Eileen Ramsey Talk
Thursday 21st February 2019, Join Barry Picktall for an illustrated talk about Eileen Ramsey - The Queen of yachting photography.
Hamble based marine photographer Eileen Ramsey was at the centre of a unique post-WW2 period in yachting history when eccentrics ruled, records were there for the setting - and women were rarely found behind the lens!
But Eileen established herself as one of the greatest yachting photographers of her time, taking famous portraits of Sailing icons like Francis Chichester, Eric Tabarly, Olympians Rodney Pattisson and Keith Musto. She was the only photographer that Chichester ever allowed on his Gipsy Moth yachts and she worked closely with Ian Proctor, Jack Holt and Peter Milne, photographing the first examples of their famous dinghy designs. She even captured those notorious charmers Uffa Fox and Max Aitken without succumbing to their amorous advances - a badge of honour in those days!
Her unique archive, now managed by PPL Photo Agency, records the explosive growth in dinghy and offshore sailing during the post War years and includes the first Enterprises, Merlin Rockets, Mirrors, Ospreys 's and Britain'12m America's cup challengers Sceptre and Evaine.
Eileen, who died in 2017 at the age of 101, lived through a fascinating time in yachting history and her early pictures of Hamble show how the river changed from open anchorages and mud berths to become one of the most prestigious sailing venues in Britain.
Last updated 2:58pm on 11 February 2019