In the words of Dennis St. Onge, "Yellow is fast."
He's the captain of a 1940s Ford woody station wagon-turned-motorboat that will be hard to miss at the start of this weekend's 65th annual Newport to Ensenada yacht race.
"And yellow is going to win this year. Mark my words!" he added, rooting specifically for the 1980s, yellow carbon fiber monohull Taxi Dancer, which placed in the race's top 10 in 2011.
St. Onge, a San Diego resident and professional photographer, has shared the waters with Newport to Ensenada racers since 1993. He uses his sunflower yellow, car-shaped boat to provoke smiles of race attendees and participants alike.
From his sunroof, he has a bird's-eye view of the entire competition.
"I'm kind of all over the roof, which you can bet gives me the ultimate photo platform," he said. "My main goal, though, is to never have an effect on the race other than being positive and helping people have fun. It's kind of like being a seagull."