The Moth Class is probably the least understood of the competitive sailing dinghy racing classes, most notably because of the hydrofoil design, which lifts the hull of the boats out of the water to significantly reduce drag and increase speed.
Top speeds achieved are above 30 knots; the highest 10-second average of 29.2 knots was recorded on Jan. 13, 2011.
In March the U.S. Moth Nationals were held off Key Largo, Fla., and acclaimed marine photographer Onne van der Wal attended to capture the action in still photos and video.
He used a Canon XF 300, mounted to a gyro to keep the camera steady. To supplement the video imagery, he mounted a GoPro camera to a Sea Hex six-engine waterproof drone to capture an aerial vantage point.
Enjoy the ride!