For all the time we spend on the water, it can be easy to forget the forces at work keeping us on the water as opposed to in it. Floating is a wondrous phenomenon, when you think about it. Sure, anyone who passed high-school chemistry can understand the principle of relative density, but for those of us who love messing about in boats, floating is a gift from the divine. "Boat in Water," the winning submission to Cruising World's October photo contest, seems to remind us how magical it is to float. In the photo, a skiff rests in shallow, clear water, casting a shadow on the bottom as if hovering on air. The image almost seems like an illusion, until you realize that the only magician at work here is Mother Nature. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos. This month's judges were editor John Burnham, associate editor Andrew Burton, office manager Kathy Gregory, and professional photographer Marianne Lee.