• Nyfiken på… Thierry Martinez, seglingsfotograf


    Bladerider, view from under water.

    Thierry Martinez inledde sin karriär med La Poste och jobbade sedan med Team EF och Assa Abloy. Han är nu officiell fotograf för Alinghi i Americas Cup.

    How did you start with sailing photography?
    I was working as photographer “inside” La Poste ( French Post ) when they build a boat for Whitbread round the world race in 1987. I did most part of 1989/1990 race ( following the race and doing photos mainly at start), and since that time have quit French Post to be free lance.


    Alinghi, winner of LV Act 13


    North shore of Maui Island. Surfer in action at “JAWS”.

    Which picture are you most satisfied with?
    Normally the last report I did. ;+)

    Best regatta to shoot?
    Many, Archipelago Raid, America’s Cup fleet races, Moth World, Volvo Ocean Race, etc…

    Worst regatta to shoot?
    Any one finishing under the rain by night.

    Who inspires you (other photographers)?
    Erwan Quemere (FRA), Christian Fevrier (FRA), Carlo Borlenghi (ITA) and Gilles Martin-Raget (FRA).


    2006 Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight. More than 1600 sailing boats. Part of the fleet under spinnaker at “The Needles” in light wind.

    What gear do you usually use/favor (camera/lenses)?
    Canon, only Canon !! I have 2 EOS 1DS Mark II, 1 EOS 1DS , and 1 EOS 1D mark II 14mm, 16/36mn, 28/70mm, 70/200mm, 300mm, 600mn, and an extender 1.4 (all CANON) and a SEACAM housing system for the EOS 1DS Mark II, for under water and wet photo.

    Computers: Apple 3 G5 desktop in office and a Laptop Macbook pro 17″.

    Software: Photomechanic, Photoshop CS2 and a photo server online CUMULUS.


    Super Maxi “Mari-Cha IV”, 2004 Antigua Sailing Week.

    Any advise for those who want to become a better sailing photograph?
    Do a lot of images…. Take care of shutter speed (minimum 1/1000 with long lenses) 100 ISO, and shoot RAW! Don’t be you 1st fan, be realistic.

    How do you see sailing photography develop in the future?
    Good question, as we are in Digital system now, it’s hard for us to predict future. I don’t know how young (or beginner) will make enough money to cover all cost to produce images and make a leaving when there more and more ©-free images in circulation…. ????

    We are all part of the process, and don’t know what will happen.


    29 October 2006. Single-handed transatlantic sailing race: St Malo (FRA) / Ponte a Pitre (Guadeloupe/ French West Indies) 3543 NM. Start from St Malo on 29th Oct. Open 60 multihull “GROUPAMA” surrounded by spectators boats.


    10 November 2006. Single-handed transatlantic sailing race: St Malo (FRA) / Pointe a Pitre (Guadeloupe/French West Indies) 3543 NM. Roland Jourdain(FRA) skipper of open 60 Monohull “SILL & VEOLIA” Winner in monohull class of 8th Route du Rhum.


    2006 was a busy year!

    Update 070630: some core comments on equipment from Thierrys forum:

    I have 2 CANON EOS 1DS Mark II, 1 CANON EOS 1D Mark II, and 1 CANON EOS 1DS. since nearly 3 years, I am shooting only in Raw.I don’t think it’s serious not to shoot in raw for a professional photographer. With a Raw file you can do so much on the image without distroying the file, on your computer.

    For lenses, I got (all in Canon) 14/2.8, zoom 16/35 2.8, zoom 28/70 2.8, zoom 70/200 2.8, 300/2.8 and 600/4. I have also an extender 1.4 which good on 70/200 (America’s Cup racing from helicopter), 300 and 600.

    For on board photos I alwyas use flash Canon 580EZ.

    In EOS 1DS Mark II, you can use Compact Flash card. I have 7 Lexar 4 Gb. many time I fill up all cards, specialy during an helicopter photoshoot.

    Sander was also asking me if changing lenses was a big issue. It will be great to have enough camera to have one per lenses. it’s just a dream. So we have to change lenses often. in helicopter I try not to change the body mounted with 600, as it’s heavy , and not always easy to manipulated in an helicopter. the second body is teh one I use for 300mn and under.

    I always set up camera on Tv (priority speed) and with lenses over 200, I shoot at 1250 or 1600 sometime with 600 or longer (with extender). Iso : 100. In heli I under expose 2/3 (-0,6) , rest of the time cameras are set up under exposed 1/3 (-0,3). From the air, sea look very dark, and you have a risk to lose details in white (waves, decks, sails, etc…)

    One thing is very important for us, as all photographer using digital SLR, is to have a sensor without dust. So we have to take care, but we need to clean camera, every 2 shooting days, and sometime every day. For that I use a kit from Visible dust.

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  • Business Match Cup 2007

    Vad sägs om att raca lite på arbetstid?

    Björn Hansen och Stockholm Match Race Center arrar. Man tar 5-6 medarbetare och kör ett antal korta fleetrace i J/92:or. Detta sker under 9 olika dagar i augusti och september vid restaurant J, Gåshaga.

    Det kostar 15.000:- för den inledande omgången. Då ingår middag på J för hela gänget plus att en del av anmälningsavgiften går till Svenska Seglarförbundets Ungdomssatsning.

    Mer info hos Stockholm Match Race Center, på telefon 08-717 03 27 eller på mail: info@matchracing.nu

    Vi på Inserve Technology är anmälda… vem mer ställer upp?

    Alla foton kommer förstås från Johan på skota.se.

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  • Kinesare 2


    DK46 “Shockwave” under Warsash Spring Series. Foto: Eddie Mays

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  • Kinesare 1


    Swan 45 “Vixen” tappar kontrollen. Tipstack till sNIPEOUT och peponboy.

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  • Segling med asymmetrisk spinnaker


    J/109:or kör undanvind på Skandia Cowes Week 2006. Foto: onEdition.

    Nytt och kul på J/109 är ju asymmetrisk spinnaker. Ingen ombord har seglat särskilt mycket med sådana så här finns det mycket att lära. Vi skall väl försöka få med folk ombord som har koll och segla på andra båtar. Nedan en del obligatorisk läsning för besättningen på Blur.

    Under 2007 kör vi med en allround-gennaker (Quantum Renegade r3) så får vi klura på vad man behöver komplettera med till nästa säsong. Det finns säkert folk som läser blur.se som har synpunkter på vad man behöver :-)

    Jag kollade in North U som har en sjysst serie om “Trim Downwind”. Det tydliga budskapet när det gällde trim var “Ease, ease, ease”. Vanligaste felet är att man kör för hårt i både halshorn och skot.

    Sailing World har en bra artikel om “The Commandments of Asym Trim”:

    1. Thou shall rotate your asymmetric to weather.
    2. Thou shall keep the tack line in mind.
    3. Thou shall never sail a straight line.
    4. Thou shall use your twings only if you must.
    5. Thou shall always have and talk about pressure.

    Här är några andra bra artiklar:

    Harken/North Sails Melges 24 Instructional Video:

    Segelmakarna har olika kodsystem för att hålla koll på alla varianter…

    Quantums Renegade Asymmetrical spinnakers

    Reaching sails are r0, r1, r3, r5 and r7. Running sails are designated as r2, r4 and r6. Materials range from Cuben Fibre and other custom composites to more traditional nylon and polyester spinnaker fabrics depending upon application

    r 0
    This is the sail now generally referred to as the Code Zero.

    • 70% of maximum area, and 40% larger than a Genoa.
    • Excellent light air performance. The choice for light to moderate air close reaching.
    • Great distance racing sail
    • TWA of 70-130, AWA of 30-120 depending on girth and velocity.
    • Critical for the newest swept-back-spreader rigs with non-overlapping jibs.
    • Can be used on a furler
    • Foot length typically 168% of SPL
    • Mid girth 75% of foot or smaller if rule allows
    • Leech length 90% of Luff
    • Genoa-like shape

    r 1
    The r1 is designed as a VMG (velocity made good) sail for tacking downwind. It is typically slightly smaller and flatter in the head sections to optimise light air performance with pole at or near the headstay

    • 100% of maximum area.
    • TWA 100-150 degrees, AWA of 70-120
    • Foot Length 180% of SPL
    • Mid girth typically 90-95% of foot
    • Leech length 87-90% of Luff
    • Flatter specialized shape for light air tacking angles

    r 2
    The r2 is designed as a light to moderate air sail. It is typically used as soon as the spinnaker pole squared is back from the headstay. 10-22 knots is a normal true wind range.

    • 100% of maximum area.
    • TWA 130-160 degrees, AWA of 90-145
    • Foot Length 180% of SPL
    • Mid girth typically 100%of foot or larger is class rules allow
    • Leech length 87-90% of Luff
    • Full, powerful sections for running, modified slightly to allow for pole on the headstay angles in transition conditions.

    r 3
    A full sized reaching asymmetrical, it is the best choice when adding an asymmetrical to an existing inventory, since it is as close to an all-purpose sail as possible. It is designed for the middle range of reaching angles in moderate breeze, but as a fullsized sail, it is capable of working effectively at broader angles.

    • 100% of maximum area.
    • TWA 100-150 degrees, AWA of 80-140
    • Foot Length 180% of J
    • Mid girth 100% of foot or bigger if rule allows
    • Leech length 87% of Luff
    • All Purpose Shape

    r 4
    A full sized, maximum power running asymmetrical, for use with the pole well-squared. Optimised shaping and structure for moderate to heavy air running, typically used in 18-30+ knots of true wind.

    • 100% of maximum area.
    • TWA 150-180 degrees, AWA of 120-165
    • Foot Length 180% of SPL
    • Mid girth typically 100% of foot or larger is class rules allow
    • Leech length 87-90% of Luff
    • Full, powerful sections for running.
    • Additional reinforcing and plying for high loads

    r 5
    Designed for moderate air close reaching and heavy air reaching at broader angles when maximum area is too much. r 5 shapes also work reasonably well in light air at very close angles when a r 0 is not available. Design emphasizes flat, well-twisted shapes with straight exits to reduce heel angle and maximize performance, with balanced, forgiving entry for trimming ease.

    • 90% of maximum area.
    • TWA 90-160 degrees, AWA 80-150
    • Foot length 180% of J
    • Mid girth 85%-95% of Foot depending on aspect ratio
    • Leech length 88% of Luff
    • Reacher shape

    r 6
    A slightly reduced, maximum power running asymmetrical, for use with the pole well-squared. Optimised shaping and structureb for heavy air running, typically used in 25+ knots of true wind.

    • 100% of maximum area.
    • TWA 150-180 degrees, AWA of 120-165
    • Foot Length 180% of SPL
    • Mid girth typically 90-95% of foot
    • Leech length 87-90% of Luff
    • Full, powerful sections for running.
    • Additional reinforcing, plying, and generally bomb-proof construction for maximum loading

    r 7
    A reduced size asymmetrical designed for extreme reaching conditions. Also used when it’s too scary to put any other spinnaker.

    • A sail for the serious offshore inventory.
    • TWA 90-160 degrees, AWA of 60-145
    • Foot Length 160-180% of SPL
    • Mid girth typically 78-85% of foot
    • Leech length 87-90% of Luff
    • Extremely flat, specialized reaching mould.
    • Additional reinforcing, plying, and generally bomb-proof construction for maximum loading

    North har ett liknande kodsystem:

    CODE 1A:
    Light Reach/
    VMG Run
    70-120 AWA

    CODE 2A:
    Light Runner
    110-150 AWA

    CODE 3A:
    Medium Reacher
    70-120 AWA

    CODE 4A:
    Medium Runner
    110-150 AWA

    CODE 5A:
    Heavy Reacher
    95-130 AWA

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  • De mest korkade sakerna…

    man kan göra med en segelbåt.

    Högt på listan hamnar att segla runt jorden åt fel håll. Eller att segla J/80 över atlanten (tipstack till skota.se). Fler förslag?

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  • Sweet… JJ Flash


    En av de mest aktiva J/109-seglarna i våra vatten är Geir Inge Juriks på “JJ Flash”. I år skall han bland annat segla Hovdan-Skagen Race, Færdern, Watski TwoStar, Simrad OneStar, Hollenderseilasen, Ulabrandseilasen och kanske någon mer.

    Vi får ju fajtas på både Færdern och TwoStar men nu är det också klart att jag skall segla med ombord under Hovdan-Skagen Race som startar 17:e maj (tydligen är inte alla helt nöjda med att man starten denna dag).

    Hittills 52 anmälda båtar men man hoppas på en hög till.

    Det blir ett bra tillfälle att segla J/109 och få lite koll på läget, speciellt då man kör Quantum genomgående.


    Watski Skagerrak TwoStar 2006


    SimradOneStar 2006


    Ferderseilasen 2006


    Ferderseilasen 2006

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