Corum Saphir – further reading

Corum SaphirWest Cowes Marina, Sketch

Corum immediately bought the painting, litterally, off the quayside.

Corum sponsored tyhe entire French Admiral’s Cup team, including the building of 3 new state of the art yachts,
Corum Saphir, the painting, the last I heard was in Switzerland with replicas of their team cups at the Corum HQ.

 

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I made my decision to ‘marine’ paint the colourful Corum Saphir while sketching in the West Cowes Marina.
With her stylish, colourful livery, keen team & reasonable track record she seemed a boat to watch.
Later when at sea, in full oil skins, working as famously did William Turner in the 1830’s, (‘Steamer in a Snow Storm‘) from the heavily pitching spray soaked deck of the 50’ official Rolex press launch, with a large sketch book which I still have.

In those pre digital days, several rolls of film were soon used, observed moments snatched from a near full gale.
The sketch book is truely unique and remarkable.

 

In the studio the numerous impressions were carefully assessed to find an essence.
A colour slide provided the action; but it was the wrong colours & wrong boats!

All was quickly changed.
In time for the end of the Fastnet Race my new painting surprised the crews as they stepped ashore having completed the often gruelling Fastnet Race and arrived safe at Queen Anne’s Battery Marina, Plymouth.
All were unanimously agreed, the atmosphere was exactly “it”.

While the Fastnet was in progress, for the artist that week finished with a 4 day cruise and race as a guest aboard the giant J Class yacht Velsheda (see Velsheda Vertigo ) courtesy of Tony Cox who’s company had been a client, so pleased they invited me to join their charter cruise.

 

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