MARTIN-RAGET Gilles

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Athlete / Boat :

J Class Rainbow

Event :

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

Location :

Saint-Tropez (FRA)

About the shot :

J Class yachts can fly without foils "Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez" are without any doubt the most beautiful sailing regatta in the world as they combines spectacular big modern racing yachts like the Wally, maxis, J Class and the most beautiful classics sailing in the Med. On top of the 300 boats which are actually competing, many prestigious yachts gather to follow the racing, be part of the event, and enjoy the unique ambiance on shore. During "Les Voiles", Thursday is traditionally "challenge day" which means everybody sail on the initiatic course set between Saint-Tropez and Pampelonne beach, eventually mooring there to enjoy a meal in a beach restaurant. During "Les Voiles 2019" J Class Rainbow was exactly doing that under full main and two foresails. Photowise, the backlighted silhouette of a yacht seen from above (in this case an helicopter) always works well, expecially with big boats, so when it is a J Class, you can't miss it. When rotating the image 90° counter clockwise, some yatchs then become magic vessels flying in a spectacular shining universe.

Camera :

Canon EOS 1DX Mk II, EOS 70-200 mm f/2,8L IS II USM, 100, 5 , 250