(Photo: Billy van der Wal)
“I think the nicest thing about the sea is that even though there are other people out there, it’s still very quiet…there are just so many times I’m out on the water in Narragansett Bay, which is a stunning piece of water, and the engine is off and we’re drifting or casting…and I look around at my driver and say ‘We live in the most beautiful part of the world’…”
Onne van der Wal has been a professional sailing photographer for over 25 years. He’s been as close to the north and south poles as you can get with a sailboat and, aboard every kind of yacht you could imagine, gone everywhere in between. Having completed more than ten trans-Atlantic crossings, he’s ridden out 80-knot winds off Tristan da Cunha, followed Shackleton’s expedition in the South Seas, and nearly lost his life photographing Tierra del Fuego. We caught up with him after the Antigua Classics.