"One of the constant challenges for a sports photographer is to try and come up with new and interesting viewpoints to photograph from. One of the joys of the classic yachting circuit particularly in the Mediterranean are the host cities: Monaco, Naples, Barcelona, Saint-Tropez. Beautiful sailing waters and stunning backdrops. However, once the racing has started and the yachts are clear of the city backdrops things can get more tricky. Solid blue sky and sea combined with harsh midday sun can make photographing the yachts difficult. It's normally around this time of the race that I turn my camera onto the boat itself. This photograph was taken from the mast during a race in Saint-Tropez. I like the symmetry of the composition; the way the spinnaker pole disappears out of shot and how the wake falls evenly on either side of the hull. The black hatch where they stow the sails is quite foreboding as well."