JV: I was totally out of my comfort zone – I mean, I’m not a marine painter and had never even done any sailing. I rarely agree to do commissions because working to someone else’s brief can be a nightmare but, here, the Club said I could do what I wanted, whatever came to mind after spending some time at the Club and on the yacht. I didn’t have a muse or girlfriend at the time, so I had to work with a professional model, hired in for the job, and I just wasn’t used to that. I usually paint people that I know very well, if not intimately, and it was hard to get straight into the rapport that you need for the best results but we just had to get on with it as we only had four days for the preparatory work. It was quite stressful but I did enjoy it too – an amazing opportunity, made even more special by the late John Coombes, lending us two of his gorgeous vintage cars for the shoot. Sir Jackie had, as ever, stepped in when I mentioned to him that I needed help with sourcing the right cars for my ideas and at short notice – 24 hours later, I got a call from John Coombes, offering to loan his cars to us and it was quite a sight, seeing him arrive on the quayside in his 1930s Bugatti. It was such a privilege to meet him.