Having grown up in the town of Lymington along the south coast of the UK, Abi Simpson has been sailing all her life. This love for the water has worked its way into her yachting photography making it the focal point of her personal photographic work.
“My first time on a yacht was when I was 9 days old. There’s a photograph of me sitting on my father’s lap in a much-too-big life jacket, looking rather perplexed. Coming from a family of boat builders as well as sailors, sailing is quite literally a rite of passage. At the age of 16, I began to study photography seriously whilst still competing in sailing events during the week – this is where I decided to combine my love of the sea and taking photos.
After completing a degree in photography, I had the summer season available to attend as many sailing and photography trips as possible. My most memorable trip was with the beautiful classic yacht ‘Nancy’.
At 4 am I was awake and ready to be picked up by a member of the crew for our short trip across the English Channel for the 6 meter World Cup. After a few hours of playing board games on a tablet in the back of a car (whilst France whizzed past out the windows), we arrived at our destination, La Trinité-sur-Mer, to be greeted by a huge fleet of both classic and modern 6-metre yachts – and a free bar.
Throughout the week we had a real mix of weather types. Beautiful sunny days with perfect sailing conditions all the way through to gale force wind preventing us from racing altogether. Nancy held her own in each weather condition we encountered, she sliced through the water and really stood out from the 6-meter crowd with her beautiful silver sails. The crew really did work hard, but Nancy looked fantastic for it.
Photographing Nancy has really made me more determined than ever to pursue yachting photography and make a career from it.”
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