12 of the best yachting photos of 2015

Atlante delivered against dramatic backdrop

Take a look as we enjoy some of the most breathtaking photos from 2015, starting with this extraordinary image of nature reminding us who's boss...

CRN released this stunning image of lightning striking in the background as its 55 metre superyacht Atlante was delivered in August.

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image winner

Picture courtesy of Rick Tomlinson

Rick Tomlinson travelled to Chile to photograph the Volvo Ocean Race yachts rounding Cape Horn. The Southern Ocean is host to the most treacherous seas on the planet and Rick managed to capture this shot of Team Brunel 5 reaching through the extreme conditions.

The photo won him the public voted award at the 2015 Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image competition.

Seawolf at sunset

Sunset photos are a popular theme on social media and it is not hard to see why people like them. What better way to show off the beauty of the 1950's classic Seawolf?

Check out our  five best superyacht sunset photos.

Thrilling America's Cup action

Picture courtesy of sportography.tv

When the  America's Cup made the switch to foiling catamarans there was always going to be some impressive thrills and spills and so far we have not been disappointed by the action. This photo is of Emirates Team New Zealand pulling a wheelie at the first Luis Vuitton America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth. It hasn't slowed them down too much though — going into 2016 they lead the World Series standings.

Check out some more cool photos from the Portsmouth event.

Monaco packed out for the grand prix

Picture courtesy of Raphael Montigneaux

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the sporting and social calendar. The event attracts so many yachts that many of them cannot fit into Port Hercules and must anchor off the city.

Take a look at seven yacht photos from the Monaco Grand Prix.

Spinnakers at the Superyacht Cup 2015

The huge multi-coloured spinnakers of the world's racing superyachts are always a sight to behold. This great shot shows Inoui and Ganesha leading the fleet at The Superyacht Cup 2015. The regatta takes place in June in Palma, Spain and attracts more than 20 sailing yachts over 24 metres.

Here are more stunning photos from the first day of racing.

The perfect shot in the Bay of Kotor

The Superyacht Redezvous Montenegro led seven yachts to line up in the stunning Bay of Kotor. From left to right:  InfatuationLady  PetraKomokwaExumaStella FieraLogica and  Alyssa.

Take a peek at some of the other photos as the luxury yachts cruised the Bay of Kotor.

Maltese Falcon at the Perini Navi Cup 2015

One of the world's most recognisable sailing superyachts, Maltese Falcon can't hide behind these rocks. The iconic three masted sailing yacht was taking part in the Perini Navi Cup held out of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy.

Here are some more photos from the Perini Navi Cup 2015.

Eclipse in the spotlight

Photo courtesy of Juergen Schepers

Eclipse is no longer the largest yacht in the world but has by no means fallen out of the spotlight. The 162.50 metre yacht is seen here out of the water, lit up against a gloomy night sky.

Eclipse was spotted in Hamburg in November during a visit to the yard and was rumoured to be undergoing some work.

The sun sets after a busy day of racing

The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous is a four day event organised by Boat International Media. Sail and motor yachts are brought together in the British Virgin Islands and can be seen here docked at the Yacht Club Costa Smerelda in the stunning North Sound of Virgin Gorda.

See more of the top photos from the 2015 event.

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