Athlete / Boat :

Paul Foley/Western Washington University/Laser

Event :

ICSA/LaserPerformance Men's and Women's Singlehanded National Championship

Location :

Newport, RI, USA

About the shot :

This image is one of my favorite college sailing images. The day was cold and blustery with lots of waves - ideal for exciting action shots. As this event was "national" in nature, the very best sailors were there and all were more than capable of handling the conditions. I was hovering at the weather mark when this sailor made his approach, and as he cracked off toward the offset, he took a wave that spread the water in a spectacular way.

Camera :

Nikon D4, Nikon 300mm f/2.8, 500, f/5.6 , 1/4000