Sailing Photo Safaris with Leighton O'Connor

Join regatta photographer Leighton O'Connor on one of his 2o16 Sailing Photo Safaris.  Leighton is going to show photo and sailing buffs how to photograph sailboat regattas.  Leighton has covered sailboat racing around the world including the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, BVI Spring Regatta, St. Thomas Rolex Regatta, Newport Bucket Regatta, Marblehead Halifax Ocean Race, Newport to Bermuda and Key West Race Week to name a few.  

Learn that right way to use auto focus while shooting a sailboat race. Leighton will  also cover strong composition principles, ISO, shutter speed and aperture setting. But more importantly where to position yourself on the race course to get the best action shots.  This will all take place on the 45ft power catamaran, Endeavour.  A very stable and comfortable platform for shooting races.  Endeavour will leave from Salem Willows Park Pier in Salem,  MA. Safaris will be limited to 15 photographers but a guest may join you for an additional fee of$50.  

While Leighton provides instructions he will share stories about sailing and driving various sailboats such as Volvo 70, Gunboat, RC 44, Extreme 40 and sailing with well known skippers like Ken Reed and Russell Coutts.  You will actually be photographing a real sailboat regatta. You may have the opportunity to photograph North Shore landmarks such as Marblehead Neck, Bakers Island and Hospital Point Light House if time permits.  On the way back to the dock Leighton will provide photo critiques on a 42" flat screen TV.  

Hunt's Photo & Video is a sponsor again this year.  They will be giving away gift cards. Hunt's Donald Toothaker will be on board to answer all those tough questions Leighton O'Connor can't answer. Donald is an expert on field photography and runs several of them through  the year.

32nd Gloucester Schooner Race

September 4th, 2016  (Sunday)

Register: www.sea-shuttle.com/special-events.html

Event website: Gloucester Schooner Race

Bring a guest for $50. They get lunch too and spectacular veiws. More information and purchase guest tickets: www.sea-shuttle.com/special-events.html

Contact Leighton if you would be interested in doing a Private Photo Safari for any of the below regattas. Chartering a helicopter is an option.

7/30 (Saturday)- Marblehead NOOD
8/13 (Saturday)- Corinthian Classic
8/27 (Saturday) - ONE Championship

$245 per a Photo Safari

Register on www.sea-shuttle.com/special-events.html


3-4 hours on the water on board the 45ft Endeavour.

Instructions before and during the regattas.

Use of Leighton's Canon lens.

Photo critiques on 42" flat screen TV on board after the regatta.

Lunch, snacks & unlimited non-alcoholic beverages & water.


SLR Digital Camera (Point & shoots cameras are not recommended)

At least a 200mm zoom or fixed lens

Plenty of SD cards

Plenty of batteries

Sun screen & a hat

Your sea legs




Bring a guest for an additional $50

Purchase alcoholic beverages on board

Vessel Details:

Restroom On Board

USCG Certified Vessel

42" Flat Screen TV

Sound System

Cash Bar

Images of Leighton's 2014 Photo Safaris

For more information feel free to email:  leighton@leightonoconnor.com

Leighton's website: www.leightonoconnor.com


Fine print: Sea Shuttle has to right to cancel a photo Safari due to bad weather. Your Photo Safari will be rescheduled for a similar sailboat race.