It's hard to sum up the year in just eight photographs, but here we'll have a stab at it! Sailing's blessed with some very talented photographers, and while the sport is hardly camera-friendly, there are some stunning sailing photos produced every year. As they dodge the salty spray, and balance themselves against the waves that threaten that perfect shot, their skills are tested to the limit. There can't be many more challenging sports to photograph.
(1) Sydney Hobart Race
In this image by Daniel Forster, the DK43 Minerva is joined by a pod of dolphins while battling upwind in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
(2) Stunt time
This photograph by Mark Lloyd captures Alex Thomson during his mast walking stunt aboard Hugo Boss (yes he did jump!).
(3) Marseille One-Design 2014
Sander van der Borch captures the final day of the Marseille One Design 2014 GC32 event. The boat starring in the photograph is helmed by Flavio Marazzi and the team is Armin Strom Sailing Team.
(4) Beautiful islands
Perhaps more of a stunning location than sailing photo, Kurt Arrigo captured this shot of the amazing island of Strombolicchio, just as the 100ft Esimit Europa 2 was sailing past during the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
(5) Moth World Championships
The 2014 International Moth worlds was held in Hayling Island, this fabulous shot by Tom Gruitt captures one of the amazing foiling boats (see also 10 Fantastic Foiling Boats) mid gybe.
(6) Volvo Ocean Race
The 2014 Volvo Ocean Race (see Racing the virtual Volvo Ocean Race) is proving a wonderful source of amazing sailing images. Gilles Martin-Raget captured this stunning image of Team Alvimedia as they starting Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cape Town.
(7) Sail for Gold Regatta
Some images are about being in the right place at the right time. Paul Wyeth captured this shot Alicia Clifford and Thomas Bruton going for a pitch pole in their Nacra 17 at the Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth.
(8) Rolex Middle Sea Race
This image of the Cookson 50 Cantankerous pushing hard downwind to Malta in the Rolex Middle Sea Race was taken by Kurt Arrigo.