In a special member solo presentation, we are hosting Paul Murray’s Riding the Wind to celebrate Rhode Island’s sailing heritage with a focus on the 12-metre yachts, formerly America’s Cup contenders, and still actively Riding the Wind for leisure and competition. Previous versions of this exhibition have traveled widely across Cuba as part of a cultural mission in that island nation. Paul’s award-winning travel, nature, marine and aviation photography has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States as well as in Cuba, Greece, Hungary, and Spain.
Paul M Murray:
My interest in 12-metre yachting dates to my youth living in Newport, RI, during the heady days of America’s Cup 12-metre racing. As a kid watching the America’s Cup races from the deck of a U.S. Navy destroyer escort, I knew only a little about photography and less about sailing.
Growing up close to the waterfront, I enjoyed walking the piers during the America’s Cup activity. The 12-metre yachts always seemed sleek, well designed and a skillful integration of nautical engineering and beauty. Watching the crews, I appreciated the pride that they took in their teamwork, attention to detail, and their performance.
While I never became a sailor, I did pursue photography. Not until a decade ago did 12-metre yachting become one of several focal points for my photography. By that time, the America’s Cup had shifted from 12-metre designs to more high technology alternatives, but the 12-metre community worldwide was still very much alive, well and energetic.
My curated exhibition, “Riding the Wind”, focuses on the spirit, action, and intensity of 12-metre competitive sailing on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay and offshore waters over six years, and features at least ten of the yachts that participated in the America’s Cup races.
I hope you enjoy this view of these legendary yachts, their skilled crews, and the spirit of their competition.
In tandem with “Riding the Wind”, we have invited Rob Migliaccio and Daniel Forster to look at sailing on the collegiate level and the international stage to feature a selection of publication and award-winning photographs in Voyages and Victories.
Riding the Wind
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