America's Cup Portsmouth 2015 - testing the weatherproofing...

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  1. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    My wife and I were very fortunate to be invited to a "corporate" down in Portsmouth for the America's Cup World Series 2015. (This isn't the "main event" but one of the qualifiers). We were down for the Saturday night (I had a dinner to go to in the Mary Rose) and then for the racing on the Saturday - which didn't happen due to atrocious weather conditions. I had armed myself with my X-T1 and the 55-200, 18-135 and new 90mm lenses as well as my trusty Ricoh GR. We went down on the Saturday afternoon and were able to see the yachts both coming into harbour and at anchor that evening - just as well, since there was no racing at all on the Sunday for safety reasons. We did get to tour the boatyard and meet the USA Oracle BMW boat crew and go to the awards ceremony (based upon the Saturday results) with prizes given by the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge. Again, the 90 came in handy - the lighting in the auditorium was alternately dim and blinding as all the press flashguns went off. My X-T1 got a soaking more than once, particularly on the Sunday morning when the rain was Biblical - and horizontal... I need not have worried; the weatherproofing proved itself big time. I am liking that 90 more and more, too. It got most use alongside the 18-135, with the 55-200 not getting a look in. It delivers the goods - what more could one ask? Anyway, here's some more shots from the event - enjoy!

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    America's Cup Portsmouth 2015 Saturday Oracle 1
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    America's Cup Portsmouth 2015 Saturday Artemis 2
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    America's Cup Portsmouth 2015 Saturday GR At Anchor 5
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    At anchor - the calm before the storm (GR)

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    America's Cup Portsmouth 2015 Sunday meet the team 1
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    Team USA bods with the 18-135

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    America's Cup Portsmouth 2015 Sunday meet the team 2
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    ...and another with the 90

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    America's Cup Portsmouth 2015 Sunday Softbank 3
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    The rain was drenching by this point...

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    America's Cup Portsmouth 2015 Sunday Emirates 3 on the hook
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    This is how they get the boats in the water. "Fly Emirates" indeed... The crane is only rated to 25mph winds and the gusts were up to 40...

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    The Team USA skipper, with the 90. Note the wafer-thin DoF.

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    America's Cup Portsmouth 2015 Sunday Awards Ceremony William & Kate 6
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    Kate dishing out a medal

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    America's Cup Portsmouth 2015 Sunday Awards Ceremony William & Kate 11
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    ...and Sir Ben with the trophy. Think William had had a dodgy canapé earlier...

    And finally...
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    ...splat!
     
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  2. Never been into boat racing, but it seems like it could be a lot of fun.
     
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  3. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Bill,

    I really love the top shot and the B&W pic. Excellent series.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  4. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I've read books by ocean racers who claim that it is as much fun as "standing in a cold shower, tearing up $1,000 bills."

    Nevertheless, sailing is fun.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  5. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    It's definitely a rich man's game. There were some classic examples of "more money than sense" among the spectators. As my dear old Grand-dad used to say, "The sights you see when you don't have your shotgun..." ;)
     
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