Kelpie of Falmouth Cannes + Saint-Tropez 2014
This album is part of an ongoing commission to produce photographs and video for the owner's representative and project leader for 'KELPIE OF FALMOUTH', Charlie Wroe – Captain of 'MARIETTE of 1915'.
KELPIE OF FALMOUTH is an American designed and built 79ft schooner, originally launched in 1929 in Bristol, Maine (US) and called 'Hopeful'. She was designed by Francis Sweisguth, who designed the Star Class, she was built alongside fishing schooners of which were the shipwrights staple in that area at the time. In late 2011, Charlie Wroe was looking for a suitable 'racing tender' for Herreshoff schooner MARIETTE, he came across KELPIE in California and acquired her. With a team behind him, Charlie orchestrated a journey for KEPIE of 9,000 nautical miles from San Fran to Gweek Quay in Cornwall, England. There she was rebuilt, re-launched by the start of the season in 2014.
Charlie Wroe and I have been working together from the start of the restoration under Classic Yacht TV. Gathering history, documenting the rebuild through video and now creating an up-to-date archive of photography.
The 2014 Cannes and Saint Tropez regattas were so much fun. The weather was variable with the best shots being captured in Saint Tropez on a day that the classics were kept stern-to due to high winds and sea-state. MARIETTE was present as the mothership, she was at anchor just outside the harbour at Saint Tropez. I was in the company of Emilie de Mesel, a freelance crew and captain, a long-term race crew team member from MARIETTE whom I shared a room with in Le Sube. This hotel is cool, having breakfast on the balcony overlooking Elena, the Wally's and of course the classics was just a treat - a very memorable experience!