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Trial Run

psyoshida
Member Since Feb 2, 2003
177 Images, Last upload Oct 6, 2012

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I have been around water and boats all my life. Even now I live on an island in a house on the water, however I am not a sailor, but a landlover. My brother on the other hand, built his first sailboat with my Grandfather when he was 10. He spent his summers at sailing camp in Cape Cod. His dream was to circumnavigate the globe in a sailboat.

To realize his dream he bought a Swan 65 foot sailboat. He refurbished the whole ship including new sails, colors (green and white), teak decks, interiors, new paint, ice maker, radar, etc, and renamed her Ichiban. Ichiban means "Number One" in Japanese, appropriate since it was the first hull design of that type that Swan made.

Off he sailed to go island hopping with his wife and crew. I was invited along but elected to fly to their next destination, Bermuda for a 2 week stay. They moored at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton. One day an old British gentleman who was moored several slips down, dropped by for a chat and he asked if Ichiban used to be called "Shambala"? My brother answered "Yes, it was". I was totally amazed that after all that had been done to the ship and the years that had passed he still recognized her. I was VERY impressed! I guess when you know something well enough, you know it, no matter what cosmetic changes take place.

What triggered this memory for me, was this ship, the Shamrock III. I wanted to read more about her race with "Reliance" in the America's Cup race of 1903. After reading all about the differences in designs, sizes, water lines, etc and looking at pictures of both ships, I could not tell the difference between them. They looked identical. Obviously, I am no match for the man in Bermuda.

A New York Times article written the day before the race mentioned that both ships were towed to Sandy Hook to their mooring for a final preparatory spin before the race.

This picture is my vision of Shamrock III's trial run before her defeat in New York in 1903 with a score of 3-0. It was the last race for ships of this "extreme" design.

Thanks to Don Webster (London224) for this beautiful sailing vessel available at C3D.

Thanks to all for your wonderful and generous comments on my last scene "Tornado". To those who asked, yes they do make it away from the tornado. I always like happy endings.
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Aug 19, 2012 6:04:14 pm
thought it was a photo my friend, would be super on my wall behind my couch. bet you enjoy where you live.

by eekdog Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 6:06:02 pm
I actually thought you posted a fantastic and beautiful photograph - I love sailing ships and this one is a beauty
I love your story of your brother's boat!

Very beautiful work

by Faemike55 Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 6:09:40 pm
Absolutely Beautiful..nice work!!

by brycek Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 6:18:38 pm
wonderful piece of art!

by sandra46 Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 6:32:27 pm
Tremendous work, good job.

by EricofSD Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 6:50:04 pm
Fantastic scene!

by JohnDelaquiox Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 6:52:15 pm
Wow - this is so beautiful!!!! Fantastic work with Vue & Don's model!!!!!

by Seahorse Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 7:04:40 pm
This is another masterpiece my friend, marvelous water effects and atmosphere, splendid realism, Very well conceived and realized as usual, loved it my friend, congratulations!

by mgtcs Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 7:05:04 pm
fantastic scene

by wrpspeed Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 7:22:45 pm
Hummm... It look like a photo lol... You made a genial work full of passions Tanks to share ((5++))

by mickeyrony Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 7:30:04 pm
That really is a nice and detailed model. And you showcase it beautifully in this seafaring image. Absolutely beautiful work. Very photographic.

by adorety Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 8:08:44 pm
Excellent realism here. Love the water (not easy to achieve that effect in Vue.) Great story, and History!

by jp3319 Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 8:57:53 pm
The water and waves looks great. Nice image.

by boobunny Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 9:04:04 pm
Nice work

by KenG Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 9:14:03 pm
wow excellent done on the water!!

by Kindredsoul Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 9:34:40 pm
Wonderful to see this lovely depiction of Shamrock III using my model. Your fine composition reminds me that I should go back and finish my canvas effort. Wonderful work on the waves btw. Nice writeup and thanks for the mention.

by London224 Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 11:04:39 pm
S.P.L.E.N.D.I.D. work ! Great composition and talent ! Thanks for your story !

by claude19 Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 11:17:51 pm
very interesting story and such realism

by Richardphotos Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 11:18:02 pm
wow this is a ship here.
hope your brother did sail around the world. may not been in 90 days but in many years.

by jocko500 Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 11:22:46 pm
Did quite a bit of sailing as a teenager on up till my mid twenties but have not been in at least twenty plus years. Nothing like being out there, miss it from time to time.

This is a most extraordinary image!

by 0rest4wicked Homepage »

Aug 19, 2012 11:45:11 pm
Fantastic job!! I liked the story from your childhood memories. The water and boat in this scene looks so lifelike. You upgraded your Vue right? Haha, makes me want to upgrade. lol. Thank you for your kind words on my crow upload. XD

by zangetsu4art Homepage »

Aug 20, 2012 12:09:50 am
bravo, i am an ex-sailor, love sailing, the center mast on this one is so tall and the sail must have been gigantic! i too thought was a photograph! excellent vue render! ride, captain, ride!:)*5

by cricke49 Homepage »

Aug 20, 2012 12:53:31 am
Magnificent Art!
My Dream too, sadly unfulfilled!

by DennisReed Homepage »

Aug 20, 2012 1:19:56 am
A stunning work of art! I so envy your brother. I had similar dreams when I was much younger. But such things must be done when you are young. As you age your energy level declines. Now days I travel by commercial jet.

by wysiwig Homepage »

Aug 20, 2012 1:51:37 am
Amazing and fabulous piece my friend!!!Bravissimo as usual!*V*:DDD.Hugsxx Whylma

by Mondwin Homepage »

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