Peter La Fontaine has been sailing for over 35 years. Beginning his boating career at Blaigowrie Yacht Squadron sailing 125 dinghies, windsurfing and many other small sailing craft. Peter’s father Barry La Fontaine, also a very accomplished sailor then purchased a J24 and as such Peter spent many years sailing that class to the highest levels.
After sailing keel-boats for a number of years Peter moved back into dinghies and spent a many years racing the “Contender” class which is still considered one of the most difficult singled handed boats to sail.
Transferring to Perth WA, Peter joined the Watsonia 16ft skiff sailing team and raced competitively in Perth and around Australia for 4 years competing at the highest levels of competitive sailing.
Returning to Melbourne and Contender sailing, Peter competed in numerous state and national titles. In addition to dinghy sailing Peter has sailed competitively on a number of other classes such as sports boats and keel boats as well as windsurfing and kite boarding.
More recently Peter began racing Etchell’s and has competed at numerous State, National and World Titles events.
“Photography is a true passion of mine. I love everything about it. First of all it connects you to nature and combines technology (gadgets) to photograph the beauty of the natural world. Photographing boats, especially yachts is what I enjoy the most. Sailing represents one of the most environmental friendly forms of transport, capturing a boat moving through the water is a beautiful thing to watch.”
Peter La Fontaine