Hanging Out of a Helicopter Photographing Antigua Classics

Taking arial shots of Antigua Classics would be any photographers dream. And there I was – a complete amateur – and the opportunity was mine.

I couldn’t believe my luck when I was given the chance to join the press team in a helicopter, taking shots of the Antigua Classics race from 100 feet above sea level. Holy shit.


If you ever have the chance to visit Antigua during Classics and/or Sailing week (which falls mind-late April each year) hop on that plane. It’s incredible and the atmosphere is electric.

There is a buzz around the island at this time of year and there I was, right in the centre of it.

I couldn’t believe how close the helicopter pilot got to the boats. Absolutely fearless. The more experienced photographer next to me was great at directing him: Swoop left. Swoop right. Double back. Follow that boat.” As the pilot drastically altered the course of the helicopter, dropped altitude and narrowly missed the mast of one of the bigger boats, my heart was in my mouth and I loved it.


It was a bit of a challenge. Hanging out of the side of a helicopter, trying tirelessly to keep the camera steady against the relentless wind and desperately trying to forget the fact that I could very easily plummet to my doom. But I did my best to capture a slice of the action!

I’d love to hear what you think!



  • http://www.yearofadventureidaho.com Sara

    Wow, Gabrielle, these are amazing! I particularly like the middle shot in the post.

    • theglobewanderers

      Sara, thank you so much for such a lovely comment. Really pleased you like the shots 🙂 Are you a fan of photography?