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Richard Walch

Jul26

Wet and wild at Kiel Week Germany

By Richard Walch, Friday July 26, 2013
Audi Sailing Experience during the Kiel Week: three boats create a nice formation in the ‘Kieler Förde’. On board Audi guests and Olympic sailors form the German team.

Audi Sailing Experience during the Kiel Week: three boats create a nice formation in the ‘Kieler Förde’. On board Audi guests and Olympic sailors form the German team. © Richard Walch

Kiel Week is the biggest and most traditional sailboat regatta in Germany. Audi is the sponsor of this regatta and is my client. My mission was to shoot all of the activities of Audi during this event. Audi also supports the young sailing talents in Germany who are training for the next Olympics as part of Sailing Team Germany (STG).

For such a shoot you need an experienced boat driver who can bring you to the right spot on the racecourse. A big challenge is how to protect your gear. I use a Peli Case that is waterproof – so if a wave hits the boat my equipment is protected. In Kiel I was shooting mainly with my 600mm f/4 lens and my 300mm f/2.8 – both lenses are excellent for working from a boat because of the image stabilisation and quick AF. As you can see the weather conditions were quite harsh, but that’s exactly what I like – then the images become interesting and the shoot becomes a challenge.

Young champions Erik Heil (left) and Thomas Plössel (right) of Sailing Team Germany (STG) fighting for points in the 49er class during the recent Kiel Week in Germany.

Young champions Erik Heil (left) and Thomas Plössel (right) of Sailing Team Germany (STG) fighting for points in the 49er class during the recent Kiel Week in Germany. © Richard Walch

Richard Walch shooting the Kiel regatta in Germany from a photo-boat.

Richard Walch shooting the Kiel regatta in Germany from a photo-boat. © Ainhoa Sanchez