Sailing Calendar Photographers

The J/Sailing Calendar could not exist without the extraordinary talents and artistry exhibited by this years' contributors of sailing photography.  From all over the world, this group of sailing photographers, many of whom are world renowned, award-winning photo-journalists, have experienced everything you could ever imagine to get "the perfect shot".

Many of these now grace the pages of this year's J/Sailing Calendar.  Shooting great sailboat photos takes extraordinary skill, timing and a bit of luck-- call it serendipity or perseverance, all of them can tell you that getting tossed around in small rubber inflatable boats (RIBS) or dangling out of helicopters on windy days can often be dangerous. But, when they get that perfect photograph, they know it.

It is through their work that we can enjoy the beauty of sailing as seen by their perspective on what makes a great sailing photo- the composition and interplay of light, contrast, waves, wind, clouds, sky, the landscape and seascape and how the sailboats themselves perform on the sea.  We consider ourselves fortunate to have such broad range of J's sailing off some of the world's most beautiful harbors and sea coasts, some of them have been beautifully captured by these remarkable photographers.  Please "meet" this year's J/Sailing Calendar photographers below and enjoy their work.

Bio ChapiChapi

Gonzalo Gomez Gomara, a.k.a. "Chapi", from Santander, Spain, started photography in 2006 after a severe knee injury prevented him playing professional sports. His sailing work started after a spectacular sunset sail on a little sailboat in Santander Bay. He recently published a book, "Santander- Luz del Norte" and is widely published in major sailing publications worldwide. See his work:

Bio Carlo BorlenghiCarlo Borlenghi

Carlo was born in Bellano (Lake Como) where he started his photography career following local sailing regattas. As a young person, he worked with “Uomo Mare Vogue” magazine, traveling the world to the most prestigious regattas.  Carlo is the official photographer for all the Rolex nautical events. Since 1983, he has been an official photographer for all America’s Cup events, starting with “Azzurra”, then “Italia” (Australia 1987); “Moro di Venezia” (San Diego 1992); “Luna Rossa” (New Zealand 2000 & 2003); America’s Cup Management (Spain 2007); “Alinghi” (Spain 2010); and “Luna Rossa” (San Francisco 2013).  Carlo publishes books and calendars related to the sea and sailboats for many prestigious publications.

Bio Andrea CarloniAndrea Carloni

Andrea was born in Monfalcone (Italy) in 1961. He inherited the passion for photography from his grandfather, while following him into mountains in Friuli.  Concurrently, he developed his passion for the sea from his father exploring the I strian coastline.  Joining these two great loves was a logical consequence; it’s been a profession ever since taking unique photos of the sea.  He’s been featured in the most prestigious Italian publications like Vela & Motore, Fare Vela, Solo Vela, & Yachting Capital. He’s been featured in the Italian Sailing Federation (ISV) and shot World/ European championships like IRC, J/24, J/70, TP52, Mumm 30, Optimist and Olympic Classes. And, vintage & classic yachts in Trieste, Cannes and Monaco are a specialty.

Bio DanielForsterDaniel Forster

Since 1974, Daniel has covered ten America’s Cups and ten Olympic Games. Daniel’s photos have been on covers of magazines worldwide, including TIME more than once. Maxi-sailors Bill Koch & Larry Ellison have commissioned him for books documenting their passion for sailing. Daniel is a Rolex Yachting events photographer and has been engaged by corporations to document their participation in various world events, including the Volvo Ocean Race.

Bio Helene OhsbeckHelene Ohsbeck

Helene Ohsbeck was born and raised in the beautiful archipelago of Karlskrona in southern Sweden, near the Baltic Sea. She has sailed since childhood and being on the ocean is second nature to her. She is freelancing for several boating magazines in Sweden. During the summer 2014, she was the official fleet photographer for the J/24 European Championships in Ängelholm, Sweden and Farr 30 World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. She likes to shoot in all weather, but preferably when it’s stormy & spectacular! She is a member of Swedish professional photographers Association.


Bio RickTomlinsonRick Tomlinson

Rick specializes in yacht racing and advertising photography. He made his name capturing the Southern Ocean at its most treacherous from the decks of various yachts in the Whitbread Round the World Race, starting in 1985 with photos from DRUM published in Yachting World and Seahorse. He finished his 4 Race Whitbread career with a commission from National Geographic.  Rick works from Cowes and is currently Official Photographer for Team SCA- the all female team in the next Volvo Ocean Race..

Bio Erik SimonsonErik Simonson

Erik Simonson runs H20, the one stop shop for marine oriented imagery specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been producing high-quality photos for personal, commercial and editorial uses for over three decades.  In recent years Erik has expanded his coverage of sailing, launching, providing and ever-growing portal for images, videos reports and an active sailing forum that spotlights the wonderful events and experiences that are happening in the sport of sailing.  He is available for corporate/ private charters, regattas, demo/ test sails and can also assist in marketing/ promotion.

Bio Christine ThompsonChristine Thompson

Christine was born in Brittany, France and grew up on La Reunion, a small island in the Indian Ocean. Her family moved to Martinique in the French West Indies while she was a teenager.  Later, she moved to the US Virgin Islands where she has spent the last 30 years. The Caribbean islands are a place of phenomenal light and natural beauty that keep her inspired daily.  A sailor at heart, she raced in the Caribbean for 26 years on various family owned boats, including a J/27. Following a neck injury which forced her to stop racing, she says “I picked up a camera and started to follow boats around the course in all conditions. I love the thrill of being on the water and trying to frame that perfect moment when all the elements come together.”

Bio Sander vanderBorchSander Van der Borch

Sander started his career as a sailor, winning amongst others the Admiral’s Cup with the Dutch team in 1999 and the 2006 TP52 MedCup with Mean Machine. Sander also competed in the J-22 Worlds three times- 2000 (3rd), 2003 (2nd) and 2005 (3rd). Although still occasionally racing, he started working full-time as a photographer in 2008. Sander is the Official Photographer for Artemis Racing since 2010 and is the official photographer for all major Dutch Sailing events; like the Delta-Lloyd Olympic Classes Regatta (former Spa regatta) and Round Texel Race.

Bio Bronny DanielsBronny Daniels

Bronny Daniels is a regular fixture on the West Coast racing circuit. Sailors frequenting events between San Diego and Santa Barbara will inevitably find themselves the subjects of her images. She has covered a wide range of races including the Transpac, the Ensenada Race, the America’s Cup “Louis Vuitton Cup” series, and the West Coast Farr 40 North Americans. Her images have been seen in Sail Magazine, Scuttlebutt Sailing News, and local newspapers, as well as advertisements for Ullman Sails and Harken.

Bio Tim WilkesTim Wilkes

Tim has been actively involved in yachting photography for 25+ years. That experience is backed up by his love of marine adventure and his passion to capture extraordinary moments on the water. Whether it's revealing and highlighting a yacht's state-of-the-art design or capturing that vivid once in a lifetime moment in action, Tim's work is top notch. He has been the official photographer for many high profile events including J/22 and J/24 World Championship regattas, as well as Farr 40 & Optimist Worlds and Chester Race Week. His photos have graced the cover of Sailing World and yachting magazines in over 15 countries.


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