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yacht, Dark and Steamy, Cowes, Solent, yacht racing, DK 46
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Upwind Towards the Shore

Ian Finlay
Width: 40.5cm
Height: 33cm
Oil on board

About the artwork

The 46 footer 'Dark & Steamy' sails upwind in perfect sailing conditions. A little spray over the deck, the boat powered up and all the crew working hard to help get that extra tenth of a knot. After a couple of hours of upwind slog, they'll reach a turning mark, bear away and hoist a spinnaker for a quick blast downwind to the next mark. Simply, this is what is known as 'champagne sailing'. I have been an active yacht racer for all of my adult life. I wanted to give an impression of what it is like when the sun is out, there's a fresh, sea breeze powering the boat up and everything is as good as it could be. the Solent offers such a palette of colours that changes constantly. Although sometimes rare, this is the Solent offering her best colours and conditions.

About the artist

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