Through the Lens - Carlo Borlenghi
“This was an Incredible day,” recalls award-winning photographer, Carlo Borlenghi of Alinghi’s transportation across the Alps in 2009 for the 2010 America’s Cup campaign. “This day was one of the most interesting and strange shooting days that I’ve ever experienced.
“The rule for the America’s Cup in this period was that you had to build the boat in your own country, so Alinghi had to be transported from Geneva over the top of the Alps to Genoa - by helicopter! It was impossible to haul the 30m boat and mast by truck. There were four helicopters used for this trip: One flew in front of the convoy to check the weather, a second bigger one carried the mast (62 metres, 203 ft), a third ‘chopper’ transported the boat, and the last one with myself and Joe Jones, the cameraman to shoot and film the transfer of the boat.
“It was amazing because we had to cross two mountain passes and then made a stop to refuel. There was a huge crowd and all the traffic came to a standstill around the airport roads, and people were in the grounds watching. It was a really unique experience because I’ve never seen anything like this. I was really lucky to be the official photographer for Alinghi at that time. It was just luck and an amazing experience,” says Borlenghi whose images capture a unique perspective of the nautical world.
About Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi was born in 1956 in Bellano on Lake Como, Italy where he still lives today. He started his photographic career following local regattas and since then has become a world-famous photographer working for Rolex nautical events, the America’s Cup and much, much more.