An exhibition of photos from this year’s voyage of the Hermione which took her from La Rochelle, on the west coast of France, the 21st February, around Spain into the Mediterranean. She will return to her home port of Rochefort, some twenty miles south of La Rochelle on Sunday 16th June. The exhibition is currently in place in anticipation of the ships return. My photos are mainly from the the first leg to Tangier and present the viewer with an experience of sailing aboard an eighteenth century frigate in violent Atlantic wintertime conditions.



Escale à Sète 2018

27 mars 2018

L’Hermione a ouvert la fête Escale à Sète ce matin en tête de la parade inaugurale

Pour voir quelques images de son voyage depuis La Rochelle cliquer ici


L’Hermione led the parade to open the festival Escale à Sète this morning.

To see some images from her voyage from La Rochelle click here



With festival director Wolgang Idiri

Avec le directeur de la fête, Wolfgang Idiri

Pour ceux et celles qui n’ont pas pu venir pendant L’escale de L’Hermione à Condé sur Noireau en juillet, voici une autre occasion de voir mon diaporama dans la région :

replica frigate built in Rochefort, France by the Association Hermione La Fayette


Corsica Classics 2016


I am in Corsica for the week following the Corsica Classics regatta.

The first racing day was Monday with an excellent race in the bay of Ajaccio where the thirty classic yachts present vied with one another for the Ajaccio Trophy that was presented to the winning team, Serenade,  during a cocktail at Ajaccio town hall in the evening.

Tuesday the fleet sailed off with a breeze of 15 knots to the day’s destination of an anchorage in Cala d’Orzo where all had dinner and enjoyed a beach party « Chez Francis ». I sailed there as a guest aboard the yawl Patna 1920, designed by Nicholson.

Today I am aboard Halloween, one of the regatta’s support vessels this year, racing towards Bonifacio. This evening crew will be at liberty to explore the ancient town.

Je suis en corse en train de suivre la Corsica Classic regatta. La première journée de course était lundi, quand la flotte d’une trentaine de beaux yachts classiques était en lice pour le Trophée de la Ville d’Ajaccio, décerné au vainqueur du jour, Serenade, lors d’un  « cocktail » à la mairie pendant la soirée.

Mardi, les concurrents partaient dans une bonne brise de 15 nœuds avec, pour destination, un mouillage à Cala d’Orzo, où la soirée s’est terminée tard avec un superbe diner et  « beach party » Chez Francis. J’ai fait la course comme invité à bord du yawl de 1920 dessiné par Nicholson, Patna.

Aujourd’hui je suis à bord d’un « support ships » de la régate, Halloween, cotre aurique de la table de dessin  de Fife en 1926, pendant qu’on régate vers Bonifacio où les équipages auront quartier libre pour explorer l’ancienne ville ce soir.

Corsica Classics 2016




Corsica Classics 2016

Corsica Classics 2016



Corsica Classics 2016

Corsica Classics 2016

Corsica Classics 2016

Corsica Classics 2016


Corsica Classics 2016


Corsica Classics 2016


Corsica Classics 2016



Voiles au Vent

4 mars 2016


flag_fsA partir d’aujourd’hui vous pouvez visiter ma dernière exposition, Voiles au Vent, dans le restaurant Les Longitudes de la Corderie Royale de Rochefort, France. Cette collection de mes images, tirée de plusieurs de mes reportages, s’inscrit dans la thématique de l’exposition temporaire actuelle de la Corderie : Face au Vent.

flag_uksYou can visit my latest exhibition, Voiles au Vent (Sails in the Wind), at the restaurant Les Longitudes at the Corderie Royale in Rochefort, France. The images in this collection are extracts from many different reports along the theme of the Corderie’s current temporary exhibition Face au Vent (Before the Wind), which is displayed till the end of the year.

L’accrochage ce matin :

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Latest publication

2 mai 2014

Nice surprise going to the letter box just now. The postman brought me a copy of the latest Wooden Boat magazine. In it is an excellent article by Peter Neill on the great contribution of Bernard Cadoret and his wife Michèle to the traditional boating scene in Europe and probably worldwide, as we now know it. They were of course founders of the French magazine of reference: Le Chasse Marée, but also instigators of maritime festivals in Brittany, the first really major one being Brest 1992 and the competition that resulted in many tradtional craft being recreated. I received a copy of the magazine as I have a photo in the article that I took during the last festival at Brest in 2012. It was a surprise as I didn’t know they were going to use this aerial image they had in their stock of my pictures. An even nicer surprise as there was a cheque included in the package – certain other publications that use my – and other photographers – work, please take note! No endless phone calls chasing over due fees is a true pleasure – thank you the Wooden Boat team.WB.compo

flag_uks   Same subject as the previous article, but this time in black and white

flag_fs  Au même sujet, mais cette fois en monochrome