Clicks of chance

Newport RI based Onne van der Wal is the among the most widely acclaimed sailing photographers on the planet. What is less well known is that he can also lay strong claim to being ocean racing’s original onboard reporter, OBR in more modern parlance. Carol Cronin decided it was time to drop by

When Onne van der Wal first signed onto the winning Flyer II programme for the 1981-82 Whitbread Round the World Race his titles were engineer and bowman. The photography thing – all those subsequent iconic magazine covers, happy high-end clients and that colourful gallery in downtown Newport – was still just a hobby. But even a quick discussion with Onne reveals the personal initiative that turned all those camera clicks into such an impressive career.

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