Capsized ships and battered rigs: Incredible racing images from the sea

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Malta photographer Kurt Arrigo wins World Yacht Racing Forum Image of the Year

Picture of competitors in Rolex Volcano Race praised by judges for originality

Fifth annual competition only open to professional photographers

Judges included Olympic gold medalists Shirley Robertson and Ben Ainslie

CNN  — 

A line of sailors teeter on the edge of a giant yacht, peering down at the blazing orange island reflected on its lurching hull.

The sailboat slices through the gray Mediterranean, passing the Italian island of Capri at just the right moment to catch a dazzling silhouette on its exposed underbelly.

It’s an incredible image, captured by Malta photographer Kurt Arrigo as he leaned out of a low-flying helicopter during the Rolex Volcano Race earlier this year.

Arrigo has just been named winner of the prestigious World Yacht Racing Forum Image of the Year competition in Gothenburg, Sweden, chosen from an elite pool of internationally renowned sailing photographers.