1. I was asked by Anthony Kotoun and Matt Knowles to shoot this event for 11th Hour Racing and Line Honors this past March in Key Largo, Florida. There wasn't much breeze and out of the three days of planned racing we got in one days racing. But that one day was amazing! What a great boat to shoot. I used the Canon XF 300 mounted on a EasyRig with a Kenyon 8x8 gyro to keep the camera steady. For the aerials I used a Phantom One with a GoPro and next time will be using the new Sea Hex six engine waterproof drone! Cant wait to get that puppy airborne. We also used two GoPro cameras mounted on the boats and rigs and they picked up the action very well from their different vantage points. I am looking forward to the next event in Rhode Island!.

    A big thank you to Adrian van der Wal for his help on location in Key Largo with hauling the gear around and flying the drone over the yacht club and race area and to Tate MacDowell for an excellent job on the edit of the video.

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  2. A look at Onne van der Wal shooting stills and video on the water. Onne is Canon Explorer of Light and Lexar Elite and went before the camera on the bay in San Francisco to show what it takes to capture the action from a bouncy chase boat. Onne shot the stills with a Canon EOS 1 Dx with a 200-400mm F4 Canon lens and for the video with a Canon EOS 1 Dc in 4K and the 70-200 F2.8 IS MKII lens loaded with a Lexar 128GB card! Yikes large card and super fast!! To steady his video camera he used a Kenyon Labs gyro mounted on the bottom of the camera and to keep all the cameras dry they were stowed in the new LowePro Dri Zone bags.

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  3. While shooting for an upcoming documentary called VANISHING SAIL, I put a VIO POV camera on the masthead of a local sailboat competing in the 2012 Grenada Sailing Festival. It was a very windy series and a capsize was inevitable. The camera is waterproof but when the boat capsized and was towed back to the beach at Grand Anse (on the island of Grenada) the mast head, pointing straight down, was dragged across the bottom with the camera attached! Yikes! No camera stays waterproof or in one piece in those conditions and it took on water and died. I retrieved the camera and removed the card which was then sent to Lexar for data retrieval. The card had been in the water for about 2 hours and so needed some special equipment to do this. So thanks to Lexar who retrieved the data I was able to put together this little video of the capsize (I kept the sound for the first 2 clips and there after there was too much wind noise so I deleted the sound so feel free to sing or whistle along). Also a big thanks to the local kids who raced the boat and put on a great show for my camera! They had a blast and loved the fact that we captured it all on video. This is Hollywood mon, we goin to be famos!

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  4. P2, a 125 ft Perini Navi 2008 built cruiser/racer sloop was kind enough to take me along for a days racing during the annual St.Barts Bucket. This event sets the bar pretty high! Your boat has to be at least 100 ft long to join the races, well most of the boats were probably closer to 150 ft and they had 47 entries plus they had a waiting list to join in the fun! Thanks to Jonathan for arranging my ride and to the owners for taking me along.
    Its a three day event, I spent a day on the water shooting from a chase boat which unfortunately was a grey rainy day, the second day was in a helicopter and the third day was on board P2! The last day was by far the most enjoyable. Filming from on board one of these ocean greyhounds is quite a treat!!

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  5. This is a short trailer to give you a feel of what the event in George Town, Exuma was all about (Truly amazing!). My work of this event in the Bahamas and the Grenada Sailing festival will be used in a full length documentary produced and directed by Alexis Andrews called "Vanishing Sail". This film will be about the last of the working sailboats and true local sailors that sailed them in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Follow the link here vanishingsail.com/home.html to read and see more about the documentary and get involved!

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