Last year Will was crowned 2014 J24 World Champion and 2014 US National Champion and he made the shortlist for Rolex sailor of the year, needless to say, he is a sailing hero to many! I have been in many regattas watching Will dominate fleets and I have had the honor of sailing on-board with him in championship regattas. He is an amazing mentor and teacher to the sailing community and a true gentleman on and off the water. When he came to Jacksonville and North Sails asked if I could help him by photographing an on the water workshop with North Sails and Fleet 55 I was thrilled. I have spent most of my life on the water and I when it comes to the sport of sailing I am normally competing in the race rather than shooting it. Here are a few photos of the North Sails workshop at The Florida Yacht Club.
Photography: Scott S. Smith
Scott grew up aboard a sailboat and is a USCG licensed Captain. He has been sailing since he was just six years old and he has competed in one design classes and PHRF events internationally most of his life. He has sailed with the infamous Team Tarheel in the J24 circuit since early 2000 having won several Southeast Titles, Midwinter Championships, and representing the USA in a number of World Championships. Team Tarheel placed 4th in the 2014 J24 World Championships in Newport, RI. and has consistently been at the front of fleets in regattas for years.