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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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Flight of the Giants

Flight of the Giants

by Sharon Green December 29, 2021

“This was the first race in 35 years where I saw boats starting with only a mainsail up!” Thierry exclaimed. Triple reefed in the 40-knot breeze and big seas, the fleet was taking off on the Brest Atlantique Race, called the Flight of the Giants.

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Fascinating: Luis Fernandez and RC44s

Fascinating: Luis Fernandez and RC44s

by Sharon Green November 04, 2021

Charge!! The dynamic image that greets us in November in the 2021 Ultimate Sailing Calendar is by the fascinating Luis Fernández, at one of the last RC44 events to have materialized before the world shut down last year.

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Transpac: Thrilling and Lively

Transpac: Thrilling and Lively

by Sharon Green October 18, 2021

It’s Fall: what a cheery, crisp and colorful time of year! And the October images in the 2021 Ultimate Sailing Calendar bring me back to one of my favorite sailing events to photograph: the Transpacific Yacht Race. 

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Bridges, Boats, Breeze and Bay

Bridges, Boats, Breeze and Bay

by Sharon Green September 13, 2021

Girdled by a stunning skyline, the rolling hills of Marin, and distinctive Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay is an amphitheater of beauty and one of the most spectacular sailing venues in the world. But competitors in the Rolex Big Boat Series don’t have time to sightsee.

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Spinnakers, colorful spinnakers!

Spinnakers, colorful spinnakers!

by Sharon Green June 16, 2021

It’s hard to ignore the cheerful, vibrant, billowing spinnakers on the June pages of the 2021 Ultimate Sailing Calendar! So few fleets fly colorful spinnakers anymore, it is a treat when I get to photograph an event like the Viper640 Worlds, featured here. 

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Star Quality

Star Quality

by Sharon Green May 09, 2021

May’s image in the 2021 Ultimate Sailing Calendar brings me back many years. Although this exciting moment was captured during the most recent Star World Championships at Porto Cervo, Italy; when I look at Paul Cayard (at the helm) I still see the energetic young athlete I first met nearly four decades ago!

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A feast for all senses!

A feast for all senses!

by Sharon Green April 06, 2021

April’s dynamic image, as you can see, is also the cover photo for the 2021 Ultimate Sailing Calendar. Choosing the cover is one of my biggest decisions and challenges each year when production time rolls around. 

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Chasing Rainbows

Chasing Rainbows

by Sharon Green March 08, 2021

‘Talk about chasing rainbows! My ongoing, eternal quest is to capture the ‘Ultimate Sailing’ image: the perfect composition, light, action and angles. It’s just like chasing rainbows: a seemingly elusive and implausible task, searching for that pot of gold at the end ... But sometimes – like this magical shot – it does.

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Sailing Energy’s Dynamic Duo

Sailing Energy’s Dynamic Duo

by Sharon Green February 17, 2021

 It was in Enoshima, Japan that Jesús and Pedro captured the images that leap off the February 2021 pages of the Ultimate Sailing Calendar. Their imagery of Nacra 17 racers, the intensity and exhilaration, exemplifies what I look for when curating and producing the Ultimate Sailing Calendar.

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Lessons in Hindsight

Lessons in Hindsight

by Sharon Green January 18, 2021

If ever you could say “hindsight is 2020,” last year was the case. Looking back on 2020, it was a time of much trauma and loss, highs and lows. Our thoughts are with those who have suffered during this trying time, and our hats are off to those who have served our communities. Thank you.

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A Dream Come True - Marina Semenova

A Dream Come True - Marina Semenova

by Sharon Green December 07, 2020

Happy Holidays! We wrap up 2020 with one of my favorite spreads of this year’s Ultimate Sailing Calendar: Marina Semenova’s stunning interpretation of Melges 32s racing in Porto Ercole and Cagliari, Italy.

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Reflections - Carlo Borlenghi

Reflections - Carlo Borlenghi

by Sharon Green November 01, 2020

Our November 2020 Ultimate Sailing Calendar shot is the perfect image to bring in the holiday season. The sailors are bundled against the chill in a frothy sea, but warmed by the golden glow of the sun, which reflects against Nyala’s hull.

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Waiting for the Light

Waiting for the Light

by Sharon Green October 07, 2020

October’s image in the 2020 Ultimate Sailing Calendar! This photo always makes me smile: the colorful 49erFXs clustered unfathomably tight as they round the mark, the sailors like lissome sprites darting across the hulls with complete confidence and poise.

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Déjà vu!

Déjà vu!

by Sharon Green September 14, 2020

I just couldn’t resist! The September images in the 2020 Ultimate Sailing Calendar are a ‘take two’ from the thrilling Rolex TP52 Worlds in Cascais, Portugal. Conditions were spectacular – fresh to frightening – and I couldn’t decide between these and our February 2020 shots. And why should I?

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Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

by Sharon Green August 09, 2020

The days and months have been a blur and here it is August already! But at Ultimate Sailing we are chugging along: looking toward the future, having just sent our exciting 2021 Ultimate Sailing Calendar to press; and reflecting on good times past.

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Opti-mania with Matias Capizzano

Opti-mania with Matias Capizzano

by Sharon Green July 05, 2020

A kid at heart, Matias Capizzano is an expert at capturing the action and enthusiasm of young sailors around the globe. As the official photographer of the Optimist World Championships, he has been contributing his incomparable images to the Ultimate Sailing Calendar for several years.

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Fast Forward on Frisco Bay

Fast Forward on Frisco Bay

by Sharon Green June 01, 2020

We’re coming at you from San Francisco Bay this month, through the lens of Peter Lyons. What a thrill to focus on another of my talented colleagues and his exciting images featured on the June pages of the 2020 Ultimate Sailing Calendar.

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Spotlight: Gilles Martin-Raget

Spotlight: Gilles Martin-Raget

by Sharon Green May 10, 2020

Head-on, powerful, commanding: Gilles Martin-Raget’s image in the 2020 Ultimate Sailing Calendar charges full-steam-ahead into the month of May! I’m delighted that this dynamic shot of the Maxi 72 Sorcha at Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille gives me an opportunity to spotlight my esteemed colleague Gilles.

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Focusing on the bright side

Focusing on the bright side

by Sharon Green April 09, 2020

What a perfect image for April’s Ultimate Sailing Calendar page! These challenging times demand something colorful and cheery, like these photos taken during the Hempel World Cup Series in 2019.

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