As another boating year draws to a close, it's the perfect excuse to take a look back through some of the amazing events and images of 2016. So here we have our pick of the best boating photos from the year.
1. Stunning backgrounds
The Mills 68 Prospector and the Dubios sloop Ohana race hard along the Costa Smeralda which is famous for its striking rock formations as well as its Maxi Yacht Racing.
2. Turquoise waters
Yachts cut close through the turquoise waters and the impressive rock formations beneath in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.
3. America's Cup drama
Emirates Team New Zealand lose a few crew members in a mis-timed gybe practicing in Chicago for round six of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. The error ended up with the boat capsizing, but they were up and sailing again within 15 minutes with the help of their support crew.
4. City backdrop
Action from the P1 Superstock racing circuit event, held in front of the crowds and architecturally diverse buildings in Cardiff Bay.
5. Wet foredeck action
The foredeck crew on the Volvo 65 Team Brunel working hard downwind to prepare the next sail. Bouwe Bekking skippered the boat to second place in the canting keel class in the RORC Caribbean 600.
6. Mass start
The lighthouse ‘Faro della Vittoria’ looks over the start of the Barcolana race where a huge turnout of yachts of all different sizes race in Trieste, Italy.
7. Classical beauty
The stunning Columbia slices effortlessly through the water at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in this shot by Tobias Stoerkle.
8. New and stylish
A brand-new addition to the Princess range, the 30M Yacht cruises the rocky coast of Majorca in style in this impressive image.
9. Solo racing drama
Armel Le Cl éac´h testing the limits of his new foiling IMOCA 60 (and his waterproofs) sailing solo off of the coast of Lorient.