Eileen Ramsay: Queen of Yachting Photography
Eileen Ramsay was at the centre of a unique period in yachting history, and this wonderful book, featuring her classic photography, celebrates an extraordinary woman and her extraordinary subjects.
Eileen's heyday was between 1957 and 1970 - a time when eccentrics ruled, records were there for the setting, and women weren't often to be found behind the lens. But Eileen established herself as one of the greatest yachting photographers of her time, taking famous portraits of such sailing icons as Sir Francis Chichester, Eric Tabarly, Olympians including Rodney Pattisson and Keith Musto, and historic pictures from the first OSTAR (Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race). She was the only photographer Chichester allowed on his Gypsy Moth yachts, and managed to photograph the notorious charmers Uffa Fox and Max Aitken.
Her unique archive records the explosive growth in dinghy and offshore sailing during the post-war years, and includes pictures of the first Enterprises, Mirrors, Ospreys, Optimists and the first America's Cup 12 metres Sceptre and Evaine.
This beautiful book will feature:
- the post-war explosion in dinghy sailing
- the growth of offshore racing
- the pioneering days of the OSTAR race and solo circumnavigations
- the 12 metre class and the America's Cup
- post-war powerboat racing
There are also wonderful personal tributes to Eileen throughout by sailing personalities such as Vernon Stratton, Keith Musto and Uffa Fox.
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12 Metre 1967 Cowes Week Alec Rose America’s Cup archive became Beken Blondie Hasler Bourne End Week British built Camper & Nicholsons Cardinal Vertue championship Charles Currey Chichester’s colour Cowes Week Regatta Cowes/Torquay powerboat race crew Cutty Sark Daily Express Cowes/Torquay dinghy Don Shead downwind Eileen Ramsay Eileen recalls Eira Express Cowes/Torquay powerboat Fairey Marine Fastnet Race finished Folkboat Francis Chichester George Spiers Gipsy Moth Gipsy Moth IV Hamble Hamble River Ian Proctor International 14 Jack Holt Jean Lacombe keelboat Kelsall later Lively Lady magazines Max Aitken Medal Merlin Rocket multihull National 12 newspapers Olympic open meeting OPPOSITE Caption OSTAR Pen Duick Peter Milne Peter Twiss Plymouth portrait queen of yachting Ramsay’s represented Britain returned rigged Rodney Pattisson Rolleiflex camera sail solo sailor Savundra second OSTAR SKIPPER Solent Southampton Water spectator boat spinnaker Tabarly Thames Uffa Fox Val Howells yachting photography Yachts & Yachting