This painting is based on a photograph taken by photographer Alex Irwin during the 2012 Round The Island Race, Isle of Wight. As a painter, it was always my goal to paint this scene in a way that would clearly portray the challenging conditions of this particular race day. In some ways, this painting is more about the sea and sky than the actual boats, and this was important in order to create the right mood and atmosphere for the scene and to achieve the realism I was aiming for.
Round The Island Race, Isle of Wight, 2012
This painting is based on a photograph by Alex Irwin
Acrylic on Gallery Professional (44mm deep) medium grain cotton canvas made by Fine Art Canvases
24 x 36 x 1.75 inches (61 cm x 91.4 cm x 4.4 cm)
This painting is available at Echo Beach Gallery, 4 Broad Street, Ilfracombe, North Devon. EX34 9EE.
This marine painting features a number of boats competing in the Round The Island Race, held at the Isle of Wight each year.
Strong winds forced organisers to pull more than 70 competitors out of the race. Vessels in the smaller classes were retired before the start, due to increasing winds. The RNLI had to rescue a crew after their small multihull capsized on the north west of the island. Another thirty teams pulled out early due to the tough sailing conditions. First across the finish line, at Cowes, was French trimaran, Actual.
The 81st Round the Island Race, the biggest yacht race in the world, attracted an entry of 1,647 boats, across 25 classes. Only 1,198 crossed the finish line by the 10pm deadline.