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Challenger Lecture Series: Onne van der Wal – Canceled

March 19, 2020

This event has been cancelled. We will reschedule and will notify you when that is determined. If have not already signed up for this event, and are interested in being on the notification list for the new date, please fill out the information below. Since the event was full prior to the cancellation, will will prioritize those guests first and then work through the wait list.  Thank You!

World-renowned nautical photographer Onne van der Wal tells his tale about his early days in apartheid South Africa where he grew up sailing small boats and working on commercial fishing boats as a teenager.  This top-notch documentary was produced by Rhode Island PBS.

A poor student in high school, Onne’s father encouraged him to attend a Cape Town trade school where he completed a three-year apprenticeship as a machinist. But Onne’s true passion was sailing.

Onne began to race large sailboats as a professional crew member and joined the famous Dutch boat FLYER in the 1981/82 Whitbread around-the-world race. Winning the race was a huge stepping stone to his long and successful career as a sailor and award-winning nautical photographer.

Onne had spent 32 years photographing and traveling with various sailing vessels around the world, but always on someone else’s boat…it was time for his OWN boat. The second half of this 58-minute film focuses on Onne’s story and follows the backyard restoration of old and tired 1972 Rhode Island-built Pearson 36 sailboat.

The cold winter project put him to the test where he did most of the work himself with the help of some marine vendors. He finally refurbished the boat and enjoyed sailing with his wife Tenley.

The executive producer is Eric Thorkilsen from This Old House Ventures and the film is written, produced, and directed by Thomas Draudt.  This presentation is open and free to the public.

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