Lecture at Open Yard Weekend: Photo shooting with Rick Tomlinson

As the tradition says, there will be an interesting lecture on Saturday evening at the Hallberg-Rassy Open Yard weekend. The lecture will be held in

English by Rick Tomlinson, one of the best yacht photographers in the world and frequently working for Hallberg-Rassy. Rick will tell about how he

makes yacht photo shooting and show pictures of yacht racing, high latitude cruising and wildlife.

Rick Tomlinson made his name capturing the Southern Ocean at its most treacherous from the decks of various yachts in the Whitbread Round the World Race. He started with freelance pictures published in Yachting World and Seahorse in 1985 from Drum and finished his 4 Race Whitbread (now Volvo Ocean Race) career with a commission from National Geographic onboard Team EF.

Born in 1958, Rick grew up on the Isle of Man, where he established a serious interest in sailing, spending much of his time on the water racing dinghies dreaming of one day competing in the Whitbread Race. Rick joined the build team of the Maxi Colt Cars. The yacht ended up in the hands of Duran Duran's lead singer rock star Simon le Bon with the new name 'Drum'. Through working on the build team Rick was given the opportunity to crew aboard Drum.

After the near fatal roll in the Fastnet Race when Drum's keel broke off, the boat was quickly repaired for the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race 1985. Rick was one of the crew. On Drum Rick offered to take some pictures and set off on the race with one Nikon and 20 rolls of film, his photos were a huge success and redefined onboard photography with his trademark slow exposure night time shots of the Southern Ocean.

Eventually he sailed in four Whitbread Round the World Races, onboard Drum, The Card, Intrum Justitia and with the two EF teams in the 1997 Whitbread where he was commissioned by National Geographic. Rick has been the official photographer for the Volvo Ocean Race and for the GBR Challenge at the America's Cup and numerous other projects. Between races Rick travels to numerous regattas around the world, usually chasing yachts from a helicopter or chase boat and always on the lookout for a unique angle. 

Yacht racing aside, Rick has extended his skills into expedition & project photography to such places as the Arctic and Antarctic, Chile, Alaska, Caribbean and Africa.  

Application needed

The lecture will be held on Saturday 26 August 2017 at 19.00 in the marina area, in the big white building close to the mountain, and we will start with dinner, followed by the lecture. As the number of seats to the lecture are limited and dinner with beverage will be served, we request a prepayment of tickets from you. The Saturday night lecture including dinner costs SEK 400 (roughly 42 Euros) per person. Please give us your Visa, Eurocard or Mastercard number, expiry date, CVX2-code (CVX2-code is the three last digits right of the signature on the back of the card), name, address, mobile phone number, email address and your written agreement for us charging the above mentioned amount. For safety reasons we do not want you to email text with facts about your credit card. Please send either a photo or a scanned hand written letter of the data to info@remove-this.hallberg-rassy.se. For Swedish citizens, please use Swedish Bankgiro 541-2051.

Parking and to see the yard and the boats in the water is free of charge.

Rick Tomlinson

Photo by Rick Tomlinson

Photo by Rick Tomlinson

Photo by Rick Tomlinson