Amateur photographers win trip of a lifetime on Thalassa

04 September 2011

Amateur photographers win trip of a lifetime on Thalassa

Three talented amateur photographers were among the crew of Thalassa (Netherlands), the 47m barque in her race to Gdynia.  They each won a place on Race 2 after entering a photographic competition run by the Turku 2011 Foundation.  

Tero Rantaruikka, Gabriela Austeda and Barry Feldon (pictured) all became firm friends during the trip and thoroughly enjoyed their time on board.

Rantaruikka, lived in Kotka, Finland, at the time of Tall Ships Races in 2007 and has dreamed of taking part ever since.  “It was the best prize I could ever have” he said. 

Austrian Gabriela Austeda had been studying in Turku when she found out about the Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta but as the college semester ended in May she did not think she would be able be involved. However having read about the competition she had reason to stay!  And it was worth the wait as three of Gabrielle’s photographs were amongst those winning the most public votes.

Englishman Feldon, who now lives in the Finnish Archipelago, admitted that he is now “thoroughly hooked on tall ship sailing” and can’t wait to go again.  His first time sailing, he was one of the lucky few that were not seasick during the rough conditions on the first day.  “My highlight was without a doubt the third day of the race – by then those who had been ill were feeling better, everyone had got into the rhythm of the ship and were taking part in watches or going aloft and there was laughter, banter and good spirits everywhere”. 

Click here to view the trio’s photographic entries, along with others entered in the competition.  

The Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta is organised by Sail Training International

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