Jul 05

Morning Glory, Transpac 2005

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America - 21º18’91″N 157º51’42″W

Out there in the middle of the beautiful Hawaiian night powered by the stunning wind behind me cemented my desire to become a full time photographer. With Morgan Larson’s support, the iconic image of the Hooters Girls on the bowsprit of Morning Glory has been viewed around the world and sparked my passion. Ever since this significant moment in my life, I have been so very lucky to meet so many talented friends and colleagues. You are my motivation. Thank you.
Hasso Plattner’s Morning Glory Smashes Transpac Record, sliding smoothly through a moonlit sea, finished the Centennial Transpacific Yacht Race in moderate winds just after 2 in the morning local time Sunday to smash the record held by his nearest rival, Roy Disney’.Although it wasn’t a particularly windy Transpac, the maxZ86s proved their slippery power. The German boat’s time for the 2,225 nautical miles was 6 days 16 hours 4 minutes 11 seconds, lopping almost a day off the record of 7:11:41:27 set by Disney’s previous Pyewacket in 1999.

Jul 05

Morning Glory

Long Beach, California, United States of America 33º45’47″N 118º11’06″W

Last preparation before the Transpac 2005 for the Max Z86 Reichel Pugh design Morning Glory built by McConaghy, a canting keel maxi turbo sled, represented a new dimension in the world of high performance ocean racing yachts. Built for one of the most competitive owners of in the international circuit: Hasso Platner.

Jan 05

Harken Nicorette


Dec 02


Wayasewa Island, Yasawa Islands, Fiji 17º20’24″S 177º08’90″E


The Yasawa Group is an archipelago of about 20 volcanic islands in the Western Division of Fiji, with an approximate total area of 135 square kilometers.

Dec 01

Volvo Ocean Race 2001 – 02

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 33º50’53″S 151º16’48″E

The German entry Illbruck Challenge has won the Cape Town-Sydney leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, finishing in spectacular style off Sydney Opera House around 11.30 this morning.The slick racing yacht was met by a large spectator fleet and a squadron of news helicopters as it glided across the line for its second win.

Sep 01

Fujifilm Dismasting, Port de Fécamp Orma 60 Grand Prix.

Fecamp, Normandy, France 49º46’10″N 0º21’57″E

This Port de Fécamp Grand Prix saw varied weather conditions (eight races sailed in medium, light and some strong winds), and highlights include several moments. A first day during which lots of boats suffered some damage, with Fujifilm (Loïck Peyron) dismasting in the second race, forcing her to retire prematurely from the Grand Prix. Another important fact is the rise of the new generation of multihulls, now more capable of challenging the older ones. But the latter still have good days in front of them … as the first two seeds of this Grand Prix demonstrate : Alain Gautier (Foncia) and Franck Cammas (Groupama).

Aug 01

America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta

Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom, 50º46’22″N 1º18’90″W

“Man Overboard” on “The Lady Anne”, a 15 metre (95′) Gaff Cutter design by William Fife of Fairlie (1912), during the America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta, 1851-2001
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the World’s Oldest and Most Famous Sporting Trophy. The Woodstock of sailing as it has been described. Was truly a remarkable event.

Sep 00

The Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the XXVII Olympiad


Official poster for the sailing event.

Mar 00

30th America’s Cup

Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand 36º40’04″S 174º52’57″E

The 30th America’s Cup was contested between the holder, Team New Zealand, and the winner of the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup, Prada Challenge. New Zealand NZL-60 was selected to race the 2000 America’s Cup. It sailed against the Italian challenger Luna Rossa. It was the first time that an America’s Cup Match was contested without an American boat. In its 2000 America’s Cup quest, Luna Rossa was beaten by New Zealand. Although the gap between the two boats was never too Team New Zealand never appeared to be threatened.

Skipper: Russell Coutts
Tactician: Brad Butterworth
Navigator: Tom Schnackenberg
Helmsman: Dean Barker, Murray Jones
Crew: 16.


Feb 00

2000 Millennium Cup

Auckland, New Zealand 36º36’04″S 174º51’30″E

Onboard Belle Aventure during the 2000 Millennium Cup on the Hauraki Gulf.  You could picture the Havana cigars flying into the Beluga caviar and the Dom Perignon being indecently shaken … $1 billion worth of superyachts were leaving behind lazy harbour moorings for a taste of salt and sailing action. More than 40 superyachts set sail in winds ranging up to 25 knots yesterday when the starter’s gun sounded for the Auckland to Kawau Island Millennium Cup – the official race and party for the fabulously wealthy.