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Archive for September, 2009

What a day it was out on the water yesterday! Sunny, warm, and winds of ~ 10-20 kts, made for perfect sailing conditions for the Rolex Big Boat Series competitors.  A  beautiful fog bank blanketed the Golden Gate Bridge for much of the day, providing a great backdrop for the boats as they made their way upwind.  With relatively light air and flat water, there wasn’t much in the way of the crashing and burning that we photographers find so compelling, but none-the-less, I think I shot a few compelling images.  Many thanks to John Siegel for the ride on his Protector!

The day’s galleries are online now at Rockskipper Photography.

Pre-race at the St. Francis yacht Club dock.

Pre-race at the St. Francis yacht Club dock.

Ragtime and the TP 52s.

Ragtime and the TP 52s.

Dan Woolery's Soozal at the windward mark.

Dan Woolery's Soozal at the windward mark.

John Siegel's Scorpio ducks James Bishop's Gold Phoenix.

John Siegel's Scorpio ducks James Bishop's Gold Phoenix.

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Only seven boats were on hand for this year’s Melges 32 North American Championship in San Francisco Bay, but with near-perfect conditions, the competition was close.  After three days of racing, Don Jesberg’s Viva claimed the championship – the only completely corinthian team on the race course.  Congratulations Don!

Hosted by the Sausalito Yacht Club, the regatta was run by Regatta Pro’s Jeff Zarwell with race committee volunteers from San Francisco Yacht Club and an additional mark-set boat from St. Francis Yacht Club.  Racer Steve Pugh kindly provided his Protector to the event for use as a media boat for the class association. Thanks Steve, and congratulations on your 2nd place finish!

More photos at Rockskipper Photography.

Don Jesberg's VIVA leads at the windward mark.

Don Jesberg's VIVA leads at the windward mark.

Steve Pugh's Taboo nears the windward mark.

Steve Pugh's Taboo nears the windward mark.

Q and Rougarou round the windward mark.

Q and Rougarou round the windward mark.

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I’m always looking for different vantage points when shooting sailboats, and my perch on the pier just north of Crockett proved to provide some terrific angles of the boats as they raced to Benicia through the Carquinez Straits.  More photos at Rockskipper Photography.

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September fourth’s full moon (known as the Harvest or Corn Moon) provided a great opportunity for photography of San Francisco Bay and a few recognizable icons.   The sun was setting as the moon was rising,  providing dramatic lighting on the Berkeley hills,  Alcatrez, the San Francisco city-front, and the Golden Gate Bridge.    All images, Nikon D700, Nikkor 200-400 f/4.

Moonrise over the Berkeley Hills.

Moonrise over the Berkeley Hills.

San Francisco Twilight.

San Francisco Twilight.

San Francisco Bay Ferry

San Francisco Bay Ferry in the Moonlight.

Moonlight over Alcatrez.

Moonlight over Alcatrez.

Fog over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Fog over the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sixteen schooners participated in San Francisco Yacht Club’s Great Schooner Race,  which benefited the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center.  Thanks to Bill Moore, I was out on the Express 27, Shenanigans to watch the parade through Raccoon Straights.  With temperatures on land reaching 95+ degrees, the Bay was definitely the place to be for the day.  Thanks Bill!

The gaff-rigged schooner Stardust.

The gaff-rigged schooner Stardust.

The Marconi-rigged schooner Seaward.

The Marconi-rigged schooner Seaward.

The gaff-rigged schooner Yankee sails past Angel Island.

The gaff-rigged schooner Yankee sails past Angel Island.

While black and white seemed most appropriate for many of these high contrast images, one schooner in particular called for color.

Kaiulani sails past Tiburon.

Aldebaran sails into Raccoon Straights.

More images can be found on Rockskipper.com.

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