As soon as I saw those bows I was pretty sure these were two…

As soon as I saw those bows I was pretty sure these were two J-class boats racing, so I went looking for more information. It turns out five J’s raced at the St. Barths Bucket Regatta last week, the first time since the 1930s that that many have been on a racecourse at the same time. That seemed a likely place for this shot to have been taken, and after a few minutes I found it.

Photo: Carlo Borlenghi

The boat in the foreground is Hanuman, a 2009 recreation of the great Endeavour II. The woman on the bow is photographer Shirley O’Hara Falcone.

Borlenghi’s caption doesn’t identify the boat in the background, but I suspect it’s Lionheart, built in 2010.

This image makes me think of my favorite quote from Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions:

For bringing us the horse we could almost forgive you for bringing us whiskey. Horses make a landscape look more beautiful.

Income inequality has exploded in the last few decades, and the resurgence of racing in “superyachts” like these J’s is a reflection of that. But I could almost forgive the modern robber barons when I see these boats on the water. They make the ocean more beautiful.

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Tags: sailing, superyachts, hanuman, lionheart, st barths bucket regatta 2013.

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