|Leeward Mark, Anchor Bay
by Robert Bethune
The leeward mark is the point on the course of a yacht race where all sorts of complicated things have to happen, all at the same time and in a swirl of commotion. The spinnaker has to come down, the jib has to go up, the yacht has to turn the mark as tightly as possible and all the other boats are all trying to do the same thing i the same place. It's a miracle that two hulls don't try to occupy the same water any more often than they do!
This image aims to capture not only the excitement, but the sheer size of the sails, the wind, and the boats. There are enormous forces involved, and though these boats may seem light, when one crunches on another's space, it's all about the power.
Anchor Bay is at the northern end of Lake St. Clair, not far north of Detroit. It has been a popular spot for yacht racing for many years, but as the water levels in the lakes grow lower, some boats don't have enough water under their keels to race there any more.
Like Big Kahuna, this image is meant to make a strong statement in a room, but it is not quite as large. It can be printed at sizes in the neighborhood of 21 by 14 inches or larger, and the strength of the shapes and the colors makes it an eyecatcher and a focal point.
The heart of this transformation lies in the abstract shapes and strong colors that take over as one moves into the image. What can this be? What sort of heavy, powerful forms move through this space? We have to remind ourselvs that these are creatures of the wind, but the wind that brings them into being is no mere breeze; it is the tremendously strong wind of the open water.
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