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Billy

Black

1956

Billy Black is a professional photographer known for his ability to capture the emotion and beauty of a sailor, boat, and team. 

 

Gryphon Solo 2 leaving Newport at the start of the Newport to Bermuda 1-2

 

Excerpt from his nomination: 

“Billy is a consummate sailor, and lover of classic naval architecture,” says Bernadette Bernon, editorial director of BoatUS Magazine, and former editorial director of Cruising World and Sailing World. “He intimately understands boats and what makes them beautiful, and he’s got the artistic skill to capture that essence. In particular, he’s a master of using natural light to set a mood, which makes his photographs come alive. Billy, always with a camera in hand, has an affinity for photographing long-distance solo sailors, and understands their passion for the sea, because he’s driven by it, too.”

One of Billy’s missions is to photograph not only the winners, but everyone who finished the BOC and the many Singlehanded Transatlantic Races he covered over the past 30 years. He has always believed that the last person to arrive, often weeks after the winner, should also be honored. In the 1992 OSTAR he missed only one of the 55 finishers.

From a client:

“Billy has a phenomenal ability to capture the emotion and beauty of a sailor, boat and team. From being there at all hours to capture the finish of an offshore race, to walking the docks capturing the camaraderie of the sailors and a little bit of everything in between, Billy brings a race to life. As the person who is on the other side gearing up to send images to the media or use in our social, web and email, I’m continually impressed by the photos coming back and always have many, many options to help tell the story of the race and sailors.”

-Julianna Barbieri Piggin, Manuka Sports Event Management

 

Geoff Alcorn on Saltram 36 Wind of Lorne II finishing the 2013 OSTAR in Newport RI

 

Contributing photographer:

  • Derecktor Shipyards 1984-present (covered campaigns for   Boomerang, Unfurled, Flying Goose Gray Goose, Encore, Secret Affair, Sleighride, Zingaro…)
  • Brooklin Boat Yard 1995-present (Sonny, Foggy, Goshawk, Wild Horses, …)
  • Concordia Custom Yachts 1994-1996 (Wallygator, Coyote)
  • Lyman-Morse Boatyard 1999-present (Windwalker, New Morning, Chewink, Aileen, Lion Heart, Baraka, Mala Conducta)
  • Hodgdon Yachts 2003-present (Scheherazade, Windcrest)
  • Principal photographer for documentary film on CSTAR 1988

 

Vento Di Dardegna skippered by Andrea Murd sailing into Newport at the Two Star double handed transat race.

 

Race Organizer’s photographer:

  • BOC Challenge 1990-91
  • BOC Challenge 1994-95
  • Bermuda 1-2 1997
  • Around Alone 1998
  • EUROPE-One STAR 2000
  • Around Alone 2002-2003
  • Bermuda 1-2 2003
  • Shipyard Cup 2005-2010
  • Newport Bucket 2005-2013
  • Onboard NYYC Invitational Regatta 2009
  • Onboard NYYC Invitational Regatta 2011
  • Onboard Twelve Meter World Cup 2009
  • Onboard Annapolis to Newport race 2011
  • Atlantic Cup 2011-2018
  • Onboard Marblehead to Halifax 2011
  • Candy Store Cup 2011-2019
  • Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race 2013
  • Onboard NYYC Invitational Regatta 2009-2015
  • Pineapple Cup 2015-2017
  • Newport Regatta 2016
  • Newport Regatta 2018
  • Newport Regatta 2019

 

 

Team still and video photographer: 

  • Warren Luhrs Thursday’s Child NY-SF record 1989
  • Jack Boye Project City Kids BOC 1990-91
  • Mike Plant Duracell BOC 1990-91
  • Hall Roth Sebago BOC 1990-91
  • Mike Plant Coyote Vendee Globe 1990-1992
  • Toshiba Adventure Racing 1994-1996
  • Steve Pettengill Hunter’s Child BOC 1994-95
  • David Scully Coyote BOC 1994-95
  • Robin Davie Cornwall 1994-95
  • David Adams True Blue 1994-95
  • Giovanni Soldini, Fila 1998
  • Jean Pierre Mouligne, Cray Valley 1996-2001
  • Brad Van Liew, Balance Bar 1996-2001
  • Steve Fossett, Playstation 1999-2002
  • Joe Harris Griffon Solo 1999-present
  • Ellen MacArthur Kingfisher 2000-2004
  • Bernard Stamm, Armor Lux 2002-2003
  • Emma Richards, Pindar 2002-2003
  • Graham Dalton, HSBC 2002-2003
  • Bruce Schwab, Ocean Planet 2002-2003
  • Alan Paris, BTC Velocity 2002-2003
  • Brad Van Liew, Tommy Hilfiger 2002-2003
  • Mari Cha transatlantic record 2003-2004
  • Whisper onboard for Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2004
  • Francis Joyon Eure et Lour Jules Verne Trophy 2005
  • Whisper onboard St. Barth’s Bucket 2005-2011
  • Onboard Remax for Gary Jobson Newport to Bermuda 2006
  • Bruno Peyron, Orange Telecom 2006
  • Alex Thompson, Hugo Boss 2007-2012
  • Bella Mente racing campaign 2008-2015
  • Gitana Cape Horn record 2008
  • ICAP Leopard Transatlantic record 2008
  • Onboard Giovanni Soldini Maserati Italia Ocean Records 2008-2011
  • Dorade, 2010-2018
  • Aegir Carbon Ocean Yachts 2011-2012
  • Spindrift Racing Transatlantic record 2012
  • Onboard P-2 2004-2014
  • Kiwi Spirit solo around the world 2012-2018
  • Longbow by Carbon Ocean Yachts 2014-2015
  • Erbil Arkin Tempus Fugit 2014
  • Running Tide refit and sailing 2018-present
  • Photographed destinations around the world for 30 years for private yachts and charter companies like Navigare, Moorings, and Sunsail. 
  • Boat of the Year photographer for Cruising World Magazine for 26 years
  • Hundreds of assignments for magazines including Sail, Sailing, Soundings, Wooden Boat, Outside Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Voiles et Voilier, The Guardian, and more.
  • Hundreds of magazine covers
  • Hundreds of advertising assignments to promote new sailboats and the sailing lifestyle
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Newport International Boat Show 2017

 

Commercial clients in addition to those mentioned above:

  • ABN Amro 
  • Akzo Nobel
  • Alerion
  • Balance Catamarans
  • Baltic Yachts
  • Bauch & Lomb
  • Bayer Ascension
  • Beneteau
  • Burgess Yachts
  • Camper & Nicholsons
  • Catalina Yachts
  • Churchill Yacht Partners
  • Comsat
  • Coors Brewing Company
  • Corsair
  • C.W Hood Yachts
  • David Walters Yachts
  • France Telecom
  • Fraser Yachts Worldwide
  • Gunboat
  • Harken
  • Hinckley
  • HH Yachts
  • Hylas Yachts
  • Island Packet
  • Italia Yachts
  • J/Boats
  • Jeanneau
  • Lagoon
  • Moët & Chandon
  • Morris Yachts
  • Motorola
  • Newport Shipyard
  • Nicholson Yacht Charters
  • North Sails
  • Northrop & Johnson
  • Oyster
  • Passport Yachts
  • Raymarine
  • Remy Martin
  • Rolex
  • Seawind
  • Sabre
  • Tartan
  • Van Dam Custom Boats
  • Worth Avenue Yachts

 

 

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