'Join Me' Round the Island

Saturday 21st June 2014
'Join Me' for a Day on the Solent capturing the action in the annual Round the Island yacht race.

This ‘Join Me’ Workshop, follows on from the success of the ‘On the Water’ workshops run in previous years.


I will again be chartering a 40 ft motor launch with skipper, for a day photographing the yacht racing on the Solent during this fantastic event - getting close to the action.

The boat is fully licensed to carry 12 persons (plus crew) up to 60 miles offshore, but I shall be limiting numbers to just 7 including myself to give us plenty of room on deck and we won’t be going any where near 60 miles offshore! She has full facilities including a large saloon and electric flush loo! The precise details will be finalised when the racing schedule is known, but the day will start from Lymington very early. By that I mean probably 6:00am at the latest, I’ll know more once the schedule has been released. We’ll then motor out towards The Needles catching the fleet on this leg, before motoring to the other end of the Solent for their return, before returning during the afternoon.

I will be able to advise where, what and how to photograph in these conditions as well as providing general advice as required, but note that this is a 'Join Me' so I will be taking my own images as well. You can read more about 'Join Me' workshops here

Okay, some things about the Solent and the racing. First of all, the Solent has a certain ‘choppiness’, which although not usually great, does create a motion that some find unpleasant. The racing boats and general traffic in the Solent create a wake which means that our boat, is moving and rocking all day. This makes it sometimes difficult to secure footing and all the fresh air together with keeping upright will make you tired at the end of the day. This is Britain, and although early summer, it may(sic) rain! It may also be windy. There may be no wind and the racing slow. Irrespective of all this negativity, we shall, (except under force majeure), still be going.

Having said all that, those that went on the previous year’s event this year raved about it. You can read some of the Guest Comments from Workshops here You can also have a look at the ’Images from Workshops’ page here to see some of the images taken by guests.

Upon booking, you will be advised on what equipment and clothing you will need, which most photographers will possess already, with the possible exception of a waterproof camera and lens cover. There will also be advice on sea sickness prevention as well. This year there was no ‘mal de mer’ though! On the day, a full safety briefing will be carried out by the skipper prior to departure and then I will advise on suggested camera settings; what to look for; what to look out for etc to enable you to gain the most from the day.

The cost will be £235 per person which includes tea and coffee together with the snack box of bananas, chocolate bars, snack bars and of course, Julia’s flapjack. For lunch, we’ll anchor up in a convenient place, so you’ll need to bring a packed lunch with you. Numbers are limited, so if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, then email me here requesting a booking form.