Wood, Wind & Water: Nantucket Opera House Cup Race

TUE, OCT 7, 2003 (1:03:46)

Annie Converse and Camie Ford discuss their collaboration on the photographic essay Wood, Wind and Water, and the creative process that took years to complete. They familiarize the audience with the world of classic wooden yacht racing and restoration, which they have chronicled both in the book and in a 26-minute documentary video. The book, set in Nantucket, offers a rich, salty, and often humorous look at a global subculture glued together by a passion for classic wooden yachts. The video documentary follows many of the characters from the book to Antigua, where they race in the Antigua Classic Wooden Yacht Regatta. This race, in 1999, was the first time the J boats Shamrock V, Velsheda, and Endeavor had raced against one another since the 1930’s. Much of the footage in the documentary is shot aboard Shamrock V.

+ BIO: Anne T. Converse

Anne T. Converse is a New England-based, freelance documentary photographer. For the past twenty five years, Anne has been taking pictures that reflect her love for horses, wooden boats, people and places. She graduated in 1970 from Endicott College (Boston, MA) and furthered her education at the New England School of Photography from 1971 to 1973. Her travels have taken her throughout the United States and Alaska, to Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, Nepal, Africa, India, Sychelle Islands, Carribean, and Granada. She is co-author and photographer the book entitled Wood, Wind & Water, A Story of the Opera House Cup Race of Nantucket, released in June, 2002. She is also associate producer for the video documentary entitled Wood, Wind & Water, Classic Yacht Racing in Antigua Regatta, 1999.

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