All images courtesy of Boat International Media
As the yachts went in to day three of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta 2016 there was everything still to play for - especially in Class A where racing machines Nilaya and Inoui were both in contention to take the trophy.
Having overcome huge obstacles including a broken engine and burst sail, Nilaya ultimately came out on top at the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2016. Her efficient, expert and stunningly synchronised crew - who gave it their all through every day of racing - are undoubtedly a big part of the reason why.
As the regatta comes to a close it is views like this that the owners and crew will treasure. The opportunity to see such an incredible fleet of sailing superyachts give it everything they've got in the gorgeous surroundings of the British Virgin Islands is what keeps the best racing yachts in world coming back year after year.
All images courtesy Boat International Media
One of the reasons so many owners, crew and enthusiasts enjoy regattas is because of the rare experience of seeing so many beautiful yachts on the water at once. This image, with brilliant aft views of Atalante and Nilaya, is just a small taste of the incredible viewing on offer at this year's Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous.
It was a battle of beautiful spinnakers as Elfje and Ganesha drew up side by side during day two of racing. Whether you prefer Elfje's royal blue fairy or Ganesha's orange elephant, there's no denying they look spectacular.
While it's true that regattas use handicap and classing systems to create exciting racing, another reason so many love them is that they are a great leveller when it comes to getting yachts out on the water. Here 60 metre Perini Navi Seahawk and 49 metre Fitzroy Ohana go head to head in a test of skill over size.
Streamlined hulls, sharp sails and expert technique - this is the quintessential image explaining why superyachts offer some of the best and most impressive sailing on the water.
Of course it could be argued that no-one enjoys regatta racing quite as much as the captains, tacticians and crew that put hours of hard work in to it. From this image of a Seahawk crew member enjoying the view from the bow and signalling to the team behind him while waves crash onto the deck, it's easy to see why it appeals to so many.