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Old Feb 21, 2012, 1:04 AM   #1
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Default Round the World Yacht Race 2012 - Sanya, China - In the Harbour

To get away from cold Shanghai my wife and I took a short break in Sanya, Hai Nan Island (the Chinese call it China's Hawaii - around the same latitude as Hawaii and Florida - it's hardly that to me but it does have great weather all year round, hundreds of miles of beaches and the interior is covered in mountains, it's also where they now hold the Miss World competition each year).

On our last day there the Round the World Yacht Race 2012 arrived in Sanya, China (Sanya having sponsored one of the yachts), giving us a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the few stops the yachts make around the world (they are off to Auckland next). This is Part 1 of what will be a two or three part series.

These shots were all taken with K5s mounted with a DA*300 (with and without an AFA x1.7 = 510mm) and a Sigma 50-150. There are some heavy crops (up to 100%) for the 'action' shots

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Team Sanya (China), Groupama (France), Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), CAMPER (NZ), Telefónica (Spain) and PUMA Ocean Racing (USA/Aus/Germany ?), with crews from 15 different countries : -- New Zealand, Australia, France, Spain, United States, Great Britain, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Norway, Brazil, China and Belgium.

You can read more about the race here : [link=http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html]link[/link]

Hope you enjoy these and thanks for looking / commenting. All C&C appreciated as this is something I've never shot before but after this event I'd like to shoot more of.

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Old Feb 21, 2012, 1:04 AM   #2
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.... and some more.


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Terrific series, some great shots.

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Love the series, I race sail boats in the warmer months in Michigan. Slightly smaller boats, about 10 to15m. I shoot them while racing with my P&S. during the short races, about 2 Hours I have much to do and can't carry a dslr. The perspective thru a long lens is great and one of these days when we have extra crew I need to shoot the race with my K2000 & wr 18-135 it can get quite wet

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Very cool shots! I've never tried to shoot racing, though occasionally I'll shoot sailboats when I'm at the ocean. Love the action shots, great fun. I'll have to try more of that one of these days.
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Terrific series, some great shots.

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Thanks Rodney - pleased you enjoyed the set !
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Love the series, I race sail boats in the warmer months in Michigan. Slightly smaller boats, about 10 to15m. I shoot them while racing with my P&S. during the short races, about 2 Hours I have much to do and can't carry a dslr. The perspective thru a long lens is great and one of these days when we have extra crew I need to shoot the race with my K2000 & wr 18-135 it can get quite wet

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Thank you Hans !

One of my thoughts whilst shooting these was that I'd like to get in really close whilst they were racing and maybe even onboard with a K5 and 15 Ltd wrapped in plastic and rubber bands - great FoV !
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Very cool shots! I've never tried to shoot racing, though occasionally I'll shoot sailboats when I'm at the ocean. Love the action shots, great fun. I'll have to try more of that one of these days.
Thank you Harriet. I really enjoyed it and would love to do this again.
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Kevin, Harriet, the most action happens at the race course turn markers. All boats have to round the marker in the same direction so if you anchor inside the course at the markers you get the boats coming and going and the sail changes at the turn, then move to the next marker. The 2nd best place would be at the finish line. Too bad I'am always on the boat. I hope to someday shoot a race. On a 35' boat there is just not the room for a racing crew and a photog.

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Very cool! Would be a blast to see these in person.
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