Marine Photography

This section of Cowes Online contains a fantastic collection of photographic images from the world of sailing and boating, as well as information on what's happening and what's new in photography.

Here you can find selections of photos from major sailing regattas and races taking place in the Solent area and further afield. 

To order any of the images shown and to find out more about the photographers featured, click on the website links under 'Resources' at the end of each story.

More information about Solent photographers can be found under Photographers / Photographic Services in the Directory of Services

Latest images and photography news

Britannia arrives in Cowes

Tue 07 Feb 2012 at 1441 GMT

Britannia, a replica of the hull of King George V's J-Class yacht, was captured on camera as the hull arrived under tow from Norway into East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Fast-tracked by the Fastnet Race

Mon 30 Jan 2012 at 1634 GMT

In August 2011 I was offered a heaven-sent opportunity to show some of the photographic skills I had been patiently developing over the previous six years or so, writes photographer Penny Slacke of

Gripped by sea fever

Wed 04 Jan 2012 at 1637 GMT

Local Isle of Wight photographer Brian Williams LRPS is currently holding an exhibition of images based around the theme of John Masefield's poem 'Sea Fever'.

Great yachting photography

Mon 14 Nov 2011 at 1354 GMT

The 2012 calendar from Cowes-based marine photographer Paul Wyeth contains beautiful images from recent assignments in the world of sailing.

Six world and 16 national records up for ratification

Tue 08 Nov 2011 at 1551 GMT

In what was an action packed week 191 record attempts were made at Coniston Powerboat Records Week in Cumbria over 31 October - 4 November.

Twenty-five years on - L'Espirit d'Equipe triumphs again

Thu 03 Nov 2011 at 1832 GMT

The Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta has concluded with 1985-86 winner L'Espirit d'Equipe edging out Telefonica Black to clinch victory in a race featuring 16 boats from the first 10 editions of the round-the-world race.

Hamble River Sailing Club racing in pictures

Wed 26 Oct 2011 at 1016 BST

Our latest slideshow includes October racing shots from the Garmin Hamble Winter Series and Hamble Autumn Championships.

Tall ships race in the Solent

Wed 19 Oct 2011 at 1554 BST

Enjoy this fantastic sequence of images from the start of the Jubilee Sailing Trust's tall ships race on 11 October between Tenacious and Lord Nelson, courtesy of Cowes-based photographer Hamo Thornycroft.

Weekend two report for the Garmin Hamble Winter Series

Tue 18 Oct 2011 at 1214 BST

Sparkling sailing conditions prevailed for the Garmin Hamble Winter Series and the Hamble Big Boat Series.

On the water action with AC45s in Plymouth

Fri 30 Sep 2011 at 1000 BST

Here is an amazing collection of pictures from the recent AC45 World Series, Plymouth.

Images of classic yachts from Cannes

Fri 23 Sep 2011 at 1618 BST

Enjoy these stunning images from the Regates Royales - Trophee Panerai which is currently taking place in the sun bathed bay of La Napoule, Cannes, in France.

Excellent racing in challenging conditions

Mon 12 Sep 2011 at 1022 BST

Over 10,000 people turned out to watch day one's racing at the AC World Series - Plymouth on Saturday, 10 September, while Sunday saw three capsizes and winds gusting close to 30 knots across Plymouth Sound.

2011 Half Ton Classic Cup slideshow

Tue 30 Aug 2011 at 1053 BST

Watch a super collection of images taken at the Half Ton Classic Cup in Cowes, courtesy of marine photographers Hamo Thornycroft and Fiona Brown.

Another win for Cinzano in Cowes-Torquay-Cowes

Tue 30 Aug 2011 at 1014 BST

The team of Marcus Hendricks, Simon Wood-Power, and Eric Smillie on Cinzano won the British Powerboat Festival Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Cinema by the sea seals week of success for Big Screen Media

Fri 19 Aug 2011 at 1043 BST

The world's first ever sail-in cinema capped eight days of success at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week for Isle of Wight based Big Screen Media, specialists in large format LED and digital display solutions.

F18 and Hurricane Nationals on the Isle of Wight

Thu 18 Aug 2011 at 1424 BST

Fabulous sailing conditions, an exceptionally friendly and well-organised club and help from some great sponsors made for a great weekend's racing for the F18 and Hurricane Nationals at Yaverland Sailing Club.

Rolex Fastnet Race start in pictures

Mon 15 Aug 2011 at 1207 BST

Sunday, 14 August was a great day for the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race as shown in the latest Cowes Online slideshow.

Slideshow - Day 8 of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Mon 15 Aug 2011 at 1110 BST

Saturday, 13 August was the final day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week; another breezy but sunny day with gusty and shifty winds continuing to test competitors.

Slideshow - Day 7 of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Sat 13 Aug 2011 at 1537 BST

Images from the penultimate day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week are featured in this slideshow.

Slideshow - Day 6 of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Fri 12 Aug 2011 at 1628 BST

See plenty of on-the-water action, plus pictures of HRH The Princess Royal, from Day 6 of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week in the latest Cowes Online slideshow.

Slideshow - Day 5 of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Thu 11 Aug 2011 at 1618 BST

Enjoy this bumper collection of fabulous photos from a wet and windy Day 5 at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

Slideshow - Day 4 of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Wed 10 Aug 2011 at 1758 BST

The colours of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week are portrayed beautifully in this set of images from the fourth day of the regatta.

Slideshow - Day 3 of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Tue 09 Aug 2011 at 1734 BST

We have another selection of great photos from the third day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, Monday, 8 August.

Slideshow - Day 2 of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Mon 08 Aug 2011 at 1632 BST

Enjoy these great photographs from the second day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, courtesy of Rick Tomlinson, Paul Wyeth, and Brian Williams.

Slideshow - Day 1 of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Mon 08 Aug 2011 at 1604 BST

Here is a collection of images from the first day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, kindly contributed by Isle of Wight based marine photographers.

Classic yachts and cars meet - news and pictures

Fri 22 Jul 2011 at 1528 BST

Competitors at the 2011 Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes were greeted by the best breezes of the regatta so far when they arrived at the dock on Thursday morning, 21 July.

A celebration of Swans and Quarter Tonners

Fri 22 Jul 2011 at 1450 BST

A great selection of images from the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup and the Swan European Regatta which both took place off Cowes in the beautiful setting of the Solent; photographs courtesy of Hamo Thornycroft, Paul Wyeth, and Kurt Arrigo.

Spectacular images from IRC Nationals

Mon 18 Jul 2011 at 1537 BST

Big breezes and breakages were a feature of the recent RORC IRC National Championship staged in Cowes with all the major IRC racing boats from the Solent area taking part plus a few from overseas too.

Daring Class 50th Anniversary celebrations start in Cowes

Tue 12 Jul 2011 at 1423 BST

The Daring Class is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and on 9 July, the anniversary of the first Daring race, the fleet took part in a sail past and salute in front of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Musto summer photo competition

Thu 07 Jul 2011 at 1152 BST

Whether sailing with the family in a regatta or racing on a maxi yacht, Musto's regatta photography competition offers you the chance to celebrate Britain's nautical summer and win prizes for photographing your regatta.

Dramatic Round the Island Race capsize sequence

Tue 05 Jul 2011 at 1051 BST

Evocative images of the trimaran Dragonfly 28 Escape capsizing in high seas off St Catherine's Point during the 80th Anniversary Round the Island Race in 2011, courtesy of Isle of Wight based photographer Brian Williams.

RTIR in images

Thu 30 Jun 2011 at 1234 BST

A treasure trove of dramatic pictures from the 80th Anniversary Round the Island Race where conditions were testing for both competitors and photographers alike.

Storming down the Solent

Wed 29 Jun 2011 at 1827 BST

Here's a great sequence of photos by Hamo Thornycroft of the French trimaran l'Hydroptere storming down the Solent in a near gale on 8 June and sailing off Cowes on 10 June.

Get down to the Magic Marine shop in Cowes

Thu 09 Jun 2011 at 1630 BST

Magic Marine Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, the first UK flagship store for the world renowned marine clothing company, was opened at the beginning of April by RYA Training Centre and Laser SB3 charter company Pelican Racing LLP.

Cruising through Asia and tragedy in the Arabian sea

Mon 06 Jun 2011 at 1856 BST

The Norton family continues their circumnavigation on Miss Tippy with the Blue Water Rally, as related by Brian Norton, and, we bring you a slideshow of images from the last two years of their round the world voyage.

A celebration of X One-Designs, 1911-2011

Thu 19 May 2011 at 1027 BST

The X One-Design Class has its centenary this year and to celebrate we've got a superb collection of XOD photographs taken by Hamo Thornycroft of Cowes.

Images from the RS400 Grand Prix

Thu 12 May 2011 at 1543 BST

Courtesy of Cowes photographer Rick Tomlinson, we have some great photos from the RS400 Gull Grand Prix which took place on 7-8 May at Gurnard Sailing Club, Isle of Wight.

A great way to start the season - in a heat wave

Tue 26 Apr 2011 at 1758 BST

This year saw a RORC Easter Challenge where competitors not only headed home wiser after three days of on the water coaching, but also with suntans.

A celebration of classic yachts

Wed 20 Apr 2011 at 1154 BST

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, one of the world's premier classic yachting events, brought together a fantastic collection of boats and people for some great sailing and fun, in the ideal conditions of the Caribbean.

Mix of conditions for Warsash Spring Series

Tue 12 Apr 2011 at 1642 BST

Warsash Sailing Club had a hectic weekend on 9-10 April when Saturday racing for the Spring Championship was added to the penultimate gathering of the Spring Series on Sunday.