Staff Choice

Staff Choice

May 09, 2004|By Annie Linskey

Wind and Water: Boating Photographs From Around the World, by Onne van der Wal. Bulfinch. 168 pages. $50.

Sailboats may be the most photogenic machines made by man. Builders design strong, sleek hulls that can provide a smooth ride while absorbing punishing waves and cutting through choppy water. Trimmed sails tower into the sky, capturing the wind and drawing the boat forward -- most of the time.

This book features 114 color photographs of these vessels performing at the top of their game. From a dramatic shot of 12-meter America's Cup class yachts running from a squall to a picture of a boy hiking out on a jury-rigged trapeze while sailing a colorful fishing boat in South America, photographer Onne van der Wal captures the exhilaration of the sport. He has an eye for the tense moments during a regatta: a cluster of boats angling for a good start; the difficult seconds before rounding a mark; an upwind battle between opposing boats; and the often-feared spinnaker take down.

Van der Wal is also daring (or stupid) enough to hang off remote parts of rigging to get a good shot. One picture was taken from the end of a spinnaker pole of a 76-foot sloop under way at full speed. Another dizzying shot was taken atop a 100-foot mast.

The book will make sailors yearn to get out on the water and will, quite frankly, scare landlubbers.

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