Thursday, December 12, 2013

Abner Kingman Wins 2013 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Of The Year

American Abner Kingman's photograph of Emirates Team New Zealand taken during Race 8 of the 34th America's Cup when the Kiwi boat hung at a 48 degree angle for five seconds, has been declared the winner of the 2013 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of the year.
Photo: ACEA/Abner Kingman
Kingman nudged out some pretty stiff competition including Sydney-based Andrea Francolini's action packed image of Wild Oats XI after the super maxi went around the mark at Sydney Heads during the start of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Photo: Andrea Francolini
Sander van der Borch (NDL) was declared the runner up with his awesome image of British Finn sailor, Mark Andrews powering upwind during an early morning race at the Delta Lloyd Regatta.
Photo: Sander van der Borch
Third place went to Christophe Favreau for his wicked image taken took during a crazy downwind run during the Bridge to Bridge race, between the Golden Gate and Oakland Bay Bridges in San Francisco Bay. The 18 foot skiff fleet were included as a demonstration class during the America’s Cup to entertain the before the main event got underway.
Photo: Christophe Favreau
The Spanish father and son team of Nico and Pedro Martinez took the final two places in the top five. Nico Martinez was fourth with his image of Spanish RS:X sailor Ivan Pastor competing in the 44 Trofeo Princesa Sofia on the Bay of Palma, Mallorca.
This is what Pedro had to say about his photo of Roman Konstantinov/ GAZPROM 2 (RUS7), below:

"My father and I have been producing the RC44 Championship Tour 2013 book and we couldn’t come with a cover image that expressed exactly what we wanted. I was covering the event in Cascais, with only one more event left after that one, and I was certain I would get the image we wanted. The weather was perfect during the week, with great wind conditions and big waves. Finally, I was able to inmortalise in one instant all the great moments experienced during that week, and also the soul of the RC44 class."
Photo: Pedro Martinez
Rick Tomlinson's photograph of the new all girl Volvo 65 team, Team SCA, getting airborne across the English Channel was awarded the public vote from the delegates attending the Yacht Racing Forum in Gothenburg, Sweden.To view all entries please visit >>>
Photo: rick Tomlinson
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