America's Cup races, regattas around the world, and Olympic sailing competitions are the classic yachting events where the most picturesque sailing takes place. This broad spectrum of yachting fascinates versatile professional photographer Heinrich Hecht. Over twenty years (1984 to 2008) of Hecht's work is presented here. Twelve chapters are organized specifically to show highlights of the sport: the sail, speed, classic beauty, dinghies and keelboats, the crew, regattas, sailors, the wind, waves, and light. These are themes illustrated by over 300 dynamic color photographs. Be transported through these brilliant images to far-flung races featuring extremely skillful, famous sailors.
Heinrich Hecht (www.heinrichhecht.de) has ranked among the world's most renowned sailing photographers for more than twenty years. He uses a 17 x 6 panoramic camera with a boom when he is working in a helicopter. Hans-Harald Schack, journalist and author, has reported on sailing since the 1980s. He works in Berlin and sails on the Baltic Sea.