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...
12 of the best yachting photos of 2015
Atlante delivered against dramatic backdrop
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
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.
The perfect shot in 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 _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.