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Coriolistic Anachronisms | Once Upon a Time, le Club

Coriolistic Anachronisms


Once Upon a Time, le Club

Twenty-two years ago, I was sailing around the globe aboard Club Med 1 and 2

For four years, I bounced from one tropical location to the next, tanned as a chocolate bar and barely drying up between dives.

Two of those years were spent aboard the Club’s sister sailing ships, Club Med 1 and Club Med 2, largest sailing vessels in the world. Being a dive instructor for Club Med tought me a lot about diving and even more about people. Unfortunately, it also tried to teach me to dance and I lost my left inner meniscus to a French Cancan in rough seas. To this day, I cannot kneel. Some say it’s a lack of modesty, I know it was the stage.

In those days I had grown a bit tired of photography and while my Minolta X-700 traveled with me, its shutter rarely clicked. So one day in St Thomas, I decided to buy a video camera. It was a Sony that recorded 8mm tapes. The quality wasn’t bad for the time, but I soon upgraded to a Hi-8 model with a slightly better image. The problem, however, was that editing hardware was expensive and out of reach. So when I left Club Med my many hours of recording slept in boxes for two decades, gathering dust as video technology evolved rapidly.

My tapes have become obsolete. Their image quality is laughable by today’s standards. But these are memories I cherish and I have always wanted to edit them for the fun of it, since I had already written about them.

I have decided to start producing more footage in the years to come, my gear having reached professional quality levels, and since editing is such an important part of the process, I figured the old Club Med tapes would be great practise. This is first blood. More will follow and the video quality will improve a bit after I switch to the new Hi-8 camera.

They say the key to walking is first taking baby steps. I’m still crawling and scrubbing the floor.

Watch Once Upon a Time, Club Med 1
For those of you reading me via the Feedburner RSS feed, here is a link to the video on Vimeo, as the above won’t work because of my own player’s embed code. Thanks Dru for catching that!


  • dinahmow

    Ooh! I did enjoy that. And I look forward to more. By the way, this is the best Vimeo I’ve seen;all others are unwatchable on my system.Maybe you took more care than most?

    Comment logged on 2014-3-29
    • Vince

      Hi Dinah,

      Thank you so much! You’re always the first the read me down there…

      I wish I could take credit for taking more care than others but unfortunately I can’t. It’s just that my original footage was such low resolution that I dared drop the bitrate lower than anyone else probably does on Vimeo…

      Comment logged on 2014-3-29
  • Dreamer

    I wonder how you feel, looking at those lovely old souvenirs. Emotional or completely detached ?

    Comment logged on 2014-3-29
    • Vince

      Totally emotional. As Philippe was saying recently, “Il faut bien avouer qu’à un certain âge on commence à regarder un peu plus qu’avant dans le rétroviseur.”

      Comment logged on 2014-3-29
  • Dreamer

    Well, just keep on looking, we’re right behind your shoulder and enjoying every bit of it.

    Comment logged on 2014-3-29
  • Kath

    The video has a very nostalgic feel to it like watching one of the old B&W trailers from the 30’s and 40’s Very enjoyable! Thanks for sharing.

    Comment logged on 2014-3-31

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