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Love (and the iQFOiL) is in the air

Love (and the iQFOiL) is in the air

by Betsy Senescu February 08, 2024

Don’t you just love the new Olympic Class iQFOiL windsurfer? This super-sonic fleet featured in the February pages of the 2024 Ultimate Sailing Calendar will makes its Olympic debut at the 2024 Games: bringing a whole new level of excitement as they fly around the racecourse!

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A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

by Betsy Senescu January 15, 2024

The January images in the new 2024 Ultimate Sailing Calendar are from our friend and colleague Stephen Cloutier, who is by no means a stranger to Ultimate Sailing. Steve captured these photos during the M32 Winter Series in Miami. “The M32 class, for me, is one of the most exciting classes to photograph,” said Steve.

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Big Boat and Bigwigs

Big Boat and Bigwigs

by Betsy Senescu December 18, 2023

The December 2023 calendar images feature one of Sharon Green’s favorite regattas, the St. Francis Yacht Club Big Boat series sponsored by Rolex. Since Sharon arrived on the scene in 1983 she has been at nearly every running of this wet and wild event, which is now approaching its 60th year!

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s ….

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s ….

by Betsy Senescu November 03, 2023

Sharon Green captured these images during the SailGP Series in San Francisco Bay: a great amphitheater for these super-sonic boats. Between the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the hills of Marin and stunning city front, add 360-degrees of spectacular backdrop to the excitement of the event.

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Days of Gold

Days of Gold

by Betsy Senescu October 05, 2023

It’s October, when the world turns golden: the sky, the foliage, even our coffee turns an umber shade, as pumpkin spice abounds! And the October pages of the 2023 Ultimate Sailing Calendar highlight this rich and glowing time of day, when the sun is sinking low, while tenacious sailors eke every morsel out of the last whisper of dying breeze.

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Oodles & oodles

Oodles & oodles

by Betsy Senescu September 28, 2023

Who wants to guess how many images our awesome Ultimate Sailing team captured during this last Transpac? Looking at the September pages of the 2023 Ultimate Sailing Calendar, it’s easy to see how this thrilling race – a 2,225-mile dash from Los Angeles to Honolulu – could inspire us to get a little shutter happy!

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The odd years

The odd years

by Betsy Senescu September 24, 2023

It’s been an odd year! Not as in “unusual” but as in “odd” numbered: 2023. Which means we’ve been up to our ears this summer with Transpac: a thrilling but exhausting whirlwind that happens every other year. So ‘apologies for the delay: this is your July/August Ultimate Sailing blog at last!

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Jolt `N Jibe

Jolt `N Jibe

by Betsy Senescu July 01, 2023

St. Barth is always where the action is – both on the water and off. Caressed by trade winds and waves that have traveled over 3,000-miles of uninterrupted sea, it is definitely ‘fresh-to-frightening’ all the time.

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Winning both ways

Winning both ways

by Betsy Senescu May 17, 2023

And the legacy that started nearly half a century ago and continues to this day. Pyewacket 70, pictured here, crushed the 2021 Transpacific Yacht Race, coming in first-to-finish in just five-and-one-half fast and furious days.

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Thirty, Flirty & Fun!

Thirty, Flirty & Fun!

by Betsy Senescu April 04, 2023

There was a time people used to say, ‘Don’t trust anyone over 30!’ Well you can trust this: the Melges 24 turns 30 in 2023 and is here to stay! The ease and excitement of this thrilling sportboat has endured as a leading craft for high-performance yet fun one-design racing.

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TIME MARCHES ON

TIME MARCHES ON

by Betsy Senescu February 28, 2023

“Our March images were captured at the 2022 LVSB, which definitely delivered ‘fresh to frightening’ wind and massive seas!” adds Sharon. “I had been biting my nails, anticipating my favorite conditions would develop, and they did!”

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Worth the wait

Worth the wait

by Betsy Senescu February 05, 2023

The pandemic put a lot of things on hold and one of the most significant was the 2020 Olympic Games. ... Ultimately the sailboat races began a full year later in the Enoshima venue. Jesús  and Pedro’s exciting images of the Olympics are featured...

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On your mark ... get set ... 2023!

On your mark ... get set ... 2023!

by Sharon Green January 05, 2023

The legendary J-class yacht Velsheda plunges into a surly Mediterranean with might and determination at the top of our January 2023 pages. Much like our entrance to the New Year, this treasured classic battles ahead with hope and determination. It’s what we do!

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`Tis the Season

`Tis the Season

by Sharon Green December 02, 2022

Who can deny the joy of such colorful sails? The juxtaposition of hues, designs, shadows and shapes. The 1980s were an eye-popping era in yacht racing, it’s no wonder I was spurred to launch my career as a yachting photographer!

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Move-over Mo-vember!

Move-over Mo-vember!

by Sharon Green October 31, 2022

Hoist the broom up the rig for Samba Pa Ti, featured in the November pages of the 2022 Ultimate Sailing Calendar! ... one of only five boats to win a ‘clean sweep’ in 100-plus years of Transpac Races...

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ROCKTOBER

ROCKTOBER

by Sharon Green October 02, 2022

The Farr 40 is one of the most rockin’ yachts out there! And the photo featured in October in the 2022 Ultimate Sailing Calendar is a prime example...

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Tropical attitudes and latitudes

Tropical attitudes and latitudes

by Sharon Green August 31, 2022

Some of the most spectacular sailing venues are in the Tropics, like the Caribbean and Hawaii featured in the September pages of the 2022 Ultimate Sailing Calendar. 

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Symmetry and splash!

Symmetry and splash!

by Sharon Green August 11, 2022

One-design racing – as featured in the August 2022 pages of the Ultimate Sailing Calendar – provides a thrilling and unique indulgence for a photographer. 

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Who wears short shorts?

Who wears short shorts?

by Sharon Green July 26, 2022

July’s inset ‘Man in the Stars’ is among my most beloved. It was taken in 1989 but I remember it as if it were yesterday!

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Magical Melges and Mumms

Magical Melges and Mumms

by Sharon Green May 26, 2022

There truly is something magical about the Florida Keys: the azure of the water, the insistence of the breeze, the liveliness of the sailors, breaking free of winter hibernations in frosty latitudes. It has always been one of my favorite venues to photograph.

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12 Metre Mania!

12 Metre Mania!

by Sharon Green April 15, 2022

And they’re off! I’m not talking about just this robust herd of 12 Metres charging off the page of the 2022 Ultimate Sailing Calendar! Although the power and might of this commanding fleet is impressive.

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Green is my favorite color!

Green is my favorite color!

by Sharon Green March 13, 2022

I focus on images that prominently feature the color green in March. ... Both of these images were shot in Australasia around the turn of the 21st century and represent the latest and greatest of that era. 

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Funk & Punk: The Colorful '80s

Funk & Punk: The Colorful '80s

by Sharon Green February 14, 2022

Funk, punk, Spandex and big hair … the Eighties were a colorful era! These fun, lively images, featured on our February 2022 pages of the Ultimate Sailing Calendar, remind me what a remarkable decade this was: both on-the-water and off! 

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Color My World: Big, Bold & Beautiful!

Color My World: Big, Bold & Beautiful!

by Sharon Green January 14, 2022

January 2022 (wow!) opens with two colorful shots taken in the 1990s. Both of these images were scanned from slides, on a Canon SLR with real film – Fuji Velvia. 

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