Category Archives: Sailing

Volvo Ocean Race – Auckland stopover

March 2010 was a busy month this year with a trip to New Zealand to photograph the Volvo Ocean Race in-port race and leg start. The concept of the Media person onboard has really grabbed my attention. Its becoming one of my goals to be a media person onboard a yacht/catamaran or trimaran in an offshore race. The Sydney to hobart race in 2011 I was bowman onboard Menace  and did photos and videos and published to the web as we sailed. This gave me a taste of life as a media person. It wasn’t as extreme as the volvo boys have but its certainly got me in.

The week in Auckland was amazing getting to see the speed of these boats, I was on a media boat and our skipper mike did a fantastic job and managed to follow the boats a good way offshore. Overall I was happy with the photo opportunities and the results are below.

We made it!! Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

The Bucket List just got an item ticked, we came 59th on Line Honours. The goal for me was to finish so i’m extremely happy. Even thinking of doing again. The iphone came thru with the goods, enclosed in the lifeproof case.

Edited video of the trip south is coming soon. Below is what was captured, edited and sent from the iphone 1 hour into the race (it took us 4 1/2 days to reach Hobart).  The iPhone proved itself to be a solid capture device, more than capable of editing photos and video, transmit device thru the wordpress app and using Google earth a good way to track the other yachts.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race with an iPhone

Starting Dec 26, I will be sailing in the 67th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The plan to is capture, edit and upload images and videos from an iPhone 4S in a Lifeproof iPhone Case. The images and video will appear on the Menace Website. At some stages we will be out of normal mobile phone range of the iPhone, so we have a bigger aerial connected to the boat, a modem to create a wi-fi access point to enable us to transit for longer. Heading across Bass Straight we will have no coverage but once we get near the Tasmanian coast I should be able to send more images.  Using only the iPhone will create a few challenges but its all part of the fun.


Disclaimer 1 – I will also be using a GoPro camera but these images will be used later.

Disclaimer 2 – This is a personal challenge, I have received no money from Rolex, Apple, Lifeproof or Gopro  (If they want to pay, please contact me), 🙂

Media Accreditation – Volvo Ocean Race

I just got word that I have received Media Accreditation for the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race, Auckland Stopover. The yachts will be arriving early march 2012, will have a few days to recover before completing an In-port race before leaving to race across the Southern Ocean around Cape Horn to Itajai

I will be taking photos for the local Yacht club who has a member racing in the event, and also hopefully supplying images to various websites and print magazines.