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St. Maarten | Twelve Metre Regatta – Chasing Light
All dougKIM photography Nikon

St. Maarten | Twelve Metre Regatta

Sailing on mutli-million dollar America’s Cup boats in the Caribbean is a dream opportunity. Unless you’ve been hired to shoot the event and because of the gear, you cannot participate. I love sailing and have spent some time on boats and it was tough to be on these incredibly crafted boats, cradling my gear and watching others grind and tack.

These photos were from St. Maarten on board the Stars and Stripes, racing against the Canada II. The water glimmered, the sun was bright, the winds were brisk, our boats skimmed the surface of a jewel all afternoon long.

The one downside was that I was sprayed several times and the salt water damage to my D300 and D200 still exists, even after several visits to the Nikon Repair Service. Nothing kills gear like salt water.

Oh, and we lost to Canada II. Bastards.

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Grinders! 12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

Grinders! 12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 12-24mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

12 metre regatta, St. Maarten, Nikon D300, 80-200mm Nikkor © Doug Kim

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