Second Wind: The Snoek Refit with Onne van der Wal
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|Title||Second Wind: The Snoek Refit with Onne van der Wal|
|Original Post||August 6, 2019|
|Updated Post||August 28, 2019, September 7, 2019|
|Airdate||September 4 at 9 p.m., September 8 at 8 p.m.|
From the Arctic to the tropics, Newport-based nautical photographer Onne van der Wal has traveled the world for more than three decades capturing sailing’s most thrilling moments.
But it's always been aboard someone else's boat.
The documentary profiles Onne van der Wal personal journey from sailor to photographer, and highlights his solo refit of his Pearson 36, Snoek, named for the fish he caught as a child. The film shows Onne applying his training and skill, and the advice of professionals to finish the winter project in time to enjoy the Rhode Island sailing season with his family.
In the film, Onne describes his early days in apartheid South Africa where he grew up sailing and working on commercial fishing boats as a teenager. A poor student in a traditional classroom, Onne was encouraged by his father to attend a machinist trade school in Cape Town. Using vintage photos and vivid accounts, Onne shares how he became a professional crew member racing large sailboats, and went on to crew aboard the famous Dutch boat, FLYER, in the 1981/82 Whitbread around-the-world race.
While at sea, Onne began documenting his journey through photography. Through some well-timed opportunities, Onne launched what has become a long and successful career as a nautical photographer.
"I've been very fortunate that with my camera I've been able to travel to the far corners of the world. But it's always been on other people's boats. I wanted to get my own sailboat," van der Wal said. "It's a combination of having a beautiful boat to sail with, but it’s also going back to something I love doing - working with my hands."
- Onne van der Wal
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