Challenge III (1985)

Yacht: Challenge III

Race: Sydney Hobart

Year: 1985

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My strategy was to take a twin-engine Aero Commander to Sydney, then hire a Cessna 172 and photograph the fleet along the coast off Wollongong before there were retirements. These images ensured that I photographed almost every yacht before flying out to sea on the next day looking for rough weather.

Lou Abrahams’ Challenge III was photographed on Boxing Day off Wollongong in the company of several other boats. Late afternoon light and a stormy sky added to the beautiful feel of the image. Lou was a gentle, appreciative man who always came along to our display at Constitution Dock. He became such a good customer that I knew his address from memory.


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