New Website

The new website is online.

After many nights, many hours… selecting own photos which is very difficult as each photo connects with some memories.
It’s not the final version, I will add more in the future, but I love it.
Thank you to all who helped us to get this website up and running.
Enjoy it!

www.juergkaufmann.com

Wish you all a good start into the new week.

Jürg

Shamrok V Spinnaker Reflection

J Class sailing yacht Shamrock V sailing in the bay of Saint Tropez
After an intense day out on the racecourse during the 2012 Voles de Saint Tropez, we were heading towards the harbor.

The sea flattened and the wind dropped, we passed by to leeward of Shamrock V on of the few J Class yachts. I saw the reflection of the spinnaker on the flat water. We stopped our boat and at the moment I pressed the shutter on my camera I know this is one of kind photo.

Shamrock V was the first British yacht to be built to the new J-Class rule. She was commissioned by Sir Thomas Lipton for his fifth America’s Cup challenge.

Limited edition of 15, Print nr. 5 is printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta paper, which sets the standard for image definition and color depth. Each print is hand-signed and numbered by Jürg Kaufmann

For additional sizes and framing options, please visit the website http://www.jk.photography.

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Shamrock sailing in the bay of Saint Tropez

Velsheda

Timeless beauty of the seas

How long will it take until we can go back to the Mediterranean and enjoy our passion for these yachts?

In the meantime, let’s dream a bit.
We were in Saint Tropez in September 2019. The world was “normal,” nobody expected anything to happen after a beautiful day out on the sea on the way back in the Gulf of Saint Tropez.
The light is fantastic; everybody was relaxed, even the crews on the boats, a magic moment.

J Class Yacht Velsheda in Saint Tropez

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Who is Velshed and here story:
Designed by Charles Nicholson and built by Camper & Nicholson in 1933 for Mr W.L. Stephenson, Owner of Woolworth chain of shops, she was built in 1933 at Gosport. She was Nicholson’s second design for a J Class and Stephenson’s second big yacht. “Velsheda” was named after Stephenson’s three daughters, Velma, Sheila and Daphne. Stephenson never planned to compete for the America’s Cup but rather her raced with the greatest names in classic yachting including “Britannia”, “Endeavour” and “Shamrock” between 1933 and 1936.In her second season she won more than 40 races and achieved an outstanding record of success at Regattas from Southend to Dartmouth. Other venues included Torbay, Swanage and the Solent, all under the famous Captain Mountifield.In her day – around the late 1930’s, she represented the most advanced technical design for spars, rigging, sails, deck gear and ropes. Her masts were aluminum, made by bending plates and riveting them together. Sails were made from the new Terylene threads and deck gear now included winches for easier handling of sheets. The standing rigging in the 30s was solid rod.Below decks accommodation was limited to just the main saloon, owners quarters aft, and storage for sails and equipment forward.By 1937 she was laid up in a mud berth on the Hamble and became derelict. Many sailors remember visiting her – one recalls sailing in the annual Warming Pan race at Hamble River Sailing Club, and all the visiting crew being taken up the river to their overnight accommodation – Velsheda!This unique yacht was rescued in 1984 by Terry Brabant, who economically refitted her for charter work with a new steel mast and limited interior. Still without an engine she sailed regularly along the UK South Coast on charter and occasionally ventured to the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

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#metoo Well done Sofia

Wir alle kennen den #metoo-Hashtag, ich dachte bisher, er sei nur außerhalb meines Freundeskreises, mit der Corona-Pandemie geriet er sogar ein wenig in Vergessenheit.

Gerade in dieser Zeit outet sich die griechische Olympiasiegerin Sofia Bekatorou über ihr eigenes Schicksal und geht mit einer Erfahrung an die Öffentlichkeit, die sie seit über 20 Jahren mit sich herumträgt.
Es gehört viel Mut dazu, in der Sportwelt gegen einen mächtigen Verband und olympische Funktionäre zu kämpfen.

Ich arbeite seit über 10 Jahren eng mit Sofia zusammen, sie kämpft wie eine Löwin, wenn sie etwas erreichen will, bleibt dabei aber immer sehr freundlich und einfühlsam.
Bescheidenheit ist eine iherer wichtigsten Tugenden, welche sie sehr gut beschreibt, die erste griechische Fahnenträgerin. Das habe ich selbst in Rio bei den Olympischen Sommerspielen 2016 mit erleben.

Der Kampf gegen die mächtigen Funktionäre des griechischen Olympischen Komitees ist noch nicht zu Ende, das ist erst der Anfang, aber Dank dem Mut der Sofia diskutiert nun die griechische Regierung in den kommenden Tagen über die Aufhebung der Verjährung von Sexualstraftaten. Das wird den Weg für viele weitere Fälle öffnen.

BBC Artikel

CNN Artikel

NY Times Artikel

Viel Glück und Bravo Sofia

Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil Rio de Janeiro August 2016, Opening Ceremony Photo Juerg Kaufmann

English

We all know the #metoo hashtag, I used to think it only happened outside my circle of friends, with the Corona pandemic it even fell into oblivion a bit.

Just at this time, Greek Olympic champion Sofia Bekatorou is coming out of the closet about her own fate, going public with an experience she’s been carrying around for over 20 years.
It takes a lot of courage to fight in the sports world against a powerful federation and Olympic officials.

I have worked closely with Sofia for over 10 years, she fights like a lioness when she wants to achieve something, but always remains very friendly and caring.
Humility is one of the words that describe her very well, the first Greek flag bearer. I was able to experience this myself in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The fight against the powerful officials of the Greek Olympic Committee is not over, this is just the beginning, but thanks to the courage of Sofia, the Greek government is discussing in the coming days to lift the statute of limitations for sexual offenses. This will open the way for many more cases.

Well done courageous Sofia

China Qindao Sailing Olympic Games 2008, Medalrace Yngling Photo Juerg Kaufmann
China Qindao Sailing Olympic Games 2008, Price giving Yngling Photo Juerg Kaufmann

Beginne das neue Jahr mit Balance

Er hat es wieder getan
Skateboard-Bauer und Holzmeister Christoph hat nach monatelangem Testen und Tüfteln das neue Top Indiana Balance Board vorgestellt.

Ein einzigartiges Stück Holzkunst, mit dem er die Messlatte in dieser neuen Trendsportart sehr hoch legt.
Über die Feiertage durfte ich die neuen Produktbilder und ein Action-Shooting mit Elia Colombo, einem unserer Schweizer Top-Foiler und Balance-Meister, machen.

Seit ein paar Tagen habe ich nun so ein Board zu Hause und das alte Gefühl vom Skateboarden, Surfen kommt langsam zurück, meine Balance hat sich in einer Woche vile verbessert und ich habe das Gefühl, dass ich den ganzen Körper inklusive Rückenmuskulatur nebenbei trainiere.

Da die Produktion noch nicht ganz läuft, ist der Verkauf / Handel auf einige wenige Läden beschränkt, wer auch ein Board haben möchte, kann es auf meiner Website bestellen.

Christop Peller, Skateboard Bauer und kreativer Holzmeister.

SUI 2000 – 2020 Buch

Das Kultbuch über 20 Jahre Schweizer Segelsport seit 2000 im reich bebilderten Grossformat, realisiert vom Skippers und von Christian Scherrer und Jürg Kaufmann signiert. Limitierte Auflage von 20 Bücher.

Ein unverzichtbares Sammelwerk für alle Schweizer Segelbegeisterten. Gestaltet und verfasst wird das in 20 Themenbereiche gegliederte Buch von Fachleuten, die diese ebenso dynamische wie intensive Zeit selbst miterlebt haben und aus eigener Erfahrung über die Erfolge der Schweizer Regatteure, die Rolle der Schweiz in der internationalen Segelszene sowie über die Besonderheiten der Schweizer Akteure und Seen berichten können.

Bestellung: CHF/Buch : 100.-

Inhalte / Kapitel

  • Das Alinghi-Epos
  • Segeln in den Alpen
  • Traditionsjachten
  • Triumph der Mehrrümpfer
  • Temporausch im Segelsport
  • Nationale Regattatouren und grosse Regatten
  • Von Schweizern entworfene Boote
  • Hochseeabenteuer unserer Segler
  • Die Olympischen Spiele
  • Erfolgreiche Optimist-Klasse
  • 20 Schweizer Persönlichkeiten
  • Alle Schweizermeister auf einen Blick
  • Nautische Institutionen
  • Internationale Drehscheibe Schweiz

240 Seiten Texte und mehr als 1000 grossformatigen Bilder.

Bestellung: CHF/Buch : 100.-

Faszination Segeln

Marc Knöpfel neuer Präsident Swiss Sailing

Gratuliere Swiss Sailing “Presidente”

War ein sehr unterhaltsames und intensives Photoshooting mit Dir.

Wünsche Dir und Deinem Team viel Erfolg.

Freue mich darauf “FASZINATION SEGELN” mit starken Bilder zu unterstüzen.

Mehr Bilder zu diesem Shooting

www.purepersonality.art

Inside Carbo-Link

Automated Filament Winding, Tape Laying & Consolidation machine.

When I first saw Carbo-Link’s tension members used on America’s Cup boats I immediately thought; how do they design and build these parts?
Later I learned that this is a Swiss invention from an engineering and manufacturing company based just outside of Zurich. Normally it’s very difficult, almost impossible, to get an inside view of such a high-tech company given the secrecy and confidentiality of their processes.
However, I was lucky enough to be contacted by Carbo-Link as they needed high-res product photos of their composite solutions and crisp, clean photos of the Aerospace & Defence certified factory. What a dream … It was great to explore the brand personality and to explore how best to portray the high-tech, Swiss made feel into the photographs. All services were carried out in strictest confidence, this is a very important part of my work approach with all clients.

Wally Cento ‘Galateia’. Featuring Carbo-Link’s elliptical, round and hybrid rigging cables.
Emirates Team New Zealand, Winner of the 35th Cup, Bermuda. Featuring Carbo-Link wing & platform rigging.

The loads introduced to these cables in sailing yachts can be enormous, ranging anywhere from 1ton to 300tons on the largest 80m – 90m superyachts. That is before we even look at crane pendants lifting the largest offshore oil rig components or the dynamic loads on composite helicopter blades, all of which are also engineered and manufactured by Carbo-Link.
I felt like a kid in a candy store having the chance to photograph their state-of-the-art solutions in the studio and inside the factory. It was a privilege to experience the Aerospace Certified factory, and to be involved in some of the working processes, to really capture the quality and knowledge found within Carbo-Link.

The composite solutions are perfect for photography with my unique #velvetlight. A light soft enough to reflect so smoothly on a shiny surface, resulting in beautiful images revealing all the smallest details of a structure and its high-quality finish.

Spherical Bearing Termination
Lashing Termination

Carbo-Link’s solutions feature Aerospace grade Titanium terminations, all of which are machined in-house with the most up to date 5-axis CNC machines and highly skilled technicians. I really enjoyed capturing these terminations close-up to show the intricate details and surface finishing.

Lashing Termination
CL TORQUE Pin Termination

Production floor – where science becomes reality. All of Carbo-Link’s machines are designed and build in-house to optimise the production processes.

Automated Filament Winding, Tape Laying & Consolidation machine. (with screen in foreground)

State-of-the-art 5 axis CNC machines.

5-axis CNC machines, laser cutters, FARO 3D measurement arm and more
Large bed and multi-head 5-axis CNC machine for quality machining of oversized parts.

Links and information about this project:

More photos: https://bit.ly/carbolink

Carbo-Link webpage: http://www.carbo-link.com

Reference from Carbo-Link:
‘Juerg was a pleasure to work with. He has a very artistic eye and creatively approached both the product and factory photos to bring things to life perfectly. We look forward to working with Jürg again on a number of location-based projects in the near future.’
James Wilkinson

WOOD & WATCH

WOOD & WATCH for IWC Schaffhausen in cooperation with Boesch Boats

Photographing wooden boats it’s something I have been doing for many years, a timepiece was a new challenge.

Last year I started quietly in my studio working with light and watches, countless nights, and hours trying hard to manage the conflict of light, reflections, and shadows. As more as you discover you realize there is so much more to explore and to learn. It’s as fascinating and as complex to photograph boats. A high level of detail mastering light and endless styling possibilities. Who would have thought that this big-time investment of last year will be very helpful in the middle of the current COVID crisis?

The Schaffhausen-based watch manufacturer IWC, which has been in partnership with the Boesch boat builder known for his classic mahogany since 2008, is joining in the celebration of Bösch’s 100th anniversary. The occasion is being commemorated with the “Century Edition” anniversary boat, along with the Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Boesch”.

Link to the complete series:

https://bit.ly/IWC_Boesch

Now I’m looking forward to the next challenging photo project with sophisticated light requirements.

Big Waves in Nazaré

Nun bin ich zurück in Zürich, die paar Tage in Nazaré waren sehr Eindrücklich. Die Wucht und Kraft dieser grossen Wellen überrascht mich jedesmal, genau diese rohe Naturgewalt zeigt uns wie klein und verletzlich wir Meschen eigentlich sind.

Im Momenet habe ich ein paar Bilder auf den Social Media Paltformen gezeigt, es wir aber noch ein paar Tage dauern um eine richtig starke Auswahl dieser Bilder zu treffen.
Wie sehr oft reise ich an ein Shooting und jedesmal gibt es eindrückliche Bilder. Je nach Betrachtung finde ich meine Favoriten und jedsmal gibt es ein paar Bilder welche herausstechen und mich überraschen.

Als Segler weiss ich wie gross die Möwen am Atlantik sind, richtig grosse Vögel, und trotzdem wirkt diese Möwe auf dem Bild klein und verletzlich.

Noch ein Punkt dazu: wir Menschen lernen mit der Natur umzugehen, die Big Wave surfer beherrschen das und sind richtige Stars geworden, aber keiner fliget einfach so über die explodierenden Wellen wie die Möwen.

Big Waves Project

Big waves have many similarities with my other outdoor project glaciers.today, the unleashed natural forces are simply fascinating.
The glaciers move slowly but unstoppable trough the valleys and the waves roll over the water and we have no chance to stop or alter their course in any way.

Both natural forces are a strong source of inspiration and show me every day the vulnerability of the balance of our natural habitat. The glaciers are melting more and more with the climate change and the storms are are getting more frequent.

In the next days I’m traveling back to Nazaré the home of big waves. A new and strong storm system is approaching the Atlantic coast, this system will last for 3-4 days. I’m really looking forward to see and photograph this natural forces.

Click on the images to see more:

A Moment with Shirley Robertson

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Shirley, in my view, is an exception. I always ask myself who that person is, what makes her different and capable of winning two Olympic Gold medals in a row?

I know there are plenty of athletes who have more than two gold medals, but in my view sailing is unique as the complexity of this sport is superior than in many other Olympic disciplines.

The world today is superficial. I see the tendency of running after the quick win, the low hanging fruits. Competing and winning two Olympic Gold medals requires the complete opposite, long term commitment, dedication, the energy to get up again and again after a defeat, isn’t that incredibly inspiring?

Will I be able to see and experience this during the shooting with here?

The portrait project with Shirley was not a short one. We have been talking about it since months; soon we realized we need many different photos, we need a series of images, each of them for a different purpose. It clearly would take a day to get this done.

It would be an intense day, and at the same time, I felt the weight on my shoulders: responsibility and a privilege. I cannot only spend a day working with her, ultimately what I see through my lens is what the people, who do not have the chance to meet here in person, will see of her.

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We all know the expression: A picture says more than a 1’000 words…So let’s get this x-thousand words right.

At the end of the project, we selected 20 different photos, each showing Shirley with here many facets, each with a different message.

It turned out to be an intense day, a potpourri of colors, ideas, a combination of clothes, expressions, lights, coffee breaks and much more. It’s tough to stay focused for so long in front of the camera, but she did it, and how she did, was terrific.

Not only is she a good sailor, but no wonder why she works at CNN, BBC and much more. One set after the other, she always came back on the set with outstanding positive energy, motivation, and commitment.

Even more, we could guide each other, she trusted me, and then we executed those ideas one by one, until the end of a long and intense day.

Is that one of the secrets and reasons why she can win two gold medals in a row? Did I had the chance to experience what makes the difference of losing or winning? Probably yes!

I have not experienced this with many people such a persistent focus and commitment over a long time in front of the camera.

Thank you, Shirley, it was more than a moment, it was a precious time with you and your partner Tim.

Look at the photos with this link.

A few days after the shooting I got an email from Shirley:

I know I have said it ten times already – but I’m chuffed with the images, they show oodles of personality.”

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You just need to be in the right place at the right moment

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Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves, November 2018

You just need to be in the right place at the right moment.

Some time ago during a meeting with an agency, we talked about photos of big waves and how to produce them. With CGI, “computer generates image” you can create one within a week or two, assuming that you find the right team capable of doing it.

Shooting this kind of waves turned out a bit more complicated. I heard about Nazaré a peaceful, quiet fishing village on the Atlantic coast of Portugal. They have big waves, actually famous for it. Since that day started to follow the weather, tide and wave forecast of Nazaré.
In the winter time you get almost every week 5-7 meter high waves, but very seldom you get 20 meters or move waves. It took me nearly 2 years to get the chance for such a wave.

There is a detail in this photo, who at first sight doesn’t look so obvious.
Look at the spray over the wave. It’s a perfect Fibonacci curve. The natural beauty defined by the mathematical formula which also has a lot in common with the golden ratio.

Here is the tricky question. What does it take to get this spray and big waves?
The wind must come from the opposite side of the wave. 90% of the time the wind pushes the water for miles on the open sea and when the wave comes closer to shore the build up. That’s the difference. The wind is coming from the opposite side.

When I saw that fact in the weather forecast, I knew its time to book the flight to Lissabon and a rental car which brings me to Nazaré. It took two years from that meeting in the agency until the day I booked the trip.

The evening when I finally got to Nazaré in complete darkness I drove down to the lighthouse, no moon no light. Whatever scary movie you imagine, there is nothing so impressive as the rumbling of the waves against the cliffs right below the Nazare Lighthouse.

The next morning with the first light I was back on these rocks, this time with my camera and a full set of lenses.

Please let me say this, as I heard that so many times:
You just need to be in the right place at the right moment.
Think about what it takes to be at the right place and the right moment?

The next morning during breakfast in the hotel, the lady serving the coffee looked at me and said; you got the right day, today the waves are not big anymore.

It’s over a year ago and I still checking every week the forecast of Nazaré, hoping to get one more chance to shoot this kind of big waves.

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Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves, November 2018

RUND UM mit einem Sonnenuntergang

Letztes Jahr war die Rundum kurz vor dem America’s Cup in Bermuda, eigentlich bin ich wegen der Rudum ein paar Tage zu späht nach Bermuda gereist. Der Sonnenuntergang in der Region Überlingen hat es aber voll kompensiert.

Nun war ich wir wieder auf dem Bodensee. Die Wettervorhersage war nicht ideal. Wenn man den Himmel betrachtet war klar das da noch ein Gewitter kommen wird und genau das sorgt für das gewisse etwas. Die Sonne verschwand ein paar Mal hinter den Wolkenschichten, und so wechselte das Licht fast alle 5 Minuten. Leider waren die Zeitfenster für eindrucksvolle Aufnahmen somit etwas kürzer als sonst.

Es ist immmer wieder aufs neue Eindrucksvoll die Natur zu beobachten, sie ist immer anders und überascht uns immer wider aufs neue.
Mit einem Click auf die Bilder gelangen sie zu weiteren Aufnahmen.


Seit einigen Jahren träume ich davon ein paar Monate lang auf und rund um den Bodensee ununterbrochen während mehreren Monate den See und die Umgebung zu fotografieren, und danach ein Buch zu Publizieren mit diesen Aufnahmen. Währe schön wenn sich das mal realisieren lässt.

RUND UM 2018

runD UM 2018

 

 

Reflections Act 2

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I’ve been looking at the reflection on the water for quite a few years, and as more I think about them, they become more interesting for me – the reflections are abstract and provide a wide space for imagination. I find something new in it every time when looking at the photos.

Last weekend I was photographing the Blu26 regatta in Switzerland on a lake which is known for not being the windiest place on earth, and yes, we had flat water for three days (sigh).

Time to be creative with the reflections, what do you see in them?

These and more images are now available as Fine Art Prints. Click here or on one of the photos to see the complete selection.

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Blu26 Schweizermeisterschaft 2018 Zug

Modern Nature

Have been sitting by the water so many times and for so many reasons. Was it to find a solution for a problem, or simply to relax a bit and to enjoy time. Water is a magic element powerful, dangerous and beautiful. Can you hear the peaceful sound of this small waves hitting the the shoreline is so peaceful.
This harmonic shapes of reflections looks so modern, but in reality they have been here longtime before the humanity.
This photos are available as fine art prints

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Live is clear today, we try to look into the future, it’s bright? That’s what we all hope, is it clear, what will it be?

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Nazaré Big Waves

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Portugal Atlantic coast in Nazaré, that’s as big as it get’s. Thank’s to a big underwater canyon finishing right in front of the Praia do Norte, the swell comes to the shore and the end of the canyon will be build up the wave to what we know the Nazaré wave.

This waves are from the crazy Wednesday in November 2018. Over night the waves were building up. Right before midnight I drove down to the faro the lighthouse from Nazaré, it was dark no light no stars and no moon. No horror movie will ever be as impressive as the noise of the waves crashing in the rocks below the lighthouse.
The next morning with the first light I finally could see with my eyes the Nazaré waves.
See more photos

Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves

Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves

Nazare Portugal Atlantic Ocean Waves

Impressive Sunset on Lake Constance

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Impressive Sunset on Lake Constance
Sometimes when you are photographing a sailing regatta it happens that you are bit in a hurry.  This afternoon I received a very friendly phone call from a yacht owner asking about the 2017 Rundum with this impressive sunset. I realized I never published this photos on the image library go4image.com as the next day I flew to Bermuda for the America’s Cup.
Here is the link

Today is a rainy day here in Switzerland so let’s enjoy this sunset.

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#rundum #sunset #bodensee #skinfit #segeln #sonnenuntergang #lakeconstance #sailing #regatta #americascup

2016 Pure Sailing Passion Show

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5 Jahre ist es her seit der letzten Pure Sailing Passion Tourne. In der Zwischenzeit konnte ich viele neue schöne und spannende Photos schiessen.
Ich freue mich richtig eine Auswahl davon am Abend vom 23. März in Basel zu zeigen. Neben der Vorschau auf Rio 2016 Olympischen Spiele werden auch Zeitlose Bilder über die berühmten J Class Yachten und viele andere schöne Momente der nautischen Welt zu sehen sein.
Portraits Fotografie ist seit einigen Jahren ein wichtiger Teil meiner Arbeit geworden.
Pure Personality ist das Thema. Es fasziniert mich immer wieder aufs Neue, die Stärke der Persönlichkeit zu entdecken und mit der Kamera fest zu halten. Dafür planen wir noch eine Überraschung.

Datum & Ort:
23. März 2016 Hofmattsaal Münchenstein Basel 20:00

Die Vorbereitungen laufen gut, die Partner sind voll mit dabei und zusammen haben wir schon über 200 der 350 Tickets verkauft.

 Der Verkauf läuft über Ticketino.
Details über den Anlass

Ein spezieller Dank an den CCS Region Basel, Photomarlin und das Wave Magazin.

A day trip to Paris

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The reason for this day trip to Paris was Bruno Troublé the mastermind of the Louis Vuitton Cup,  a very charismatic personality in the international sailing world.

He did spend part of his life organizing sailing events, negotiating contracts, and sailing on many different boats.

Some years ago when I landed the first time in Auckland I saw the advertisement from Louis Vuitton
“To sail in the Americas’ Cup you first have to win the Louis Vuitton Cup” a clear and strong message.

I still remember the days as a young Laser sailor training on the lake Lugano spending every few years the nights in front of the TV watching the Louis Vuitton Cup, followed then by the America’s Cup.
At that time it seemed a world so far away.
Read the Wave article about Bruno Troublé

See more portraits of the Wave series

Letztes Segelfotoshooting im 2015

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Letztes Segelfotoshooting im 2015
Das wird sicher nichts als Ende November die Anfrage kam für ein Shooting, und genau am geplanten Tag war der Himmel blau wie schon so oft in diesem Herbst und somit gabe es doch noch schöne Fotos der neuen XP33 der WS Bootsschule hier in Zürich.

 

Water Quality in Guanabara Bay Rio

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After one week in Rio there are three points wo seem apparent about the water quality.

First, the water is still dirty, and it smells bad in some places.  Most of the day though, especially with the current running, it’s not so bad.  The race course that will be near the bridge still has lots of plastic bags and floating debris around; those seem to be the major risk for sailors at the moment.

Second is the water quality: Days ago, our head coach took some samples and sent to an independent lab for review.  We will have final results in a couple of days, but (and this is incredible), the water quality is within normal limits!  For sure, the water quality is far, far from what I’m used to on our alpine lakes in Switzerland, but still, we saw a turtle today and some of our sailors saw dolphins, so that’s good news.

Third, I remember the Star Worlds here 4 years ago here in Rio, and since then, the water quality has improved A LOT.  We had a race on the future medal course back then, and the water was so horribly brown and even black at times that I couldn’t use a single photo from that race.

We can complain about the water quality, but the reality is that we are seeing a major ecological change here on Brazil’s shore.  Being an outsider it is hard to predict what will happen come 2016, but if the Chinese could solve hundreds of tons worth of algae, it’s not hard to hope that the Brazilians will solve their water management issues.

Jürg

Pure Sailing Passion

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After years of yachting photography and dreaming about presenting my images on a IMAX screen suddnetly you get this magic phone call.

The Swiss National Museum of transportaion, (by fare the largest and most visited museum in Switzerland) was planning a special exibition about sailing and this is the museum with largest IMAX screen in Switzerland.

The selection of the photos turned out to be a challenge, you wnat as many as you can, covering different subject and following a story.

The editing of the video ws done by James McIntyre love the work he does.

Xie Xie China

Xie Xie in mandarino significa grazie e si pronuncia “cie cie”, hanno dato tutto quello che potevano per trasformare queste Olimpiadi in una bella festa. Non per parlarne della cerimonia di chiusura che no ho vissuto in prima persona.

Sono sul viaggio di ritorno e mi sono fermato 2 giorni a Shanghai per vedere un po di China al di fuori dal villaggio Olimpico e di Qingdao. Sfortunatamente piove fortemente e cosi sono in albergo e scrivo un po.

Gli ultimi giorni a Qingdao erano particolarmente intensi, incominciando con la medal race di Flavio ed Enrico sulla Star: buona partenza, terzi alla boa di bolina, “ultimi” alla boa di poppa ed un recupero da eroi nella prossima bolina fino al secondo posto e poi finire sul scondo posto. La medaglia non ci e stata, gli punti persi nelle prime prove pesavano troppo pero bella prestazione. Bravi!!!

Il giorno della partenza da Qingdao era anche un po particolare. Dopo che gli Chinesi del centro stampa hanno scoperto che il mio volo era solo alle 23.00 non cera mezzo per evitare la cerminonia di chiusura di Qingdao, non so come mai ma dovevo scattare delle foto a tutti costi. Non mi dispiaceva perché gli unici fotografi rimasti era Carlo Borlenghi ed io cosi l’ho fatto assieme a Carlo.
Fino qui tutto bene, hanno organizzato tutta una serie di trasporti per fare in modo che la partenza dallo stadio, caricare le borse in albergo e poi portarmi in aeroporto doveva funzionare alla perfezione. Non fu cosi, l’ultimo trasporto era in ritardo e cosi ho perso la prima volta l’aereo. Per la manager (donna) del centro stampa era un disastro si e scusata in tutti modi possibili e quasi non osava più a guardarmi dalla vergogna. Pero quello che ne e uscito dopo era geniale.

Mi sono trovato in un vero KTV Chinese (Karaoke TV) con un gruppo di volontari del centro stampa e nel fra tempo mi hanno organizzato il nuovo volo, trasporto ed albergo per la notte.
Consequnza ho giocato una specie di indianata Chinese di birra con dei dadi tutta la notte con Chinesi nel KTV dove le ragezza del centro stampa continuavano a cantare in Chinese ed io bere Qingdao birra perche chairmente gli Chinesi erano piu bravi. Ogni tre po caraciavano la canzone “I am sailing I am sailing” per fare cantare pure me.
Per fortuna la nostra costituzione sopporta meglio l’ alcool dei Chinesi cosi ce l’ho fatta a sopravvivere più o meno bene la notte.

Il giorno dopo cioè un paio di ore dopo chiaramente mi hanno accompagnato in aereoporto. Stranamente mi hanno portato dritto all check in della first class, il resto si spiega da solo, peccato che il volo e durato poco meno di 2 ore.

Domani torno a casa per un fine settimana tranquillo perché il lunedì dopo si va a St. Moritz per il match race.

Saluti da Shangahi

Jürg

PS: Qui a Shanghai ho trovato un bar che si chiama “Locarno” ed ha il caffe “Chiocco d’oro” e gli spagetti carbonara sono mica male.

Una giornata importante si annuncia qui a Qingdao

Sono le 5.30 di mattina. Il sole doverebbe apparire fra non molto, ma con tutto questo grigio dubito che si veda.
Ogni tanto mi domando con tutti i bei posti al mondo siamo finiti qua a fare le Olimpiadi dove non si capisce se il grigio é smog oppure semplice nebbia.

Va beh, il nostro programma non cambia. Colazione, poi vado al centro stampa a scaricare un pò di foto. Alle 9 mi trovo con Tom Ruegge il capo del team Svizzero: dobbiamo discutere come gestire le eventuali proteste, infatti oltre al mio ruolo di fotografo ufficiale, ho il compito di “rules advisor” per il nostro team.

Alle 11.30 arriva il pulmino che ci porta ai gommoni per uscire sull’acqua. Avete letto bene: il pulmino é una specie di “golf car”, perchè qui oltre a fare un caldo incredibile c’è un’ umidità latissima. Nessuno vuole camminaree pensate a me che devo portarmi in collo 15 Kg di apparecchiature foto sulle spalle.

Il discorso sul gommone é assai divertente. Ieri avevamo un pilota che non parlava una parola di inglese. Inoltre con noi è salito un traduttore che non capisce niente di vela. Risultato: una scenetta da “mission impossible” in cui non ho potuto avvicinarmi al campo per scattare delle belle foto.

I cinesi vanno matti per i formulari. Figuratevi che persino per ricevere il panino a pranzo devo riempire un formulario. Ora potete immaginarvi cosa ho scritto sul “Feedback Form” del driver del gommone.

Oggi vado sul campo dei surf, per a vedere cosa fa il Richi e poi devo scattare anche un po di foto dei greci che sono diventati miei clienti grazie alla Sofia ed ad Andreas (Sofia e la ex. campionessa Olympica di 470)
Chissa che driver e traduttore abbiamo oggi?

Ieri ero sul campo degli Yngling. Sofia come sempre riesce a fare dei recuperi incredibili. Già a Palma nella medal race si era trovata main svantaggio e poi è riuscita ad arrivare tra i primi. Stessa cosa ieri, “go Sofia”

Ora vado a fare colazione. Ammetto sono un pò nervoso