sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Festival of Sails - U.S. yachting photographer says it’s one of a kind

Festival of Sails - U.S. yachting photographer says it’s one of a kind

'IRC start 4 bows - Festival of Sails 2012'    Mary Longpre - Longpre Photos ©    Click Here to view large photo

Mary Longpre is an American West Coast yachting photographer from Newport Beach, California. For the past six years Mary has spent much of January ‘down under’, with Geelong’s Festival of Sails the key reason for her trip.

Mary, a 1960’s Surfer Girl, was photographing for a major surfing magazine when she began sailing in 1978. In 1983 she built a 30 foot down wind flier named Valentine, after her February 14th birthday, which she campaigns with an all women crew.

Mary’s first visit to Australia was for the 1987 America’s Cup and in 2001 she covered the America’s Cup Jubilee in Cowes.
Governors Cup 2008. Photo: Mary Longpre -    



Mary has been photographing the Geelong event since 2007 and has again made the annual trip in 2012, accompanied by her husband Bob.

Sydney 38s - 2 spins sterns - Festival of Sails 2012 -  Mary Longpre - Longpre?nid=93543 Photos ©   Click Here to view large photo
‘I am heavily involved with Southern California’s Newport Ensenada (Mexico) 126 nautical mile race. I run the media centre for that event, which is about 430 boats every year, a similar big number to this one. It’s just one race and it can go on for 48 hours. ‘

‘The race is at the end of April, our spring and usually quite fair. Sometimes we will have the weather out of the south, which means the boats are beating all the way, but that’s the unusual. Normally it is a reach.’

ROY at helm of his’PYEWACKET’ during HOAG REGATTA 5-2007 - ROY DISNEY at Newport to Ensenada Race event. -  Mary Longpre - Longpre?nid=93543 Photos ©   Click Here to view large photo


‘There is quite a contrast between the two events. While The Festival of Sails has a passage race it is mostly round the marks courses, while we sail to a weather mark and off to Mexico. Newport Ensenada is logistically quite a complicated race because of all the customs and border crossings and situations.’

‘Coming to Australia each year has now become a tradition for us. Each year it gives us a bit of a holiday and a bit of work time for me, and of course its wonderful fun and great people down here.’

‘Every year we go somewhere else. We have actually been around Australia more than most Australians and we meet up with people who say ‘we haven’t been there’. We love it and we were coming to Australia quite a bit even before I started with this event.’

Festival Of Sails 2012, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Geelong (AUS), 29/01/2012. International Photographer and Journalist Mary Longpre -  Teri Dodds- Festival?nid=93543 of Sails ©  

‘Last year we went over to Perth on the train, it was fun. We crossed the Nullarbor Plain and then travelled down to Margaret River for three days. The year before that we did the Ghan (train) from Darwin down to Adelaide and then went to Kangaroo Island. We have done the Murray River, we did a cruise and we have been up to the Great Barrier Reef, but not at this time of the year because the weather is not so settled.’

‘We came to New Zealand first on this trip, and spent a week on the North Island up at the Bay of Islands, where they are having their big regatta this week.’

‘While we love our own event, the Festival of Sails is really amazing, lots of different classes and so many family activities It’s unique, with such giant crowd numbers, 100,000 visitors. There is a lot that event organisers world-wide can learn from the Festival of Sails.’

Planes - 2 marker - boat - Festival of Sails 2012 -  Mary Longpre - Longpre?nid=93543 Photos ©   Click Here to view large photo

Optimus Prime - spins - Festival of Sails 2012 -  Mary Longpre - Longpre?nid=93543 Photos ©   Click Here to view large photo

Georgia start 1-28-12 - Festival of Sails 2012 -  Mary Longpre - Longpre?nid=93543 Photos ©   Click Here to view large photo

Calm and Shogun V Sat - Festival of Sails 2012 -  Mary Longpre - Longpre?nid=93543 Photos ©   Click Here to view large photo

Sydney 38s-wx mark - Festival of Sails 2012 -  Mary Longpre - Longpre?nid=93543 Photos ©   Click Here to view large photo

Clockwork spins stern - Festival of Sails 2012 -  Mary Longpre - Longpre?nid=93543 Photos ©   Click Here to view large photo

Shogun V - heeled-1 - Festival of Sails 2012 -  Mary Longpre - Longpre?nid=93543 Photos ©   Click Here to view large photo

Festival of Sails website






  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=93543

11:08 PM Sun 29 Jan 2012 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2012 Festival of Sails

Related News Stories:

06 Feb 2012  Festival of Sails 2012 images by Guido Brandt
02 Feb 2012  Festival of Sails images by Beth Morley
02 Feb 2012  Festival of Sails Williamstown to Geelong Passage Race images
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails - Biddy Hu 11 skipper wins memory story competition
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails 2012 - Festival Finale + results
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails 2012 - Bourke wins SB3 Victorian Championship
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails - Georgia hits ball out of park - latest results
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails - Variety families try sailing
29 Jan 2012  Melges 24 Australian Championships day 3 - Melges mix it up
29 Jan 2012  Festival of Sails 2012 - Families meld in Melges
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part III) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,






Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT