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.

Dec 98

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1998

Tasman Sea, Australia 42º33’93″S 148º50’17″E

“Et j’ai vu quelquefois ce que l’homme a cru voir !”
“And sometimes I’ve seen what men have imagined they saw!”
Arthur rimbaud
Le Bateau Ivre
Drunken boat

Aug 98



Sep 97

Start of the 1997 – 98 Whitbread Round the World Race

Southampton, England, United Kingdom, 50º46’59″N 1º19’20″W

Paul cayard as skipper of EF Language won the 1997/1998 Whitbread Round the World race. He beat out 10 other yachts for the prize over a course of 32,000 miles (51,500 km). This was remarkable as it was his first ever Whitbread and he also became the first ever American to win the event.

May 89

Lada Poch III

Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies 17º53’72″N 62º52’75″W

“A legend is born” – an early photo of Loïck Peyron at the helm of Lada Poch III training in Saint Barth in 1989 shortly before the 89-90 Vendée Globe. This premiere edition of the Vendée Globe was a very significant race for Loïck and would cement his place in history as one of the greatest offshore sailors of our time. After improbably righting a capsized Philippe Poupon onboard Fleury Michon X, in one of the most famous mid-race rescues to date, Loïck would finish a respectable 2nd place just behind Titouan Lamazou on Ecureuil d’Aquitaine II. His perfect example of clever seamanship in this notoriously gruelling ocean race was a small indication of great things to come for p’tit Loïck, the French Jedi Master of the Ocean.
Words: Fred Eagle

Mar 89

Kialoa III

Atlantic Ocean, 34º11’56″N 38º32’13″W

Ocean Atlantic crossing onboard the maxi Kialoa III from Saint Barthelemy French West Indies to Antibes France.