I don’t much care for the annual obsession with looking backwards but I understand the need to fill space by editors at this time of the year. Any sailor will tell that looking forwards is essential – eyes out of the boat. We have a heck of a calendar in front of us. Omicron be gone, there’s sailboat racing to be had.
And it really doesn’t matter if you’re looking forward to the Wednesday evening dinghy racing starting at your local club or gearing up for a million dollar showdown in San Francisco, sailing matters. Of all the gifts you’ll receive this Christmas, the dodgy socks, the inedible liquor chocolates (and dark chocolate to boot) and that horrific jumper from a distant auntie that is headed to the charity shop as soon as it opens next week, sailing is the gift that just keeps on giving.
If you’re reading this, it’s probably Christmas Day, you’ve just got your new iPad working, are full of roast turkey, bored to screaming tears of the conversation and doing your absolute level best to avoid playing Connect 4 with the relatives. I see you.
Chances are, you’re a few glasses of the good stuff in but are tempering it before you get either argumentative or fall asleep. You’re looking for some light relief and some decent sailing photography to show off your shiny new Apple resolution. Be my guest.
I’ve said it before, but we’re so lucky with sailing to have the very best photo-journalists working in any sport. The dedication that these guys commit and the sheer genius of their skill, art and artistry are something very special. We can do away with the writers – they’re a dime a dozen – but without the photographers we die on our knees as a sport and if you’ve ever tried to do what they do, you’ll understand just how hard it is to capture those money-shots. We are amongst greatness and as a Christmas Day treat, here’s my selection of the very best from a fabulous year.
Happy Christmas. Be safe, be nice, have another glass of port and fall asleep blissfully amidst the discarded wrapping paper, the half eaten dates, the atrocious decorations and avoid the smell of the dog after a turkey treat – I’m keeping well clear….The Boxing Day scramble starts in a few hours. Normal life is just hours away….enjoy. Here’s some of my favourite photos of the year.