This time lapse video shows the amount of work that goes in to painting a 36 ft sailboat. The boat went in to the shed looking tired and badly in need of a fresh Awlgrip job and came out looking brand new. I had the boat trailered to the paint shed at Bristol Marine by Casey's in Somerset, Ma. this past winter where the work was done. The team at Bristol Marine led by Chuck Kelly used all Awlgrip products for the fairing and painting of the boat.
I used a Canon XC10 video camera to shoot the time lapse sequence that was permanently mounted on the wall in the paint booth. The camera ran around the clock for 5 weeks to record the work being done.
The Transatlantic Race 2015 is a 2,800-mile race from Newport, R.I., to The Lizard on the southwestern corner of England. This is the 30th transatlantic race since three New York Yacht Club members sponsored the first one in 1866. A fleet of 38 boats—ranging in size from 40 to 140 feet and in age from 100 years to 10 months—will depart from Newport in one of three different starts (June 28, July 1 and July 5). Start 1 includes the slowest boats in the fleet and the race's true Corinthian sailors. They will spend two weeks or more crossing the Atlantic. For more information, visit the race's website: transatlantic race.com. Video produced by Onne van der Wal.
Onne talks about the video gear he uses in the air and on the water to shoot boats. Obviously a tripod is out of the question when flying or on the deck of a bouncy chase boat. Onne explains how he uses the Canon XF300, the EasyRIg and Kenyon KS-8x8 to get that illusive steady clip!
Take a look at the 100ft carbon sloop Comanche built for Jim and Kristy Clark. From the first layers of carbon being layed in to the hull at Hodgdon's yard in Maine to her first offshore passage from Newport to Charleston, SC. Ken Read tells the Comanche story just days before the boat takes on the Sydney to Hobart race!
I was asked by the J Class association to film the J Class sloops racing during the St.Barths Bucket this past winter. This was a historic event for the class as they had not had so many J's race together in decades. A J class yacht is roughly 140 ft long, has a mast height of about 170ft and takes a crew of 30 to push these 150 ton yachts around the track. It was quite a sight to see these boats racing together off St.Barths. A big thank you to the owners of the yachts and the J Class association for hiring me to shoot the event, to Greg from Caribbean Helicopters for his great flying skills and perseverance in getting to St.Barths to enable me to film the action from the air. And to Halsey Fulton, my assistant and editor who is always ready to drive the chase boat, haul the gear, set it up, double check my actions, edit the piece and does it with the best attitude.
We chartered a chase boat for two of the four racing days, spent one day filming on board Rainbow (bedankt Chris) and shot from the air on the last and breeziest day of the event.
We had great conditions to shoot the event and enjoyed filming the action of such amazing boats sailing in one of the best events anywhere. Looking forward to the 2014 St.Barths Bucket and hoping for a few more J's!