And they're off!

Both my boys are avid sailors, and are currently competing in the 29er National Championships. In this shot, my youngest is in red, hanging out the front of his boat just right of centre. With 45 boats sharing the start line, it's always exciting.
Somehow I've managed to become unofficial photographer, so spend my days on the water, and evenings processing the photos for the sailing facebook page.
Love it ... fav
posted December 28th, 2017  
Great action capture Rachel :)
posted December 28th, 2017  
He is so big now!
posted December 28th, 2017  
Super action capture. Must be quite difficult identifying individuals when they are tightly bunched as all the sails are the same colour, at least the numbers are fairly visible.
posted December 28th, 2017  
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posted December 28th, 2017  
Lee
Lucky you, a prime position. Good shot.
posted December 28th, 2017  
Very exciting!! He really looks like he knows what he is doing. Such a crowd at the start! Lucky you, to have such an exciting group to shoot.
posted December 28th, 2017  
What a beautiful sense of rhythm and movement!!
posted December 28th, 2017  
Fabulous action shot!! So exciting watching your boys and how cool to be the official photographer!! Fav!
posted December 28th, 2017  
An action-packed shot! Very energising.
posted December 28th, 2017  
Great shot of the action!
posted December 28th, 2017  
Superb
posted December 28th, 2017  
super shot!
posted December 28th, 2017  
Good luck to both your sons, nice action shot. Fav
posted December 28th, 2017  
The sails look fabulous :)
posted December 28th, 2017  
Amazing shot
posted December 28th, 2017  
And they all look just the same! Terrific capture Rachel :) Were you out on the water too? fav
posted December 28th, 2017  
@gilbertwood Thanks Denise. Yes, Iโ€™m on a rubber duck, and I have a dry bag handy to put the camera in if it gets a bit splashy.
posted December 28th, 2017  
@888rachel have fun - and keep dry :)
posted December 28th, 2017  
Great action, like all those clear sailes together
posted December 28th, 2017  
Crikey, its a wonder they don't crash into each other.
posted December 28th, 2017  
amazing shot, such a wonderful capture and clarity ~ FAV
posted December 28th, 2017  
Wow! Talk about filling the frame
posted December 29th, 2017  
Great image - no wonder you are the 'unofficial' photographer! I think you need to be official and get paid for doing such a good job.
posted December 29th, 2017  
Looks very busy in there. A great action shot, hope your boy did well.
posted December 29th, 2017  
Fantastic ... at least you will be kept busy taking photo's ... I am a bit the same when I go to my Grandaughters rowing ... looks like a tight start..
posted December 29th, 2017  
Wonderful image - the red looks so crisp !
posted December 29th, 2017  
Wonderful shot
posted December 29th, 2017  
Great action shot Rachel. You can sense the tension in the start
posted December 29th, 2017  
Wha5 a wonderful action capture!
posted December 30th, 2017  
Ah, a wonderful life. Your sons must be quite talented sailors at this point. And your photography puts you right in the center of their lives -- how perfect. Love this shot too!
posted December 30th, 2017  
terrific shot!
posted December 30th, 2017  
@janeandcharlie He is, Matthew is now 6ft tall, at only 14 years old. The tallest of us all.
posted December 30th, 2017  
@salza So true Sally, it is almost impossible to pick the boats apart. When they are racing, it helps if they have their spinnakers up so we know which colour to look for.
posted December 30th, 2017  
@onewing I have to say Babs that there are usually crashes in every regatta. We have been lucky in this one, and both boys' boats came out unscathed. Boat repairs are so expensive. Actually, when we register, we have to show proof of boat insurance.
posted December 30th, 2017  
@taffy Thanks Taffy. My youngest has only been sailing this class of boat for a few months, and is doing very well for an inexperienced sailor. My oldest unfortunately has a skipper who is not very driven, so they have not improved as much as my son wanted. It is difficult getting a crew with the same commitment, which is the only downside of a 2 man boat. And unfortunately my 2 boys won't sail together.
posted December 30th, 2017  
@dide @julzmaioro Thanks so much! While I'd love to get paid for taking the photos, I know that I'm lucky to have the opportunity to be out there. A lot of parents have to watch from shore, so really appreciate the (free) photos.
posted December 30th, 2017  
great action photo!
posted December 30th, 2017  
Great focus!
posted December 31st, 2017  
What a cool shot of your son! I can just imagine how proud you are of he and his brother, and how much you enjoy watching them do their thing.
posted December 31st, 2017  
Great to see this on TT!
posted January 5th, 2018  
@taffy Thanks for letting me know Taffy. I'm so thrilled to see it there.
posted January 6th, 2018  
Wonderful to see this on TT Rachel - congratulations!!
posted January 13th, 2018  
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