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Scuttlebutt Photos of the Week
December 16, 2011

Started in 2008, the annual 'Yacht Racing Image of the Year' is presented during the World Yacht Racing Forum in December to the photographer whose image best portrays the essence and excitement of yacht racing as a sport during the year.

The 'Yacht Racing Image of the Year 2011' was announced during the 4th World Yacht Racing Forum (WYRF) on December 14 in Estoril, Portugal. Below is the winning image and a sampling of the nominees. Click here to see all the nominees.

The annual award for the best yacht racing photograph was presented to French photographer Thierry Martinez. The spectacular award-winning photograph (above) features Nathan Outridge, Moth and 49er world champion, racing the Moth world championships in Belmont, Australia in January 2011. Thierry Martinez has been photographing yachts since 1987 and has covered almost every sailing discipline over the years from dinghies to the Volvo Ocean Race and the America’s Cup. This is the second year running that Thierry has won the award.

Click here to submit your photos for consideration.

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