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Foreign Training Sailboat
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Shrimpers

High winds bring the shrimp fleet in to anchor until the seas calm down. This photo was taken at extreme distance and capability of the lens. I then cropped (reduced) it to 5% of the original size. What made it even more difficult was the boats were moving while anchored in the wind. But given all this, I like the way it turned out.
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Sailing into the sunset

Key West which is no surprise.
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Rush Hour

One ship heading out of the channel while the other waits its turn.
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Powerboat Racing 2022

These two have just finished a 180 degree turn and are now in full throttle at over 100mph heading out to the Gulf of Mexico. They are close to the pier on Sunset Key with Key West in the background.
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Full Sail

Afternoon sail on the America 2.0 off Key West FL
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Evening Sail

Yet another Key West sunset sail photo. As someone who likes to look through a camera it's hard not to go "click" at these scenes.
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Docked & Lookin Good

Just pulled in for a stay in Key West.
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Lake Geneva

This lake in WI could have more wood boats than anywhere else in the US. A couple years ago there were still 3 wood steam powered yachts in the mix.
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Racing

Key West FL sailboat races
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Last sail of the day

Sun had set, last passengers brought aboard and the parasail wrapped up for the ride back to the marina.
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Launch Time

Two cranes work fast to launch a dozen powerboats for water testing prior to the following days race. Once set into the water they quickly start and check the engines then helmsman and throttle man climb in and push off. The will head out to open water for high speed testing before returning to be pulled back up on to their trailers. In a 4 hour testing period they will launch and retrieve 59 race boats.
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Heading out to sea

Departing Key West Harbor.
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Do you take?

Key West marriage at sunset with photographer, female preacher and a boat full of friends and family.
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St Clair River

Looking at the USA Side and behind me is the Canada shore
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Twin turbine engines

Key West power boat racing
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Catamaran Class

Power boat racing Key West
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Photographer & Rescue Swimmers

Key West powerboat racing
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USS Cobia

USS Cobia was launched November 28, 1943, in Groton, CT. In June 1944, she began the first of six war patrols in which she sank thirteen Japanese vessels. By July 1944, Cobia had established herself in the annals of World War II sub history by attacking an enemy convoy bound for Japanese-held Iwo Jima. In 1986, Cobia was incorporated as a part of the Manitowoc Maritime Museum in Wisconsin, declared a National Historic Landmark, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Disney Ship Departing

Spinning 180 degrees to exit the Key West harbor via the shipping channel.
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Offshore Powerboat Racing

Key West hosts a weeklong long event every November with 3 days of practice and 3 days of racing.
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Shrimper Returning With Its Catch

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America 2.0

Looks like a wonderfull evening for a sunset sail in Key West.
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Triple Masted Beauty

Moored in Key West
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Just Passing Through

Sure has some beautiful lines.
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Painted Look

It was very windy and the air was full of salt spray so this very high resolution photo looks to me like a painting.
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Afternoon Sail

One of the resident sailboats in Key West that take people out for a few hours every afternoon and evening. These always make for photo worthy events.
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Day For Sailing

America 2.0 is a large sailboat that winters in Key West giving day and sunset sails. This particular day it was extremely windy.
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Spinning

This was 1/2 way through it's 180' spin when I took this. She's turning to the left before heading out the shipping channel towards it's next port.
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Powerboat Racer

Racing in Key West is the 47-foot-long Miss GEICO Victory catamaran is made of carbon and Kevlar for high performance and can reach top speeds of 170 mph.
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200′ of Fun

Anchored off Key West visiting during the powerboat race week.
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Every morning

The activity is the same but every morning there is a new background.
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Race Start

Key West Offshore Powerboats. In 2021 they raced 3 days, 4 races per day by class of boats. This was the start of the second race. The pace boat, a few frames back was flying a yellow flag telling the boats to remain in line with it. This green flag tells them they may accelerate and begin to race.
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Front Row Seats

Every evening boats of all types and sizes head out with friends or customers to watch the famous Key West sunsets.
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Surprise Docking

10/20/2021: This ship made an unscheduled stop in Key West to have a sick passenger taken off. As there were no line handlers the ship had to hold itself against the pier using its very powerful side thrusters as it could not be tied. Passenger was removed, ship spun 180 degrees and slipped out of the harbor towards the shipping channel and on to its next scheduled port.
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Docking at dawn

These ships would quite often glide in at first light to dock in Key West. What always amazed me was even at this short distance, these huge ships never made a sound when arriving.
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Key West Sail Races

These three racers are in the 80' class. Each has a crew of about 15 very fit young men.
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Jet Fuel Delivery

This will be docking near the Key West Coast Guard Station where it will offload jet fuel to be used at the Boca Chica Naval Air Station.
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Shrimper

When you see the shrimp boats anchored you know winds and rough water are coming.
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Tugs helping

this barge into docking position to offload its cargo of jet fuel which will be pumped miles away to the Naval Air Station. I was able to get this and many other up close photos due to my friend allowing me the privilege to ride on the harbor pilot boat while he's up on the bridge overseeing the docking.
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Returning to Station

Very rough seas were building fast.
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Trying to get back in the harbor

This weather came up during a sailboat race.
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Heading Out

Ship is leaving Key West full of tourists and t-shirts. Sailboat is full of tourists hoping for a nice sunset.
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Walking on Water

Key West Offshore Powerboat Racing
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Miss Key West

Built in the 70s this shrimp boat just returned to Key West after being gone for over 50 years. High winds the last few days brought all shrimpers back in to anchor till the seas calmed down. This was parked close by so I took this photo then had to research what I was looking at. Turns out the owners found it in N Carolina and spent the last 3 tears making it seaworthy. Now the crew takes the vessel out for 10-12 days at a time. On average, they’ll catch shrimp for about 20 days out of the month. Over time, Key West lost the infrastructure needed to support shrimping so they manage the process from start to finish. He catches the shrimp then distributes it up and down the Keys with a freezer truck.
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SS Badger

Built in 1952 it transported trains, trucks and autos across Lake Michigan. In 1992 it was reconfigured to carry cargo, trucks and autos. It is the only steam powered ferry still operating in the USA.
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Key West Visitor

With it's protected harbor (and really fun place to visit) many ships stop for various reasons. Years ago this visitor sailed by and I took its picture. I wish I remembered something about it but I've since forgotten what I once knew.
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Jolly Roger

Taken from the America 2.0. This pirate ship likes to fire its canon at other boats out enjoying a sail.
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Cruise Ship

Tied up in Key West FL
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Race Week

The Offshore Powerboat racers are in Key West and getting ready for 3 days of racing beginning on Wednesday. There is a tropical storm heading this way which will bring strong winds and very rough water. I asked one of the boat crews if they will race in such extreme conditions and was told they will race as long as the rescue helicopters are able to fly.
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And they’re off!

Key West powerboat race. Four Super Boat class racers in close, about to head into open seas. They will make 10-12 laps on a triangular course stretching over 8-10 miles. This class of boat can reach almost 200mph on smooth water.
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Steam Powered Yacht

One of three on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.
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Not Mine

I would be very happy to own the very pretty boat tied to its stern.
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One can only imagine the interior

When one of these mega yachts pulls in, most people Google the name to see pictures of the interior spaces.
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Sunset Sailing

A beautiful evening out on the water.
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The Spin

Holland America ship making a 180 degree turn to depart Key West harbor
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Spinning Disney Ship

Standing on Sunset Key with Key West in the background. Because the harbor is a "dead end" all ships must turn around and head back out the way they came in. I love watching these huge ships to their spin.
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Nicole Rules

The 1st race was scheduled for today on 11/9 but due to Tropical Storm Nicole it has been postponed. I asked someone if they race in bad weather and was told they will race if the rescue helicopters can fly. When a boat flips a hovering helicopter will drop rescue divers so if the winds make this difficult they can't race. They are scheduled to also race Friday and Sunday so hopefully the Nicole will be in a better mood.
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America 2.0

Sailboat that gives rides in Key West
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3am photo

Moonset required a long shutter opening. Fortunately it was calm out or the yacht would have blurry.
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Foggy Afternoon

Like ghost ships sailing past one another.
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Offshore Powerboat Racer

I am not using a zoom lens and he's moving past at over 100mph. Very thrilling sensation and fun to photograph.
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Key West

Ship is at one of the three cruise ship docks in Key West. This dock is owned by the US Navy and is used by cruise ships and various naval ships. This one was processed a little on the artsy side which sometimes looks pretty good.
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Turbine Powered Racer

Over 150 mph, 10 feet away and you can see his eyes.
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Key West Harbor

Always plenty of things to look at.
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Kite Boarding

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Crab & Lobster Boat – Key West

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Brave Boaters

Used to come to the Florida Keys. Imagine taking a styrofoam boat all the way from Cuba.
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Sailboat Racing

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Lake Superior Traffic

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Amsterdam

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Power Boat Racing

Key West Offshore Powerboat Racing - twin turbine engine powered
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Foreign Training Sailboat

Can't recall the country it was from but it seemed creeper by young sailor cadets.
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Heading out to sea

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Moonset

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Hard to imagine a more exquisite yacht

Owned by Mrs. Steve Jobs, the Venus, visiting Key West, is 260' in length.
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Sail Racing

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Cruise Ship Angles

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America 2.0

Schooner America 2.0 is the newest, largest, most elegant sailing boat designed for Classic Harbor Line. LOA: 105’ Draft: 10.5’ Beam: 20’ Rig Height: 84’ Freeboard: 4’ Sail Area 3,600 Square Feet She features shroudless carbon fiber spars, a two part hull with a removable, aluminum deadwood section for water and fuel tanks and features electric motors for propulsion. Her hull is constructed out of an end-grain balsa core, sandwiched between two layers of Port Orford Cedar over wooden laminated frames, an aluminum cabin structure with integrated mast supports, and bullwarks and cabin soles constructed out of plascore, an aluminum honey comb material, for improved strength and additional weight savings. She was launched in August 2011 and is Classic Harbor Lines’ flagship vessel at Chelsea Piers. She spends her winters in Key West from November to April.
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USS Cole

Being escorted into Key West
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US Coastguard

Helicopter landing
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Offshore Powerboat Racing

Key West
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Busy Key West Harbor

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Escorted

By the US Coast Guard Key West FL
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Cruise Ship departing Key West FL

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Offshore Power Boat Racing

Key West
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US Coast Guard

Key West station
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Offshore Powerboat Racing

Key West
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Sailboat Races

Key West FL
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Sailboat racing

Key West
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Special Forces Training

Key West
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Navy Ship

Departing Key West
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Wisconsin regatta

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Waiting to cast off

Artsy Ships Key West
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Navy Ship

Visiting Key West
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River Boat Trip

Rhine River
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Key West

Sail Racing
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These racing boats are in the 80′ class.

Sailboat Race Preparation Key West
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Key West Catamaran Trials

Serious Sailing
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