Video- 2011 September GMG Old Cuban Cigar and Folly Cove Rum Sail Aboard The Thomas E Lannon

Filmed With My Cheapo $79 Kodak Playsport Zx3 and using the Kayalu nClamp.

Some points about taking video-

The more steady you can hold your camera, the more pleasing the resulting video will be.  One way to accomplish this is holding your camera very steady.  You need to be very conscious of framing your shot properly and keeping the camera steady.  the much easier way is to use a tripod, or mount.  Using a mount or tripod there is no camera shake and your results will look immeasurably better than if you try to hand hold the camera.

Obviously carrying a huge tripod around can be cumbersome and you all know my feelings on being able to keep your camera gear on you to be able to capture the shots as they happen.  So many times a tripod is not going to be the answer.

The manfrotto modopocket which screws right into the universal camera mount and folds flush with the bottom of my camera is my number one camera accessory that I feel can help any photographer achieve much better results, especially with poor light (with good light photography is a snap, you just point and shoot and you don’t have to worry about camera shake because the time the lens will be open is so much shorter).

But for this application I used the kayalu nClamp with the toughbar extension.  Literally I screwed the Kodak Playsport Zx3 onto the Toughbar and clamped it onto a bolt that was attached to the mast, framed the shot and pressed record.  In this way I could sit back and enjoy the company on the boat and we got a nice video capturing the scene.





  • I was on pins and needles wondering if the video would stop before the launching of the Rubber Duck to the top of the mast. There she went in the last minute of the video.

    She loved the ride up there and rumors that she was smuggled out of the Cape Ann Brewery under the shirt of a pirate are completely unfounded. She did need a bath this morning but is none the worse for wear.

    ps. Kudos to Bobby Ryan and the Rum. That is some tasty rum.


  • Video was great. Bummed I couldn’t be there. Doesn’t Ed Collard have the nicest hair? Paul Morrison looked great too, and Joey looked like a movie star playing a lobster broker on a schooner cruise. Bob Ryan was smooth, Wendie Demuth looked sexy and R. Duck was obviously in 2nd heaven floating on that beautiful schooner.


  • Big kudos to Tom Ellis and crew on the Lannon, Paul with his awesome cigars from the Old Cuban Cigar Factory and of course Bob Ryan with his great spirits from Ryan & Woods. Thanks!!


  • Thank you all for a great evening. Starting At 14:40 of this vid listen to Jimmy T support his dory mates, then wait to see them pass by the stern of the Lannon. Try to think of about 400 sailing vessels hailin’ out o’ Gloucester. Many were Grand Bank Dory fishermen.The Dories they carried. 2 men to each. That is a lot of jobs just on the capture side. Add the “on shore” processing jobs. That completes the History lessson. Yes, Wendie did look good.


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