Blustery wind, blue skies, billowing clouds and whole lot of boisterous parties 

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Sail Pass 2017 at ABYC
It was touch and go to weather we could get our engine running in time. But keeping a good positive attitude and our reliable mechanic  Mark Bird to our rescue. We joined the ABYC fleet, for the annual sail pass festivities.

The boats head out for a quick sail.  following the rear commodores vessel. Then in a single file fashion the boats pass the committee boat and receive their salute from the commodore.

Then back to their slips to entertain, have a few cocktails and officially celebrate the sailing season.
Crew this Season was Brad and I, Kevin, Robyn &Sandi,Amanda & Kathy

thank-you mother nature for cooperating with us



 
 

Great Weekend to be out on the water Photographing for a living


PictureMy favourite shot from the weekend
The anticipation before an event is always stressful, as some of the variables are unforeseen.

Not to mention the water levels.

The days forecast called for no wind but luckily the wind eventually built as the day progressed.

The Canada 150 theme was prevalent.  With great spirit, we flew the Canadian flag and Canadian pins for the all the racers.

Some racers were optimistic and others pessimistic about the wind.  But they were ready to race no matter what.  With their brand new Evolution Sails T shirts, the racing got off to a great start.

From a photographers point of view, the low winds, dramatic sky, and spectral highlights peeking out of the clouds made for great pictures.  At one point it looked like mountains were in the background and not the Scarborough bluffs.

 After racing, pretty much all the racer returned back to ABYC. Even though a lot had to go back to their own clubs, put away their boats, then return for the festivities.

Paul James, our afternoon headlining band was a super treat for music lovers.  An awesome all you can eat BBQ, with the outside bar serving dark and stormies and locally brewed beer.

Short speeches and a quick delivery of the winners from the day’s races, kept the momentum going.  Many racers and our club members danced the night away to the Suburban Outlaws. 

Day Two, with only the Viper Boats and J/24 fleet racing.   The fog became a serious problem for starting any race. The committee boat at one point couldn’t even see the starting marker buoy. As the fog lifted and then filled in then lifted then filled in again and again.  We finally got in a race to photograph.  Wind was coming from the east steadily, so for a spectator/photographer on a 16ft zodiac it was Lumpy, fogy and windy. But for the racers, perfect! 

All in all it was a great weekend, great food, great volunteers and best paparazzi boat drivers ever. 

Thank you Dave and Bob



Tell me what your favourite shot is from my gallery

click below to find all of the shots from the weekend

 
 

A few samples of my work

I have another passion other than documenting peoples lives. 
Custom Boat Upholstery
I find myself drawn to my sewing machine and challenging myself with unique projects.
Probably the digital era of photography that limits the work to a computer enticed me to create this added labour of love.

Here are some of the projects I have created

 
 
PictureSoft September Light
Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club 



First Race for the series E at the club.  
From a photographer's point of view. the lighting,wind,temperature and Mike my driver were perfect.  

Don't ya just love September!


A few of my favorite shots from the evening

to view some more 

 
 
Pictureperfect winds at ABYC
An absolutely gorgeous day for opening up our club to the boating enthusiast.
We saw a steady stream of participants eager to get out on the water and had all sorts of members ready and waiting to take a group or two for an afternoon sail.
Rob Faulkner was an awesome host by leading groups around the club grounds by introducing them to the surroundings. Out on the water they did go and on their return a bbq to boot.

June 25th 2016 clubs and organizations across Ontario will be opening their doors to you so that you can try the sports of sailing and rowing. Get out on the water is brought to you by Ontario Sailing and ROWONTARIO and we will be with you every step of the way.
The Members of Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club invite you to come enjoy and experience the fun of being At Home on the Water by Getting Out on the Water! This free event will take place from 11am - 3pm on June 25th. Hope you can join us for this fun filled event that provides an opportunity to get out sailing, racing, cruising, kayaking, paddle boarding or windsurfing.  http://abyc.on.ca/
 
 

Love Nature and enjoy the outdoors

The other day I noticed David Suzuki on Face Bock.  He is  promoting #LoveNature.  He suggest we all get outside for thirty days for thirty min. Well now that the #truant is going in the water any day now that should be a breeze (pun intended). I am going to take the challenge a litle further and take a nature photo daily while i am enjoying the thirty min per day #LoveNature  #Photoaday  #iphone
PictureStarting my indoor garden
This Challenge Stars in May so for now i #LOVENATURE
indoors right now.

 
 
 
 

2015  SKIPPERS' PLAN J/24 CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 

20 boats came out for the J/24 Canadian Championships.  
The weather couldn't have cooperated better.
Saturday was exhilarating. 
It was hard to keep the camera steady. 
With swells easily 8 feet at times and winds gusting to 20 knots.
Sunday we had a photographers dream day with blue blue skies, flat seas, and a steady 5-10 knot breeze. 
The competitors had a great time dancing to the ABYC house band on Saturday night  and picking up awards for their hard earn wins on Sunday.
 
 
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Here ye Here ye
J/24 Canadian Championships 

this weekend at Ashbridges bay Yacht Club.
Sept. 17- 20th 2015
over 20 boats registered that will make for stellar images of the fleet.
I am looking forward to strong winds blue sky and lots of boat orders.
see all you sailors  at the regatta

--Donna--

Remembering Lyra 2014
 what a great job ABYC does on each and every event