YABE Yoichi


Japan Japan


Yoichi Yabe’s international debut as a photographer was in 1989 when he had a chance to photograph major yachting events in Europe like the Admiral’s Cup, Laser Worlds, Tjorn Runt, La Nioulargue, Whitbread Round The World Race, with strong backing from a Japanese publisher Kazi Co., where he had started his career as staff photographer.

Since then, he has covered numerous yachting pinnacles, the America’s Cup (since 1992), the Olympic Games (Barcelona, Atlanta), Whitbread/Volvo Race, Mini Transat, BOC/5 Oceans Solo Round the world, the Race, etc. He also has followed Japanese ocean sailor, Kojiro Shiraishi who has rounded the world solo three times.
Yoichi started his own office called Office 11 in 1999, and has contracted with Kazi Co. as a chief photographer.

The wind, the light, and the sea has always been the object of his photography.