Athlete / Boat :

Pace & 5 West, both TP52s

Event :

Round the Island Race

Location :

Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK

About the shot :

It was an early start for the 2013 Round the Island Race: 5am, to catch the tide for the fleet of 1,459 boats in 29 classes. This was the first start (Division 0), at exactly sunrise. It was chaotic with so many boats and slightly surreal – but also beautiful. It felt as if I was witnessing a genuine life event. I took some of my best pictures during that race - hardly any of which were ever published. Let's hope this one has better luck!

Camera :

Nikon D800, 80-200mm, 640, 3.2 , 1/4,000