Wharf Hockey


In Canada we have ice hockey. And then there is street hockey, for those times with no ice. But in the Newfoundland outport of La Poile, where there are no streets or roads, they have wharf hockey.

Of course, when you play wharf hockey, you need to have a good method of ball retrieval.


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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

5 comments… add one
  • David Nutt Jul 8, 2012, 7:42 am

    who says youth is wasted on the young?! make the most of all you have!

  • Paul Mills Jul 8, 2012, 7:43 am

    Ahh….. when I was a boy, all playing was done this way…… out on the street, bunch of mates, home made kit…. you tell that to kids today and they don’t beleive you!

  • Doug Jul 9, 2012, 11:33 am

    Now we have a new excuse for going back to LaPoile.. to watch wharf hockey. Love this human interest side of your blog.

  • Mike Gehl Jul 10, 2012, 2:36 am

    That, seriously, one of the nicest photos I’ve seen in a long while. Great composition, lighting, contrast (in shades as well as background/foreground)… damn.

    Please tell me you didn’t use the old Powershot you got 5 years ago that’s been sitting under your chart table. I’d have to start all over again 😉

  • John Jul 10, 2012, 9:07 am

    Hi Mike,

    How very kind, thank you. We really try very hard to make the photography on this site a cut above the average and it is really nice when someone notices and says so.

    I made the shot with a Panasonic G3 mirrorless camera and a 20mm (40mm equivalent) F1.7 prime at F1.8. I’m really liking these fast micro 4/3 prime lenses, particularly for this kind of “decisive moment” shooting. There would have been no way to get this shot with a slow zoom, or at least not with this kind of image quality. There is just an indefinable goodness about the files from these fast primes.

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