
Going for a walk with Open 60 single-handed sailor Alex Thompson always takes on a slightly different style. The skipper of Hugo Boss a few years back caught our attention with a “keel walk” video and photo. It was an amazing feat if you take into consideration the boat’s speed, heel and his team’s coordination. Recently, he’s taken it to a new level with a mast walk. Alex has spent his life competing in single-handed offshore round the world racing on some of the sport’s most extreme sailboats. In 2012, he completed his first single-handed Vendee Globe Race after three attempts. For him, compared to sailing in the Southern Ocean, climbing the mast probably seems like child’s play or maybe a morning walk in the park. In the accompanying video, stylishly dressed he makes it look easy, complete with a graceful swan dive from the top of the boat’s 100 foot mast.