YABE Yoichi


Japan Japan


Born in Tokyo, in 1957 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 maritime publisher Kazi Co., where he had started his career as staff photographer in 1984.. 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 for many years. Kojiro will compete Vendee Globe 2020. Yoichi started his own office called Office 11 in 1999, and at the same time, contracted with Kazi Co. as a chief photographer. In 2010, he was assigned to record the major refit of J Class Endeavour by the owner. One of his favorite yacht races is the Transpac. He has been onboard Japanese racing boats, Bengal II, Bengal 7 and Tachyon, and done 5 Transpac as a photographer. His love in beautiful curves and craftsmanship led him to the world of classic wooden boats. At home in Japan, he is now recording the full restoration of 1927 Camper & Nicholson yacht CYNARA for the owner. He not only pursue photography but also does writing and translation (English to Japanese), and has published many reportage in various magazines.