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Contest celebrates best sailboat racing images

Every year, yachting photographers from all over the world submit photographs to the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image contest for a chance to win one of two prizes.

The main Mirabaud award is decided by a panel of specialists from the yacht racing world and photographers. The public prize is chosen by both the number of popular votes an image receives and the votes of delegates from the World Yacht Racing Forum.

Sail magazine calls this year’s contest photos “breathtaking,” with images of boats of all shapes and sizes sailing all over the world in a variety of conditions.

The award for Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2014 went to Alfred Farré for his photo of the classic yacht Mariquita pounding through the swells during the VII Puig Vela Classica Barcelona regatta last July.

“I am very honored by this prize,” Farré said during the award ceremony, according to the magazine.

In addition to taking home the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image trophy, Farré also won a Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 watch. Farré’s camera: Nikon D 7000, 180mm, ISO 100, 2.5, 1/3200.

French photographer Charles Marion took home the public prize with a photo taken in Saint Tropez bay about midday as the sun shone down on a Wally yacht sailing in the 2014 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez regatta.

Visit Sail magazine to glimpse all the top images of this year’s contest.

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