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We had just finished our divisional race in the Hempstead Harbor (NY) Wednesday Night Series when I turned around to catch our competition crossing the line with the sun setting over New Rochelle, New York. Captured this spectacular sunset as the backdrop! — James Riordan, Old Westbury, NY


Buck the Labrador trimming the jib on Jersey Girla Catalina 470, on Tampa Bay.
— Joseph Kadel, via


The Alberg 37 Lotus reaching North to winter storage at Haverstraw, New York, on the Hudson River. Tappan Zee bridge’s replacement way to the South
— Paul Kisala, Nyack, NY


Genny standing watch aboard her Pearson 35, Pipe Dream, at 25 knots of wind, heading down Muscle Ridge on the Maine Coast
— Randee Lewis, via


Sunset from our little 1986 Catalina 22 in Perdido Bay, between Alabama and Florida. Heading back to our slip in Perdido Beach, Alabama. — Mark Robinson, Pensacola, FL


In Boston at India Wharf Marina on our way to Bruce & Johnsons Safe Harbor Marina, in Branford, Connecticut, with our new Bennet Bros-built 1991 Sparkman & Stephens 48 sailboat, Red Sky— Brian Winthrop, Roxbury, CT


I took this shot while crewing on my friend’s Beneteau 40. The light was perfect as it came right across the sails, which illuminated them against the gray skies. I love the magazine! — Charlotte Hampton, Sausalito, CA


Although this looks like an evening picture, it was taken in the middle of the afternoon by friends as we passed them in our Freedom 40/40, Lo Dolce Vita VII, on Lake Ontario. The reason it looks like it’s evening is that the sun was behind the main.
— Jim Lo Dolce, Manlius, NY


This photo was taken by Stephanie Malin from our Beneteau 45, Passion. Sunrise over the Sheffield Islands in Norwalk, Connecticut, while mooring at the Norwalk Yacht Club. — Scott H. Malin, ESQ, Halesite, NY


A photo from our first trip ever with our first sailboat! I’ve always wanted to sail, and 2020 was the year. Found our first boat, met an amazing group of people at the Oneida Lake Sailing Club at Callahan’s Marina. Even took part in a couple of regattas. Sailing made our 2020 the most enjoyable summer yet, even during a pandemic.
Brian LaCroce, Norwich, NY


The nose of my Hunter 27 anchored as dawn broke near the eastern entry into Hotham Island, North Channel — Bruce Conron, via


The outgoing Containership MSC FLAVIA meets two Cal 20s inside the breakwater of Los Angeles Harbor before the start of the CBYC Point Fermin Inverted Race — Volker Corell, via


Here is a photo from SV Conina. She is anchored at Forney Cove Santa Cruz island, California. Watching a beautiful sunset in June.
— Patrick Luhn, via


Motoring up the Mystic River in Mystic, Connecticut, this fall in our Nonsuch 33 to visit the Mystic Seaport Museum. Waiting for the bridge to open! — Carol Connor, via


A late afternoon sail in San Pedro, California’s, Hurricane Gulch with a smoke-filled sky from the wildfires in the Los Angeles mountain range, taken on September 9, 2020.

— Volker Corell, via


Sunrise on eastern Long Island Sound while bringing our just-purchased Pearson 303, Caelan Shae, from Northport to Noyac. — Patrick and Ryan Gunn, Hampton Bays, NY


I took this shot of the sunset while at anchor off Isle Au Haut in our Ericson 38 — Brian Halderman, Salem, MA


After a recent sail down the coast of Belize, I took a walking tour of Belize City and came across these beautiful wooden fishing pangas in Haulover Creek — Robert Beringer, Jacksonville, FL


This photo is from Warderick Wells in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in the Bahamas. David Slider and I co-own Sanook, a center-cockpit Gulfstar 44, shown here on a mooring. I love your magazine. Keep up the good work. — John Haley, Little Rock, AR


Here’s one of those gorgeous Lake Erie sunsets along the Cleveland coast, taken from our Tartan 34-2. — Jeff Cochran, Cleveland, OH


Here we are setting up for Friday night beer and races at Ala Wai Harbor, Hawaii. I was heading down to our sailboat at the Waikiki Yacht Club and took this photo from our dock. — Bill Lyon, Oahu, HI


This picture was taken by our captain, Robert Barlow, from the masthead while fine-tuning rigging on his Beneteau Oceanis 45 in Norman’s Cay, Exumas.

— Jeremy Killebrew, Dripping Springs, TX


I was returning to Corpus Christi Harbor in my J/80, Defying Gravity, after a MORF Wednesday race and couldn’t resist snapping this sunset. — Alex Harris, Corpus Christi, TX


This photo is of a spectacular Galveston Bay sunset during the Waterford Yacht Club Peanut Regatta #36, which was not much of a race in the light wind. No photoshop, no enhancing, just an incredible sunset show. — Bill Tarnick, Baytown, TX


I took this shot in Hawksbill Cay while cruising the Exumas. — Vin Liuzzi, Plymouth, MA


Sailing out of Oxford, Maryland, we were thrilled to see this log canoe race. These vessels were originally designed for Oyster dredging in the mid-1800s but now primarily race. — Rick Lober, Annapolis, MD


We caught this amazing summer evening moon in July 2019 from Sweden’s Trosa Marina. — Roberto Luya, Södermanland Province, Sweden


I photographed the setting sun while our 425 Catalina, Esprit, was moored at Napatreet Point, near Watchill, Rhode Island. Although the digital HDR photograph is spectacular, the actual dynamic range of the colors was breathtaking.
— Rita and Glenn Lau-Kee, Mystic, CT


I took this pic on a circumnavigation of the Delmarva peninsula. This was the morning view in the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.

— Steve Smolenak, Nockamixon, PA


Taking in the weekly Friday night fireworks with friends from the cockpit of Banana Wind, our Catalina C-28, on Grapevine Lake in Texas. — Kirk and Stacey Stites, Colleyville, TX


This picture was taken during a calm morning swim on Lake Ontario while waiting for the wind to return onboard ReGenesis, a Frers F3. — Michael Doble, Montreal, QC


A beautiful sunset seen from my Catalina 22 off Naples, Florida. — Arthur Thomas, Bonita Springs, FL


Here’s a shot of my ‘79 Endeavour 37A moored at Heritage Park in Slidell, Louisiana. The kids and I docked after an afternoon motor trip up seven miles of bayou, in 12ft of water—with full-grown trees but a stone’s throw away. — Brian Meadowcroft, Slidell, LA


I was enjoying a late-afternoon October sail on Penobscot Bay, Maine, on my Cape Dory 27, Festina.— Ted Coladarci, Castine, ME


This sunset photo was taken in October 2018 from the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain, looking at the Astoria-Megler bridge near the mouth of the Columbia River. — Robert & Melanie Heacock, Liberty Lake, WA


An evening sail on Gardiner’s Bay, looking at our Code 0. So peaceful...
— David Nelson, Montauk, NY


We woke up to this early morning rainbow in English Harbour, Antigua before departing for the U.S.A. — Gib Seese, Glen Allen, VA


Cruising the Choptank with my first mate, Molly. — Pete McDevitt, Annapolis, MD


Back to the dock after a fantastic day on board LA CORUÑA, an Oceanis 41, in the Guanabara Bay area near Rio de Janeiro. — Marco and Isabel Carrascoza, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


After a great one-tack run from New Hampshire’s Isles of Shoals aboard Blueprint, our Bristol 41.1, we got into Long Neck anchorage in Provincetown in time to enjoy this beautiful sunset. — Peter and Lisa Hatch, Kennebunkport, ME


This sunrise shot was taken on the last day of the Texas 200, which finishes near Port O’Conner, Texas, in the ICW.  — Calvin Holt, Houston, TX


We saw this rainbow on the west coast of Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands, just south of the Bay of Virgins. — Ted Strauss, South Salem, NY


This picture was taken from a kite while sailing Elleve, my Hanse 345, from Southport to Bird Island, North Carolina, over a picture-perfect weekend — Ralf Seip, Charlotte, NC


I took this photo from the ferry as it left Swartz Bay, British Columbia, heading to the Gulf Islands. After I took it, I noticed the “Fire Plan” decal posted on the gunwale of the ferry—accompanied by the fiery sunset in the background. Normally we’d be sailing over on Indigo Sea, our Beneteau Sense 57, but on the day of the photo we were, alas, on the ferry

— T. MacKay, Mayne Island, BC


This photo was taken recently while sailing the Sea of Cortez. We were bareboat chartering on a Dufour 45. My buddy and first mate were marveling at this astonishing sunset and I grabbed this moment. — Brian J. Ochab, Los Angeles, CA


Flying my symmetrical spinnaker on Annabelle on the Columbia River — Adam Snider, Portland, OR


It was a blustery start for the sailors on Day 1 of St. Augustine Race Week in March. — Robert Beringer, Jacksonville, FL


Baylee the 11-week-old Golden Retriever is getting used to our 32ft Irwin Classic, Holdfast, and anticipating spring at Lake Guntersville Sailing Marina. — Price Pass, Guntersville, AL


While cruising recently off the western coast of Costa Rica, I snapped this shot of a glorious sunset. A distant catamaran can be seen. Prior to seeing this beautiful site, we were sailing in 25-30 knots of breeze with rain pelting us. Can’t wait to do it again.

— Chuck and Deb Musante, Townsville, NC

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I took this photo of the GBCA’s Icicle Races, which are held every Saturday in January on Galveston Bay. It was taken from our Hunter 340, Sunspot Baby. — Bill Tarnick, Baytown, TX


This is Cooper, our 5-year-old Yorkie, hanging out on my 1980 S2 8.5 on Eagle Mountain Lake. — Bob Skrivanek, Fort Worth, TX

I have been a member of the Wayzata Yacht Club for more than 30 years and love the splendor of the seasons. I dread each haulout, but am pumped for launch day! — Pat Foy, Wayzata, MN 


I took this beautiful sunrise shot on the first morning of my first long-distance race, the 2018 Vineyard Race aboard an Olson 34. — Jonah Schneiderman, Perth Amboy, NJ.


I’m loving the view from our retirement home and having the boat minutes from the Gulf at John’s Pass, Florida. — Rob Lesperance, Treasure Island, FL

Gulf at John’s Pass, Florida

Gulf at John’s Pass, Florida

I snapped this shot on a still July dawn in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. After several days offshore in fog, we awoke to this scene. What a welcome change! — David Emery, Boothbay Harbor, ME


We set sail from Chicago on a crossing to Saugatuck, Michigan, when we caught this sunrise over Lake Michigan on our Jeanneau SO 349. — Hal Strider, Chicago, IL


I chartered a Sunsail catamaran in the BVIs in May, and it was great sailing. I took this picture on the last evening at Soper’s Bay. (Our cat is in the center.) It looks idyllic, but if you look closer there are signs of damage all along the coast. — C V Ramachandran, Old Greenwich, CT


This passenger briefly hitched a ride on our Jeanneau 45 DS, Abraxas, moored in Man o’ War harbor in the Abacos, Bahamas. He departed soon after this shot was taken, fortunately without leaving a calling card. — Jim Edenfield, Ft Worth, TX


This photo was snapped from the Hunter 340 Sunspot Baby while competing in the Galveston Bay Cruising Association Rum Race #6 on Galveston Bay. On the first leg, a double rainbow appeared in front of us and stretched out to starboard. — Bill Tarnick, Baytown, TX


We pulled out the drone to take this shot while testing a Tartan 4300 on Biscayne Bay. The wind was around 9 knots and the water very calm. — Jaime Rodriguez, Miami, FL


I took this shot from Cooper Island Beach Club as my wife and I celebrated our marriage by sailing the BVI on a Beneteau 42.1. — Nathan Bates, San Diego, CA


Start them young with SAIL and a grandad who loves his boat—Olin Covington


This was taken from halfway across the 26 mile crossing from LA to Two Harbors and Isthmus Cove. My daughter, Miranda, is on the bow of our Catalina 42, Windrunner, as the sun sets behind the west end of Catalina Island.— Tom and Miranda Lynch, San Pedro, CA.


On this beautiful morning in Newfoundland, we were heading out of Grey River early to get to Burgeo for some much-needed repairs to my 1979 Freedom 40 cat ketch. We did the cruise as part of the Blue Water Sailing Club.— Bart Snow, Marblehead, MA


Boats at anchor in Wildlife Cove just west of Southport, NC on a chilly day in early December. — Jim Carey, Southport, NC


My family and I took our 1976 Catalina 27 to Buttonhook Bay on the south end of Lake Pend Orielle. We sailed all day then spent the night at Buttonhook, and this is what we woke up to!— Michael Smith, Spokane WA


We took time off from sailing our Nonsuch 30 Ultra and Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 40 to sail a Laser in Dingle Bay, Co Kerry Ireland in January 2018 with local celebrity, Fungie!— Ronald Clifford, New London, CT and Aiden Dunlea, Dingle, Co Kerry

Rainbows abound while my wife and I were on a bareboat charter trip with friends to Martinique this December. This lovely shot was taken aboard the 2013 Beneteau Oceanis 41 while anchored in Grand Anse. — Randy Leasure, San Francisco, CA


A sunrise seen from my slip in Dana Point Harbor where I keep my 1972 Ericson 35, Two Weeks (as in that’s how long the next boat project is going to take).— Erik Vader, Dana Point, CA


Manhattan skyscrapers reflect the summer sunset as a sail-training sloop appears in front of the new World Trade Center.— Paul Kisala, Nyack, NY


The wind died aboard Water Musik, a Sabre 36, just as everyone was turning toward the upwind mark and heading for home during the last sail of our summer racing series.— Brad Vomacka, Portsmouth, NH


Here is our lovely 47ft ketch Sequana in the far north of New Zealand. Whangaroa Harbor has safe anchorages for all wind directions and is a wonderful place to explore or relax, about a day’s sail north of the Bay of Islands.— Ken and Chris Carr, Whangaroa, New Zealand


Sailing under spinnaker on Starlight Express, an O’Day 28, we were heading back to the dock after one of our regular Wednesday evening outings when this gorgeous sunset captured our gaze—a reminder of the beauty one can experience at the relatively slow pace of a sailboat. — Michael McGuire, Grand Prairie, TX (Joe Pool Lake)


Anchored aboard my boat One Timer, a 1997 Sabre 362, at Harbor Island in Jericho Bay, Maine, we were treated to this sunset over the Camden Hills. — Dave Short, Mt. Desert Island, ME


Sunrise on Lake Massabesic, Auburn, New Hampshire, seen from our 1984 Catalina 25, Peg II; the start to another perfect summer day in New England. — David and Susan Jenkins, Auburn, NH


Siqqittuq, a Niagara 35, sits at anchor at Long Point Cove in the North Channel, Ontario, as storm clouds gather overhead. — Steve Delong and Deirdre Farrell, Long Point Cove, Ontario, Canada (Photo by Alan Tigner)


This was taken from the stern of our sailboat, Youth, at State Park Marina on Stockton Lake, Missouri during the end of the season. — Jack and Julie Rhoads, Columbia, MO


We were enjoying an October sunrise above the URI sailing center on Point Judith Pond in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. — Kara Scott, South Kingstown, RI


At 8,400ft, Lake Granby in Colorado is a spectacular sailing location, but as fall approaches, it’s time to haul our boat, a 1972 Coastal Recreation A-21, Wanna Go. — Michael Kearney, Boulder, CO


This was taken from land during the ÅF Offshore race in 2013. I was amazed that the cruise ship was plowing its way through during the race. It was heart-pounding to watch so many close calls. — Ted Heinz, Stockholm, Sweden


The beach at Nozaki Island, a deserted island off the coast of Nagasaki, resembles Hanauma Bay in Hawaii without the crowds. The church in the picture was built in 1908. The 17 households on the island skipped one meal a day for years and pooled their funds to build the church with the help of famous architect Tetsugawa. Unfortunately, the island youth could not resist the call of the city and the island became deserted by 1990. My yacht is moored at the abandoned fish harbor in the distance. — Paul Tsai, Bellevue, WA


We never tire of the magnificent sunsets on the Lower Niagara River in Youngstown, NY. Just a mile south of Lake Ontario. The Canadian shore of Niagara-on-the-Lake is in the background. — Richard Roach, Youngstown, NY


You can see how clear the waters of the Sea of Abaco are in this photo, taken from our Jeanneau 45 DS, ABRAXAS. — Jim Edenfield, Ft. Worth, TX


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