2013-08-29 / News

Local photographer shoots SF regatta

Jamestown resident and nautical photographer Onne van der Wal was invited to shoot the O’Pen BIC High Wind Slalom Regatta on Aug. 22 in San Francisco.

“It was a blast to photograph,” said van der Wal, “and an honor to see these junior sailors shine in the spotlight of sailing’s biggest event: the America’s Cup.”

The popular event took place earlier this month with 26 sailors invited from yacht clubs and sailing programs from all over the country, as far away as New Zealand, Bermuda and Hawaii. The O’Pen BIC is a 9-foot boat designed for youth sailing at an advanced-intermediate level and is meant to be the follow up boat after Optimist dinghys.

The slalom course that was set up on the notoriously windy San Francisco Bay provided challenging conditions for the sailors, who are required to sail with helmets for safety on the rocket-like boats.

“I was blown away by the organization of not only the AC Open series, but in particular with the O’Pen BIC event,” said van der Wal.

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