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 THE COVER SHOT : CHOPPY SEA

In a unanimous vote from the panel of judges, the winner of the IRC Yearbook 2014 cover photograph competition, run over the Summer by the RORC Rating Office in Lymington, Hampshire, is Barry James Wilson, an amateur photographer from Wiltshire, UK. Barry is well-known on the Solent racing events circuit and has been taking photographs at many of the key events such as AAM Cowes Week and the JPMAM Round the Island Race for ten years.

Barry's photograph 'Choppy Sea' was described by judge and professional yachting photographer Ian Roman as 'exciting'. Ian commented, 'It is clearly windy as all the boats are reefed, and the small detail of the pennant off the backstay shows that rather than being a collection of boats randomly beating in the same direction, they are racing. More than any of the other entries this image says "competitive racing for all".

The runner-up and also highly commended by the panel is Kevin Larkin's 'Spring Regatta' (UAE) captioned, "Competitors in the keel boat class beat up wind during their race in the Airbus Spring Regatta 2013 off the coast of Dubai, UAE."

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The runner-up:  Spring Regatta.
Credit: Kevin Larkin

 The Technical Manager at RORC Rating Office, Jenny Howells, said: "We thought we'd take a different approach with our 2014 Yearbook and give people the opportunity to interpret 'IRC is for all' in an image to feature on the cover of this annual publication. 

"We're delighted with the response we received. It's great to see that there are so many really good amateur photographers out there and we thank everyone who entered their images and our judges, Yachting World's Racing & Technical Editor Matt Sheahan, RORC's Technical Director Mike Urwin, award-winning photographer Ian Roman and the marine leisure PR consultant Peta Stuart-Hunt."  

Published for the RORC Rating Office by Yachting World in January 2014, the IRC Yearbook is distributed to over 4,500 boat owners, clubs and industry professionals in 20 countries around the world.

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