As a yachting photographer whose hobby is sailing, ocean health immediately impacts both my livelihood and my happiness. The 11th Hour team, ambassadors, and grantees are all equally passionate about maintaining our environment and are top leaders of their respective fields. I am delighted to support the endeavors of such a passionate, active, and highly talented group.
An avid outdoor explorer with broad experience mountaineering, snowboarding, and mountain biking, Cory Silken’s main photographic and outdoor interest lies in yachting.
WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT SAILING AND THE OCEAN?
There is photographic evidence of me sailing before I was born! I have crewed aboard classic America’s Cup 12 Metres, and I’m a champion Herreshoff S Class. Studying Economics and Environmental Science while racing on the Boston University sailing team, gave me a great appreciation for the ocean as it affects the health of the ecosystem and, therefore, civilization and the economy.
Supporting the Mission
Cory has a passion for protecting the ocean. Now, as an 11th Hour Racing Ambassador, Cory helps to capture not only the beauty of the sea and sailing but also the work of 11th Hour Racing’s grantees and partners. His photography helps to shine a spotlight on how we can all be good ocean stewards and inspire the next generation to care for this precious resource. Through his work with many regattas and events around the world, Cory is also working to promote more sustainable event practices.
Cory frequently exhibits his fine artwork, and in 2012 he opened the Cory Silken Photography Gallery in Newport. His poster editions are distributed globally, through large retailers such as Ikea and Art.com, and have appeared as set dressings in movies and television series, such as Courtney Cox’s Cougar Town and Kelsey Grammar’s Boss. You may also find the Cory Silken Nautical Series wines from Mendocino County in a local shop!
While recognized for these fine art sailing images, Silken’s talent is now on call in the superyacht luxury lifestyle industry. Based in the Northeast USA, Silken regularly travels to the Caribbean and throughout the world for private and commercial projects. His dynamic and creative imagery appears in most of the major yachting magazines around the globe and is published in numerous books. His clients range from local organizations, such as the International Yacht Restoration School, to some of the top shipyards in the world, such as Royal Huisman and Pendennis, and he also photographs regattas for title sponsors such as Panerai and Bacardi.
Hometown: Boston, MA
Resides: Newport, RI
Cool Trick: finding lost things
Free Time: what’s that?
Bad Ass Moment: shooting helicopter aerials
Hidden Talent: finding lost things (for other people)
Guilty Pleasure: papaya
The Fridge: papaya
Best Advice: Take responsibility for yourself and believe in yourself.
Fun Fact: I have my own private signal flag
A rangefinder camera; waterproof camera covers, cases, and bags; quick-dry clothing head to toe