Shots from the Cruising Life

Want to see what the cruising life is all about? Take a look through some of our favorite entries from the recent CW "This Cruising Life" photo contest.

Shots from the Cruising Life

Watching the last glimpse of the daylight as we prepare for another overnight sail. My wife, Emily, and I have been sailing the Mexican coast for 3 years. We left San Diego in 2010 and have been all through the Sea of Cortez and down to the bottom of Mexico to the Guatemalan border. This photo was taken during our sail from Huatulco to Acapulco.Mark Fagan

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My wife, Patricia, preparing an evening meal during a good breeze on our transatlantic passage aboard our Reliance 44 Mad River.Dick Payne

Shots from the Cruising Life

Galveston Bay,Texas. Bill Brown balancing the boom and having a good time doing it!Linda Hill

Shots from the Cruising Life

Doing 9 knots sailing and cooking breakfast at the same time!Stuart Picken

Shots from the Cruising Life

On passage from Bonaire to the San Blas IslandsRuss Irwin

Shots from the Cruising Life

Making landfall in Fatu Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia after a 16 day passage from the GalapagosRuss Irwin

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Oriental, NC. My wife, Mary, loads the the boat for the trip to the Chesapeake BayKen Baker

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Dismal Swamp, NC. My wife Mary's smile brightens a rainy day transiting the Dismal Swamp Canal.Ken Baker

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Dismal Swamp Canal VA. Wife Mary handles a line as we transit a lock and leave the canal.Ken Baker

Shots from the Cruising Life

Shots from the Cruising Life

CIMARRON, taken off Point Loma near San Diego. The Islands in the background are Los Coronados, Mexico. Robin Basham is hanging from a spinnaker pole lift, while whale watching, in early January. The boat has been in the Basham family for 40 years and has sailed halfway around the world.Dave Basham

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After a long overnight sail from St. Martin, we anchored off Prickley Pear Island, North Sound, BVI and immediately went for a swim to celebrate another safe passage! This is a well-timed shot of my wife jumping off the boat.Jeremiah Jacobson

Shots from the Cruising Life

Candid shot of one of the pushy wild pigs on the beach at Big Majors, Bahamas during our last cruise.

Shots from the Cruising Life

On a Fontaine Pajot cat anchored on the reef in the Tobago Cays, St Vincent and Grenadines, Jim Linsdell rigs up his windsurfer as the wind builds over the reef.Juliana Linsdell

Shots from the Cruising Life

This is my husband, Marty, as we're weighing anchor in Pendor Harbour BC. We were on a month long trip to Desolation Sound and about a week into our trip the windlass motor burned up. So donning the blue gloves became an important part of the anchoring process, that and looking for shallow anchorages!Sue McDaniel

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Paul and I spent four fabulous years cruising, sailing from Charleston, SC to New Zealand and then returning to San Francisco. Here, Paul hanks a line at the mast of our 42-foot Tayana as we approach the Yasawa Islands, Fiji.

Shots from the Cruising Life

The joy of friends in FijiDietmar Petutschnig

Shots from the Cruising Life

Milna, Island of Brac, Croatia. Sailing medieval times like no where else in the world creates a buzz! Hilda and Jacques (8 months) in Croatia.Jacques Chalifour

Shots from the Cruising Life

Something always needs fixing while out at sea. Mid-Atlantic.Alex Blackwell

Shots from the Cruising Life

This is somewhere mid-Atlantic on a crossing from St. Martin to the Azores. It's a light air day, with Daria Blackwell on watch aboard Aleria, our 57-foot Bowman ketch. The spinnaker displays the white seahorse, our personal signal shared with a 16th century ancestor, Grace O'Malley, pirate queen of the West of Ireland.Alex Blackwell

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Captain Ron bonking conch in the Berry Islands, BahamasRon Schaper

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Crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca with 25 knot winds on beamFrank Isik

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Cruising aboard our B-40 with daughter Sarah and grandson Julian in Blue Hill Bay, MaineKim Carlson

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Sailing on Biscayne Bay, daughter Justine, we were returning to Black Point Marina to wrap up a wonderful March break aboard our trailerable TES678. We've trailer-sailed Florida on March break for the last 6 years. Home port, Georgian Bay.Les Suter

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Our 2-year-old son, Benjamin, at the helm of our 25 Bayfield on West Grand Traverse Bay.Ryan Greiner

Shots from the Cruising Life

Stranger things have appeared in our refrigerator... this was our repairman working on our fridge. He didn't seem to mind the cramped working conditions!Jennifer Spring

Shots from the Cruising Life

This is a picture of my wife climbing the mast during a class with Offshore Sailing School while anchored in a small cove on Tampa Bay. The time was the 4th of July 2006.Jon Cox

Shots from the Cruising Life

MonorikiDietmar Petutschnig

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Jennifer driving us up Drake's PassageRoyce Johnson

Shots from the Cruising Life

The big cheese. My son making lunch somewhere in the Caribbean (BVI's?) during our year of cruising.Jennifer Spring

Shots from the Cruising Life

Our passage from Fortaleza, Brazil, to Trinidad and Tobago. Our 5-month-old Donald on Watch with Dad sailing our 32-foot Dreadnought Moriah. Just 9 months from completing our 10-year circumnavigation.Keith Short

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The photo is skipper Veron Goodfellow aboard Endless Love 2, taken on Dec.9, 2011, on a passage from Canary Islands to Grenada. The photo shows a broken boom lashed to the deck, garabage which we stored until landfall. The sky is starting to clear after a rain squall and the skippers hair seems to flow with the wind. We safely landed in Grenada after a 23 day passage.Sydney Brittain

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My wife, relaxing in Hadley's Harbor, taking in the sights, reading a book and enjoying a rum drink!Rob Migliaccio

Shots from the Cruising Life

One of the joys of being on the early morning watch is having views such as this. We were approaching Bermuda, having run down from Greenport, Long Island as part of a cruise rally. We had raised Gibbs Hill Light in the pre-dawn and were headed for the turn at North East Breakers. I had just come on watch. I tried to keep a camera handy for near-perfect sun-sets, sunrises, pods of dolphins, etc. All got photographed, but this is just one of my favorites from this trip.Douglas Meyer

Shots from the Cruising Life

My husband displaying his essential kitchen tools: a lime juicer, and pliers for the ice cube tray.Jennifer Spring