Sailing Sunsets Photo Contest

Sunsets are always better on a boat.

May 20, 2014

Sundowners with friends, watching for the elusive green flash and the lingering twilight colors all add up to good times on the water.

You, our readers, sent in over 400 stunning images to the Sailing Sunsets Photo Contest. Here are some of our favorites.

Richmond, CA Sunset

“One evening during a mild winter’s evening in Richmond, CA” Jeff Cook

Sunset in St. Lucia

“This shot was taken during a crossing from St. Lucia to Martinique aboard a 73 ft. schooner.” Gabriel Romero

Women’s evening race

“Women’s evening race at Cleveland Race Week 2013 at Edgewater Yacht Club, Cleveland, Ohio” Lee Karns

Boston Harbor Sunset

“Boston Harbor after a stormy afternoon, I have never seen the sky so gold!” Sean McGrath

Catalina Sunset

“Catalina Sunset” Deb Kelly

Ontario Sunset

“Homeward bound to Bayfield Ontario…taken with Canon camera.” Wendy Gallant

Wing on Wing

10. “Racing the Storm” Tim Fuhrmann

Sunset in the Abacos

5. “From the deck of s/v Shooting Star, a Whitby 42. Baker’s Bay, Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas” Mark Reichow

Sunset off the coast of Boston

4. “The Berringer Bowl race starts at 7PM and goes from Marblehead to Provincetown. This was taken just South of Boston.” Douglas Meyer

Cook Islands Sunset

S/V Osprey (Seattle) and S/V Calico Jack (Key West) at anchor in Arutanga Harbour, Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Brian Bournival

Isla Isabel Mexico

“Isla Isabel Mexico” Julia Siudyla

Friendship Sloops at Pulpit Harbor Maine

“Photo is two Friendship Sloops at Pulpit Harbor Maine looking west toward the Camden hills.” Bill Whitney

Sunset at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

8. “At anchor Marigot Bay, St. Lucia. What an anchorage and fantastic sunset!” Jay Brudzinski

Heywood Island Sunset

“Photo taken at Heywood Island in the North Channel, Ontario Canada” Stephanie Hains

Santos Bay Brazil

3. “Santos Bay Brazil – Summer 2014.” Persio Azevedo

Golden Gate Bridge Sunset

“Photo taken on board a Beneteau Oceanis 37 heading west with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. Photo taken 1/4/2013.” Douglas Ellison

Sunset on a Sailboat in Vanuatu

Winner: “Our daughter Maia watching the sunset on a passage between Vanuatu and New Caledonia” Congratulations to winner Diane Selkirk! Diane will receive a SeaLife underwater camera. Diane Selkirk

Sunset at the Golden Gate Bridge

2. “Golden moments at the Golden Gate with ACsailingSF. Sunset from USA76, the 2003 Oracle IACC America’s Cup challenger.” Aaron Gutman

Laguna Beach California

“Taken in Laguna Beach California around Christmas 2012” Rod Witel

Sunset on Vieques, Puerto Rico

6. “This was taken on the last day of a sailing trip off the western coast of Vieques facing southwest.” Ben Kramer

Sailing in the Sunset, Martinique

9. “Furling the jib approaching St Annes, Martinique, April 2014” Rod Witel

Scow Bay

“This photo was taken while at anchor in Scow Bay (Bunsby Islands, West Coast of Vancouver Island, BC) last July.” Stephanie Gardiner

Labor Day Weekend Racing

“Labor Day Weekend Racing from Daytona Beach to St. Augustine FL. Sitting on the high side watching the sun go down.” Scott Schamay

sunset over Ibiza

7. “I captured this sunset over Ibiza from Formentera in the Balearic Islands.” Franc Carreras

Oregon sunset

“Oregon sunset through Kevlar headsail” Randy Weersing


Sunset over the Abacos, Marsh Harbour Bruce Davis


Negotiating the notorious tidal stream at Tory Channel in New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds. Viki Moore


From my Pearson Ensign on Lake Wylie, SC Robert Wilson

Fishing in the ICW

“Our son Tyler fishing the first night we set out down the ICW.” Kristie Weiss

Harbour sunset in Labuan Bajo

“Harbour sunset in Labuan Bajo on the Island of Flores taken on the 2011 Sail Indonesia Rally.” Rob Oberg

San Francisco Sunset

“San Francisco” Dwayne Sullivan


Twilight racing on Sydney Harbour Amy Becker


Streaky Bay, South Australia aboard Crystal Voyager II Michael Kilowsky


Sunset at Bayfield, Ontario, Canada Wendy Gallant


End of a good race Tim Fuhrmann


New Haven harbor, October 2013. One of many awesome sunsets on the way South. Sonia Hruska


Just dropped anchor on JEMMA, at Tangalooma, Morton Bay Australia. Marc Derfoldy


This photo was taken at White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands on February 8, 2014. Darrell Friesen


This photo was taken from our dingy as we were headed back to our s/y Lady T. San Salvador, Bahamas Tracy McHugh


Anchored out near Daufuskie Island, SC. Jeanine Davis


Taken during the Harvest Moon Regatta (Galveston to Port Aransas) in ’11. Chris Farmer

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