Antigua Sailing Week 2014 - crew and volunteer views

The press boats and helicopter and other media vehicles show the contestants, the boats and the races; here is a page of pictures taken of what I saw going on behind the scenes!

Paul briefing Paul doing a pre-race briefing to assign individual tasks.
(2014-04-24 17:47:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/80s] ISO 200)
Paul briefing
Preparing the flags The flags all need to get attached securely to the plastic poles in preparation for the races.
(2014-04-26 11:11:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Preparing the flags
Alfred briefing his crew Alfred, the race officer on Katzenellenbogen, doing his first day briefing before leaving the docks.
(2014-04-27 08:04:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Alfred briefing his crew
Linda and Karen Linda and Karen aboard the crew boat before our first day out
(2014-04-27 08:22:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Linda and Karen
Synchronizing GPS The GPS time is the base time for all the watches aboard.
(2014-04-27 08:22:48 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Synchronizing GPS
Waiting between start and finish Waiting between start and finish
(2014-04-27 10:39:05 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Waiting between start and finish
Pin boat taking out the start marker The orange start marker buoy being taken out in them morning.
(2014-04-27 10:42:34 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Pin boat taking out the start marker
Finish mark being taken out The yellow finish mark being taken out into position by our pin boat.
(2014-04-27 10:43:42 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Finish mark being taken out
Repairing our broken rudder One of our two rudders became inoperable on our first return trip, and we made a temporary fix until here at the dock, when Sunsail came out to effect permanent repairs.
(2014-04-27 17:17:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Repairing our broken rudder
Race officer discussions Paul and Alfred, each on their respective committee boats, discussing the upcoming day
(2014-04-28 08:28:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Race officer discussions
Skewed artwork I tried my hand (while motoring against the seas) at lettering but am glad I never chose calligraphy as a career.
(2014-04-28 09:06:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Skewed artwork
Our pin boat and crew Our pin boat waiting while the course and start lines are decided upon.
(2014-04-28 09:36:34 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Our pin boat and crew
ABSAR is fortunately not busy! ABSAR is fortunately not busy!
(2014-04-28 09:43:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
ABSAR is fortunately not busy!
Clare running the finish line Clare on the finish line.
(2014-04-28 11:22:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 200)
Clare running the finish line
Relaxing between races Angela and Linda waiting between races.
(2014-04-28 12:46:36 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Relaxing between races
Karen and Michele resting Karen and Michele resting
(2014-04-28 12:46:46 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Karen and Michele resting
Quiet time at the Protest Desk Fortunately there was no rush at the protest desk this fine racing day.
(2014-04-28 17:25:23 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Quiet time at the Protest Desk
Leaving the docks Our skipper had the difficult task of getting us into and out of a very tight dock space, replete with moorings to catch the keels and props of our catamaran.
(2014-04-29 08:33:37 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 320)
Leaving the docks
Wet dinghy The dinghy, which we towed behind us during the races, had been tied next to the enghine exhaust and had partially filled with diesel-water.
(2014-04-29 08:44:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1250s] ISO 320)
Wet dinghy
Motoring to work in the morning Heading out to sea in the early morning hours everyone aboard is still fresh (and sleepy).
(2014-04-29 08:44:51 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 320)
Motoring to work in the morning
Timer and Scribe Angela was our timer, reading and announcing the flags and starts, while Michele acted as scribe and taking copious notes all the while.
(2014-04-29 09:51:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 320)
Timer and Scribe
Sunsail chase boat - just in case The Sunsail chase boat hanging around the start, just in case their services might be needed.
(2014-04-29 09:51:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/640s] ISO 320)
Sunsail chase boat - just in case
ABSAR at sea One of the two ABSAR boats, who were in constant duty during the races.
(2014-04-29 09:51:56 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/800s] ISO 320)
ABSAR at sea

(2014-04-29 09:52:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 320)
Calm before the finishes Calm before the finishes
(2014-04-29 11:26:16 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/800s] ISO 320)
Calm before the finishes
Ensuring the start scripts are in order Ensuring the start scripts are in order
(2014-04-29 11:31:24 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 160)
Ensuring the start scripts are in order
Paul on the VHF Paul's calm voice on the VHF helped make the event less stressful for the contestants.
(2014-05-01 10:35:19 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Paul on the VHF
Committee boat mooring Our committee boat mooring held us securely throughout the races.
(2014-05-01 10:39:02 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Committee boat mooring
Paperwork and computers Despite the age of computers, handwritten notes remain indispensible.
(2014-05-01 11:32:37 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/400s] ISO 200)
Paperwork and computers
Taking finishing notes Taking finishing notes
(2014-05-01 14:00:05 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Taking finishing notes
We had 2 finish timer teams Linda and Michele reconciling the computer-generated finish times.
(2014-05-01 14:00:08 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
We had 2 finish timer teams
Getting ready for the start Getting ready for the start
(2014-05-01 14:11:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 200)
Getting ready for the start
Alfred on the bow of Katz Alfred, the race officer aboard Katzenellenbogen, with lines in hand as they approach the dock after a long day at sea.
(2014-05-01 15:10:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Alfred on the bow of Katz
Katzenellenbogen coming in The other committe boat, Katzenellenbogen, coming into the very tight dock space next to us.
(2014-05-01 15:10:48 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/500s] ISO 200)
Katzenellenbogen coming in
Discussing the races Discussing the races
(2014-05-02 08:46:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 200)
Discussing the races
Our recycling mascot We had a recycling mascot aboard on the last day!
(2014-05-02 09:05:16 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Our recycling mascot
Karen and Michele (and Ducky) Karen and Michele (and Ducky)
(2014-05-02 09:05:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/250s] ISO 200)
Karen and Michele (and Ducky)
Michele and her new friend. Michele and her new friend.
(2014-05-02 09:05:34 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Michele and her new friend.
Digital race timers These digital timers with integrated printout make it much simpler to get finish times when boats are close together.
(2014-05-02 09:06:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Digital race timers
Recycling Rubber Duck Recycling Rubber Duck
(2014-05-02 09:06:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Recycling Rubber Duck
Preparing the start line Getting the orange start buoy ready to drag and drop.
(2014-05-02 09:14:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Preparing the start line
Orange start bouy on the pin boat Orange start bouy on the pin boat
(2014-05-02 09:14:14 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Orange start bouy on the pin boat
Stephen and his artwork Stephen's artwork, despite being unsigned, had a much better reception at this vernissage than did my attempt from the previous day.
(2014-05-02 09:19:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Stephen and his artwork
Getting ready to finish the racers Getting ready to finish the racers
(2014-05-02 09:52:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Getting ready to finish the racers
Linda recognizing competitors Linda working to make sure that the boats are identified prior to the races beginning. Although they should sail close by to make sure that they do get recognized, some of them had a different interpretation of "close" and even binoculars didn't always resolve those numbers.
(2014-05-02 12:18:41 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/1000s] ISO 200)
Linda recognizing competitors
Wadadli beer after the finishes! Well, it's not all hard work and the boredom of waiting aboard the committee boat...
(2014-05-02 12:59:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 200)
Wadadli beer after the finishes!
   
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