Smile…you’re in the APS catalog!

Smile…you’re in the APS catalog!

We often get questions about the photos we use both on our site and in our catalog. Every year after the new catalogs drop I find myself fielding a fair amount of phone calls and emails from people wanting to know where they came from, who took them, and how they can get a copy. Occasionally, I even get a not so happy person threatening legal action for use of their “likelihood” or some such. It seems not everyone realizes that being in the APS catalog is the pinnacle of most sailor’s modeling careers…boy are those fun phone calls to get! In any case, back to the matter at hand…where do the images come from? How do you get a copy? How does one get chosen to be in the catalog?

APS works almost exclusively with our favorite sailing photographers at Photoboat. If you’ve done a regatta on the East coast of the US you’ve probably seen or almost run over Daniela and/or Allen zipping around in their 11′ ribs snapping photos.

Allen and Daniela use their own customized RIBs to zoom around the race course while photographing most events. They are harnessed in from the bow and hold on to a long tiller extension (reportedly made from a Laser top section complete with blue plastic caps). This enables the photographers to put themselves exactly where they want to be to get the right shot, without getting in the way or creating a large wake. Working exclusively with small inflatables and sometimes miles from shore they dart around the race course in pursuit of the kind of intense sailing shots at almost unreal proximity.

All other images we use are either vendor provided (just a few this year) or taken by ourselves…which James and I really get a kick out of doing too.

So, how do you get into the catalog? You can try bribes but James claims he can’t be bought. I, on the other hand, would suggest you put a smile on your face and keep an eye out for the Photoboat gang at your next event. What? Did you think I was going to say I could be bought? I’m too expensive so I think you should just check out Photoboat’s blog to keep up to date with which events they’re planning on going to this year or to read a bit more about the fun lives they lead on the other end of the lens.

Boat photographers Allen and Daniela provide the finest sailing regatta and boating photography anywhere, with specialties in commercial advertising photos, marine art prints, private yacht assignments and on-the-water event photography. They are based in Connecticut and regularly travel to Newport, Annapolis, Miami, Key West and other sailing hotspots. If you’re looking for a photographer or to get yourself a copy of an image you’ve seen in our catalog we encourage you to check out!

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  1. In case anyone is wondering, that’s me hotdogging with my home-built moth up at the AYC HPOD regatta last October. The design is by Bill Beaver (he named the Fastacraft inspired hull the Hungry Beaver) and is built with carbon skins over a nomex core. I took the boat to England in July for the ’08 worlds and will be driving cross country to Oregon in August for the ’09 Worlds to be held in the Gorge.

    Joe Bousquet
    Norfolk, VA

  2. Oh dude – Mark Thorpe would have steam coming out of his ears if he read that the Hungry Beaver was inspired by a Prowler!

    Bill named his design after the Hungry Tiger, an Australian design which heavily influenced Bill’s shape. The HT was far and away the most successful lowrider narrow skiff design prior to the advent of foilers. It was designed and built by Mark Thorpe, who himself sailed it to several world championships. Remarkably Thorpe even beat Rohan Veal in France despite Veal using foils, which was the last time a lowrider won a worlds (2003). The HT design continues to win from other shapes in non-foiling conditions, even when both are equipped with foils.

    The Hungry Tiger is, in turn, named after a steak restaurant in Japan. But that is a story best told by Mr. Thorpe himself, who last I heard will still gladly build Hungry Tigers for anyone interested.

  3. Karl (et al):

    My mistake. I supposed I thought the Prowler inspiration was due to the similarity of the lifting foils. Apologies to Mark Thorpe and all the Hungry Beasts everywhere.


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