New limited edition book


Photographing the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
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The ultimate presentation.
Across five decades presents the story of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race over the past five decades, through the eyes of a master photographer. Both in words and images, this is a bird’s eye view and a behind the scenes account of the defining moments of this world-famous race. It also tells the story of how an avid adventurer became one of the world’s most identifiable and celebrated yacht race photographers.

This collector’s edition art book is presented in a heavyweight clamshell case and measures 430mm x430mm including 110 pages and weighs 6.7 kilograms. The edition is limited to just 170 numbered and hand signed copies (The number of entries in the 75th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race).

The text, written by the photographer and Mark Whittaker, a Walkley award winning journalist, will have you laughing and crying as you experience the race from this unique perspective.

This stunning collectable story includes more than 70 of Richard’s favourite and best-known photographs. It also includes the best images of the 75th race and can include one image of your own yacht from any year.

It is hand crafted from the highest quality materials with the longest lifespan available.

The price of the book is $4995.00.


Your mastery of light and weather conditions is astonishingI have always said that the true professional must be able to make prevailing conditions work for him and not be seen as a liability.Your pictures are thrilling - and this from a non yachtie!

David Moore 1927 – 2003
David Moore was Australia’s most renowned and widely travelled photojournalist. His extraordinary archive covers both his homeland and the many countries and subjects he visited over a sixty-year career.From 1958 Moore travelled the world for his New York agency, Black Star, working for Time-Life Books, National Geographic and corporate industrial clients.
Recently I was extremely fortunate to review Richard Bennett's new book "Across Five Decades", this book is a collection of Richard's last 47 years taking his amazing photographs of the great Sydney - Hobart Yacht Race. The book is an absolute masterpiece that is beautifully presented in a bound cover and individually made to order. The limited edition will certainly become a collectors item, with the ability to include at least one photo of your yacht plus others from this year's 75th Race will also make this book special. Congratulations Richard on this brilliant book.

Christian Brook
Boat Books Australia
Richard’s pictures of ocean racing yachts always depict the mood of the sea scape surrounding them and so capture the emotions of moment of the sailors aboard them. “The harder it blows, the happier I am,” he says.

Bob Ross
Veteran CYCA member, yachting journalist and founding editor of Australian Sailing Magazine.

One of the two best books I’ve ever seen!

Christopher Pearce
Hobart Book Shop

Richard’s association with the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race spans ‘Across Five Decades’ and he has personally hand crafted this book to display his history with the race, including rare insights as to how his involvement started with the race in the 1970’s, various experiences he and his family have had with the race and viewing the magnificent images that Richard has printed on the finest quality paper to produce this extraordinary book. Reading the book is a memorable experience, firstly removing the book from its beautiful box with inlaid title, opening the first few pages with suspense and then admiring the unique method in which Richard has shared his experiences and images.

‘Across Five Decades’ proves that Richard is one of the finest photographers in Australia showing an eye for the ocean, coastline, yachts and finally the crews who sail to Hobart every year.

Bradshaw Kellett
CYCA Director and History/Archives
2019 28th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Start



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