Sailing Calendar Photographers

The J/Sailing Calendar could not exist without the extraordinary talents and artistry exhibited by this years' contributors of sailing photography.  From all over the world, this group of sailing photographers, many of whom are world renowned, award-winning photo-journalists, have experienced everything you could ever imagine to get "the perfect shot".

Many of these now grace the pages of this year's J/Sailing Calendar.  Shooting great sailboat photos takes extraordinary skill, timing and a bit of luck-- call it serendipity or perseverance, all of them can tell you that getting tossed around in small rubber inflatable boats (RIBS) can often be dangerous. But, when they get that perfect photograph, they know it.

It is through their work that we can enjoy the beauty of sailing as seen by their perspective on what makes a great sailing photo- the composition and interplay of light, contrast, waves, wind, clouds, sky, the landscape and seascape and how the sailboats themselves perform on the sea.  We consider ourselves fortunate to have such broad range of J's sailing off some of the world's most beautiful harbors and sea coasts, some of them have been beautifully captured by these remarkable photographers.  Please "meet" this year's J/Sailing Calendar photographers below and enjoy their work.

Bio ChapiChapi

Gonzalo Gomez Gomara, a.k.a. "Chapi", from Santander, Spain, started photography in 2006 after a severe knee injury prevented him playing professional sports. His sailing work started after a spectacular sunset sail on a little sailboat in Santander Bay. He recently published a book, "Santander- Luz del Norte" and is widely published in major sailing publications worldwide. See his work:

Bio GillesMartinRagetGilles Martin-Raget

After sailing as crew at a world-class level for 10 years, including FRANCE III in the 1983 America's Cup, Gilles has worked since 1986 as an independent marine photographer and journalist specializing in yachting and sailboat racing. Traveling from Marseilles, France, he covers all aspects of sailing, including interna-tional sailing events (7 America's Cup so far) and works for many prominent yachting magazines as well as sponsors, sailing events and builders.

Bio TimWright origTim Wright

Tim was living on his 34 ft sailing boat in the Caribbean and started to photograph yachts as a means of survival. Today he spends winters afloat in the Caribbean. Over recent years he's been active at regattas in the UK and the Mediterranean. Many sailors will instantly recognize his unique style. Where other photographers shoot from larger boats Tim works from a tiny inflatable, this gives him incredible maneuverability, allowing him to get close to the action.

Bio DanielForsterDaniel Forster

Since 1974, Daniel has covered ten America’s Cups and ten Olympic Games. Daniel’s photos have been on covers of magazines worldwide, including TIME more than once. Maxi-sailors Bill Koch & Larry Ellison have commissioned him for books documenting their passion for sailing. Daniel is a Rolex Yachting events photographer and has been engaged by corporations to document their participation in various world events, including the Volvo Ocean Race.

Bio OnneVanderwalOnne Van Der Wal

Onne has been photographing J/Boats in his hometown of Newport, RI and at regattas around the world for his entire 27 year career. His award-winning photos of yachts, classic sailboats, commercial shipping, landscape and seascapes and fine art prints are available for sale in his Newport Gallery on Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI. If you're in town, please stop in and see why his work is among the best, or you may shop online.

Bio RickTomlinsonRick Tomlinson

Rick is best known for capturing the Southern Ocean aboard various yachts in the Whitbread Round the World Race. After growing up on the Isle of Man, dreaming of the Whitbread Race, Rick joined Duran Duran’s rock star- Simon Le Bon- aboard DRUM & sailed the Whitbread Race in 1985. That opportunity changed his life forever, transitioning full-time to professional photography.  Eventually Rick sailed in four Whitbreads. Recently, he was official photographer for the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2 and 2008-9; and the GBR Challenge NZ 2002.

Bio PaulWyethPaul Wyeth

Based in Southampton, England, Paul has lived and worked by the sea all his life. Apart from studying for a design degree, the sea has always been central to him; teaching sailing, boat building and work for the RYA. His design talent combines well with hands-on experience at sea. An understanding of light and a passion for capturing the energy and grace of the sea is his driving force. Paul shoots from a small RIB, allowing him to get right into the action. Many of his shots appear in major Yachting publications in addition to work for clients such as : Volvo, JP Morgan, CrewSaver, Musto, and Yachts and Yachting, to name a few.

Bio TimWilkesV2Tim Wilkes

From his base in Rochester, NY, Tim has been shooting award-winning work for over 20 years in both architecture and sailing; including winning numerous, prestigious American Institute of Architecture (AIA) design competitions. Answering the siren call of sailing, Tim started sailing Sunfish as a kid, then on a J/24. Today, he's shooting the world's most prestigious regattas and is the Official Photographer for Key West, Miami Grand Prix and numerous World Championships. Tim is published in over 20 countries


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Sailing for Life in Better Sailboats

Sailing is the ultimate freedom, the experience of being at one with nature and the sea, powered only by the wind and one's imagination. It's one of the few "life sports" that offers both a relaxing escape as well as an invigorating challenge. You pick your level of comfort and excitement. Sailing is never the same twice - each time on the water with your sailboat is a unique adventure that can enrich friendships, strengthen family ties, and refresh one's own sense of well-being. How many other outdoor activities can be shared with three or more family generations?  It's been said there are two types of sailors in the world - the young and the young-at-heart.

What a Difference a J Makes

Fulfilling those sailing dreams starts with finding a sailboat that fits you - whether you aspire to sail close to home, cruise to distant shores, or take up the challenge of competitive sailing. Performance differences between sailboats are greater than differences between golf clubs, tennis rackets, skis or cars. A well-designed sailboat, like a good sports car, is an extension of its owner. It could take years of sailing other boats to learn the difference that good design and quality make to one's sailing enjoyment. Or, you can save time and take advantage of what we've designed into every "J."

J/121 Offshore Speedster for 5 or fewer Crew

J/121 offshore speedster sailing off Newport The J/121 is a 40’ offshore speedster that can be day raced or distance sailed by just 5 or fewer crew…. the best short-handed J ever…. capable of winning on any race track while also excelling in daysailing and weekend mode. J/121 redefines offshore sailboat racing as a recreation and shared adventure with friends - fulfilling the growing need to simplify life and reconnect with those you really want to sail with on a boat that’s pure magic to sail. Learn more about J/121 here.

Elegance, Comfort & Style- J/112E

J112E 01 19986J/112E is the newest “E” Series of sport-cruising yachts.  An Evolution of Elegant performance cruising design. This dual- purpose 36 footer has a spacious two-cabin layout and a roomy, comfortable,  cockpit.  Perfect for the annual club cruise, offshore racing or short-handed blue-water sailing.  Learn about J/112E here.

A Family-friendly One-Design & Daysailer - J/88

J88 SolarSailer cockpit 001 18209The J/88 combines big boat feel with sportsboat- like acceleration.  Add a weekend interior, inboard head, engine and huge cockpit and you have a versatile 29 footer.  Blistering upwind speed of 6.5 kts and trailblazing speed offshore means smiles all around as you collect both the silverware and priceless sailing memories. Learn more about J/88 here.

J/99 - Offshore Shorthanded Speedster

J70upwind 1117 665 400 80J/99 is the newest offshore speedster. It combines headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven response of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew. J/99 has garnered numerous awards; including British Yachting Awards- Performance Boat, SAIL Best Boats- Performance Boat, and SAILING WORLD Boat of the Year- Best Crossover Boat. Learn more about J/99 here.

J/70 - The Sportboat Changing Sailing

J70upwind 1117 665 400 80The J/70 speedster is a fun, fast, stable, 22 footer that can be towed behind a small SUV and ramped launched and rigged by two people.  J/70 sails upwind like her larger sibling (the J/80) and off the wind she simply flies - planing fast in moderate winds. With 1,400+ boats delivered worldwide, the choice is clear. Learn more about J/70 here.

J/Sailing Calendar 2020

JGear marquee 2018The Perfect Gift For People Who Love Sailing!
For 2020 we've created another beautiful calendar for J sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world.  Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in far away places. 

The 2020 sailing calendar features photos of J/24s, J/70s, J/80s, J/99, J/111s, J/121, and J/122 sailing in some of the worlds most popular waters; such as Newport, Palma Mallorca, St Barths, Chicago, Chile, Switzerland, Torquay, Valle de Bravo, and Lago di Garda. A great gift for loved ones, family, friends and crew (see gallery here). Order your 2020 J/Calendar today!

Upcoming Sailing Events

Jan 10-12- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II-Tampa, FL
Jan 23- STC Lauderdale to Key West Race- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jan 23-26- J/Fest St. Petersburg- St Petersburg, FL
Jan 25-26- J/70 Bacardi Winter Series II- Miami, FL
Jan 26-31- Grenada Sailing Week- St Georges, Grenada, West Indies
Feb 7-9- J/70 Davis Island Winter Series III-Tampa, FL
Feb 14-16- St Petersburg NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 20-23- J/70 Midwinter Championship- Miami, FL
Mar 4-7- J/70 Bacardi Cup- Miami, FL
Mar 5-8- St Maarten Heineken Regatta- Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten
Mar 5- Puerto Vallarta Race- San Diego, CA
Mar 6-8- St. Croix International Regatta- Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
Mar 10- SORC Miami to Eleuthera Race- Miami, FL
Mar 17-21- St. Augustine Race Week- St. Augustine, FL
Mar 20-22- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
Mar 26-29- St. Thomas International Regatta- St. Thomas, USVI
Mar 30- Apr1- BVI Spring Regatta- Road Town, Tortola, BVI
Apr 12-18- Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta- Gustavia, St Barthelemy
Apr 17-25- EDHEC J/80 Sailing Cup Regatta- Port du Crouesty, France
Apr 23-26- Charleston Race Week- Charleston, SC
Apr 26- May 1- Antigua Sailing Week- English Harbour, Antigua

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