40 Best Reader Photos

We asked, “For what nautical memory are you most grateful?” And you answered. Thank you for reminding us of how lucky we all are that we get to enjoy time on the water. Check out these stunning submissions to the Thankful for Yachting Photo Contest.

January 11, 2014

Milwaukee Yacht Club

“We are thankful for all of our Milwaukee Yacht Club friends as well as our beautiful lakefront.” Marc Cayle

Pig drinking beer

“Life is great and even pigs enjoy a cold beer beachside!” Nick Starkey

sailing cat

“This year I bought the sailing cat in this photo I took. It has been my life long dream and I have worked hard to get it!” Keegan Penn

Princess Louisa Sound

“I’m thankful for 3 friends on a cruise from Anacortes, WA to Princess Louisa Sound.” Bill Schafer

West Palm Beach

“Peanut Island in West Palm Beach. It was a beautiful ending to a day in the boat with family and friends.” Ken Morgan


“I’m thankful for surviving a regatta in my Optimist on the Baltic Sea.” Tomek Polikowski

Fire Island

“I am thankful there were no Atlantic Hurricanes this year. Fire Island was devastated by Sandy.” Steve Kohlepp


“I’m thankful for a quiet week on the boat in Antigua with friends.” Ron Miller

Florida Keys Yachting

“I am blessed with the opportunity to hang out on the ocean in the Florida Keys.” Charles Conner

Yachting Dogs

“Harley (12 year old lab) making another year on the boat a wonderful year of memories. Here he is with his buddy Davie.” Robert Bradshaw

mid-ocean repairs

“Glad to be alive and able to make mid-ocean repairs.” Alex Blackwell

John Hopkins Glacier, AK

“Thankful for all Nature’s wonders and the time given to explore it. (John Hopkins Glacier, AK)” Mike Reis

HC41 in Hawaii

“I am thankful to have purchased and sailed our HC41 in Hawaii this year.” Stacy Hall

Love and Yachting

Thankful, Blessed and Grateful for all the beauty and love surrounding me in my life. Melanie Carey

Boat Picnic

“I’m thankful for a great summer on the west coast of Sweden.” Natanael Gustafson

Sunset Sail

“I’m thankful for good health, good friends and great adventures sailing.” Marvin Cruz

Seasons 52 in West Palm Beach

“I am thankful for dinner at Seasons 52 in West Palm Beach.” Beth Morgan

Panama Canal

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to take the family on a small boat cruise through the Panama Canal.” Randall Rysedorph

on the lake

“I’m thankful for enjoying a beautiful day on the lake with my family!” Cathy Schutzenhofer

Scrubbing decks

“Stoked on all the beautiful days I got to enjoy on the water this year! Scrubbing decks, banking checks.” Nick Davis

where cars can’t go

I’m thankful for being able to spend time with my family and friends on the water where cars can’t go. There’s nothing else like it. Jason Thompson

family time in the Abacos

“I’m thankful for family time in the Abacos.” Jean-Paul Galbreath

Mar Ma Nor

“I’m thankful for sunset over Mar Ma Nor.” Warren Scaife

peacefulness on the water

“I’m thankful for peacefulness on the water.” Cindy Launderville

Fireworks over water

“I’m thankful for staying out later in the day and running back to the marina in the early evenings.” Eric Winkler

quiet time to relax on the water

“I am thankful for quiet time to relax on the water, especially at sunset.” Mark Horton

Sailing in Brisbane

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to cross the Pacific with some amazing people. Here’s the Corina IV in Brisbane after the 5 month journey!” Max Loubser

Christmas Tree on a Boat

“I’m thankful for the many peaceful escapes on our boat. This is a tranquil picture.” Rob Holmen

boating friends

“We are so thankful for our boating friends and opportunities to cruise with them and experience scenes like this one.” David Pincus

on the water in Connecticut

“I’m thankful for good friends and relaxing with them on the water in Connecticut.” Paul Batcho

P.E. Pruitt

“I’m thankful for all the time spent with friends and family aboard the P.E. Pruitt, Captained by Kevin D. Flynn, Sr. in Rock Hall, MD” Dennis Flynn, Jr.

good health

“I’m thankful for good health.” Joseph Gangai










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