Athlete / Boat :

Hamilton Island Wild Oats

Event :

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Location :

Tasman Sea

About the shot :

Searching the ocean in a helicopter under a thick blanket of sea fog, it took three attempts to locate the yacht 40 nautical miles off the coast of Tasmania. On the last attempt, we spotted a shape on the horizon: the yacht we were looking for. As we got closer, the sun broke through the fog, silhouetting supermaxi Hamilton Island Wild Oats (Wild Oats XI), producing this magical moment. This was one of the first frames I captured as we closed in on the yacht during the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The crew had a tough race and seemed happy about our appearance out of the fog, going into the sunset.

Camera :

Canon EOS R3, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, 100, f/3.5 , 1/1,000