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The Etchells fleet flys across the finish line under spinnaker, giving the cheering spectators a

Colorful Finish

Rich LaBella
Etchells appear to be effortlessly beating to windward.

To Weather

Rich LaBella
Etchells strike a classic pose on the windward leg as they hike out to keep the boats flat on the

Upwind Symmetry

Rich LaBella
Looking out from the inside of the barrel on a great ride - for now.

Might Not Make It

Rich LaBella
Plenty of action as the Etchells leaders prepare to douse chutes at the finish

Traffic at the Finish

Rich LaBella
Dropping In -  In perfect position for a great ride.

Dropping In

Rich LaBella
J/24s head downwind  overlapped jockeying for any edge to move ahead.

Three Abreast

Rich LaBella
Foredeck prepares to drop the chute trying to maintain the lead.

Preparing to Drop

Rich LaBella
Fleet arrives at the mark together, so the foredeck crew has to spot for room to round.

Traffic Jam at the Mark

Rich LaBella
The Etchells fleet parades off downwiind under spinnaker in a nice line.

Downwind Leg

Rich LaBella
Some consider watching yacht racing "watching grass grow" but if you are near a mark of the course

Lined up to Round

Rich LaBella
Surfer bails out in spectacular fashion grabbing plenty of air.

Double-Reverse Exit

Rich LaBella
Emergencies can arise anytime. While sailing around the North Island of New Zealand, a medical

Medical Rescue Helicopter

Steve Scribner
The fleet rounds the windward mark & crew spring into action to get the chutes up asap.

Busy Mark Rounding

Rich LaBella
Lifeguard getting his practice in.

Let The Wave Take You!

Donna Danowski
It is a beautiful, clean wave, but things are not looking so promising ahead.

Screamin\’

Rich LaBella
The power of the barrel with a surfer in total control & concentration. Hurricane Teddy (9/21 &

Powering Out of the Barrel

Rich LaBella
J/24s stack up as they reach the layline for the windward mark.

On the Layline

Rich LaBella
At the LongBoard Classic in Long Beach, NY. This was the "shot of the day" for me. Look at the

OMG! This is Huge!

Rich LaBella
Racing for the open while the barrel crashes at your heels.

In the Barrel

Rich LaBella
Larger yachts overtaking smaller in the Whitebread race.

Big Boat, Small Boat

Rich LaBella
Chute trimmer keeps close eye on the "curl"  keeping the chute providing maximum lift.

Working the Trim

Rich LaBella
After a few general recalls, the Etchells fleet gets a good start & heads off to windward.

Clean Start

Rich LaBella
"Silver Bullet" blasting by Bug Light in the 2017 Whitebread Race.

Passing Bug Light

Rich LaBella
The shorebreak can be exciting, both for the inexperienced as well as the seasoned surfer. The

Riding the Shorebreak 1

Steve Scribner
Can't always make it. Sometimes you gotta' pay the piper.

Wipeout!

Rich LaBella
Yachts reaching up the Peconic River in the Whitebread 2020 Regatta.

Peconic River Reach

Rich LaBella
J/24s march downwind under spinnaker and overlapped jockeying for any edge to move ahead

Neck & Neck

Rich LaBella
Hanggliding over Lac Annecy in south-eastern France is a very popular sport. Annecy is a town just

Teaching to Fly

Steve Scribner
Foredeck works to get the chute two-blocked as they bear off for the downwind leg.

Hoist that Last Foot

Rich LaBella
Class Leaders out on the wire as they go for max speed approaching the finish line.

Home Stretch

Rich LaBella
Keeping an eye ahead of the barrel with a hand brushing the water for stability

Powering Down the Face

Rich LaBella
J/24s squaring off their chutes as they head downwind.

Sleighride

Rich LaBella
A surfer stays just ahead of the barrel on a great ride.

In the Clear

Rich LaBella
Timing right on the mark, the J/24 fleet lines up in a perfect start.

And They\’re Off!

Rich LaBella
Etchells crossing tacks show the clean, classic beauty of the design on the windward leg as they

Going to Weather

Rich LaBella
Cowgirl Roping Cattle

Cowgirl Roping Cattle

Gloria Jean Jelladian
J/24s head downwind  overlapped jockeying for any edge to move ahead

Everyone has Free Air

Rich LaBella
The Etchells fleet reaches the layline & lines up for the windward mark

On the Layline

Rich LaBella
Roping Cattle

Roping Cattle

Gloria Jean Jelladian
Chutes up & trimmed and now it is up to the trimmer & helmsman to stay in clear air and get to the

All Chutes Trimmed

Rich LaBella
Starboard tacker laying the windward mark has rights on port tackers.

Starboard!

Rich LaBella
The Etchells fleet heads downwind nicely spread out to maintain clear air

Each In Their Lane

Rich LaBella
Kiteboarder out on Peconic Bay off Long Beach, Southampton, NY

Kiteboarder Floating

Joanna L Steidle
"Impulse" passes Bug Light in the Whitebread XXVIII

Passing Bug Light

Rich LaBella
Foredeck bosses spring to action getting chutes up as the J/24s round the weather mark.

Ready to Hoist

Rich LaBella
Bowsprit extended & chute drawing nicely.   Great Red-on-Red shot.

Chute Set

Rich LaBella
Melges 24, "Wasn't Me" blasts thru waves while planing at top speed to overall honors in the

Blasting Thru

Rich LaBella
2020 Polar Plunge at Main Beach, East Hampton, NY

East Hampton Polar Plunge 2020

Joanna L Steidle
The McKinley Explorer is a popular tourist train in Alaska

The McKinley Explorer

Bobbie Turner
J/24s race downwind  overlapped jockeying for any edge to move ahead.

Drag Race

Rich LaBella
Looking ahead at the dim prospects of making it before the wave closes out.

Impending Doom

Rich LaBella
Every few years, you can see an Ironman race around the central island of Bora Bora. One-man kayaks

Watching the Race

Steve Scribner
Sail trim done, crews enjoy the ride as it is up to the helm to go fast

Overtaking

Rich LaBella
Sailors really enoying the ride in the 18-24kt breezes - always great to get up on a plane.

Happy Campers

Rich LaBella
"Crossed Swords."  J/24s crossing tacks close-aboard

Crossed Swords

Rich LaBella
J/24s line up heading to the leeward mark

Downwind Parade

Rich LaBella
"Port! Going Against the Flow" A lone port-tacker approaches a fleet of right-of-way starboard

Port! Going Against the Flow

Rich LaBella
As the crew scramble to the rail, this J/24 rounds up.

Lost It

Rich LaBella
The Canadian-American Championships (known as the Can-Am) were held at numerous locations including

Porsche at Laguna Seca

Steve Scribner
"Cloud 9" clears ahead of a pack on starboard tack in the  Whitebread XXVIII.

Just Clearing Ahead

Rich LaBella
The closely-packed Etchells fleet heads upwind right after the start.

Crowded Start

Rich LaBella
Epic surf provides great rides, but also spectacular wipeouts. This wipeout gets the award for the

Where\’d the Wave Go??

Rich LaBella
Leaders with chutes flying downwind pass the rest of the fleet heading upwind for the weather mark

Two Way Traffic

Rich LaBella
Busy time as the crew springs to action rounding the weather mark to get the chute up as quickly as

Hoisting the Chute

Rich LaBella
Planing along under spinnaker in the  Whitebread XXVIII.

Truckin\’

Rich LaBella
J/24s blast to windward in the gusty NW winds. Plenty of excitement, wet and fun with the gusty NW

Truckin\’ to Weather

Rich LaBella
Overhead sets march ashore kept aloft by offshore winds making for perfect surfing, and intimidating

Ohhh, Crap!!

Rich LaBella
Overlapped boats just off the start jockeying for an advantage of some clear air in the Whitebread

Reaching

Rich LaBella
Foredeck starts to raise the Chute as the J/24 rounds the windward mark.

Hoisting the Chute

Rich LaBella
Crossing Tacks, the quintessential yacht racing image.

Crossing Tacks

Rich LaBella
Foredeck crew prepares the lines to jibe in the Whitebread XXVIII

Preparing to Jibe

Rich LaBella
A perfect barrel seems lit from the inside as a surfer pops out on a great ride.

Last One Out Turn Off the Lights

Rich LaBella
LABELLA 203 1 scaled

Power Exit

Rich LaBella
Geico SkyTypers performing in the annual Jones Beach Airshow. Close-quarters flight crossing.

Two-Way Traffic

Rich LaBella
Powering out as the barrel rolls all around you.

Makin’ It

Rich LaBella
#21 passes 17 as they race downwind

Popping Thru to Leeward

Rich LaBella
The Etchells fleet fills our view with chutes as it heads downwind

Sky Full o\’ Chutes

Rich LaBella
Kayakers on Skilak Lake in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, take in the golden sunset as the sun

Quiet Moment

Stuart L Gordon
Bowman keeps an eye on approaching yachts at the start of the Whitebread Race.

You Still There?

Rich LaBella
J/24s crossing tacks close-aboard going to windward

Close-aboard Crossing

Rich LaBella
Leading Etchells hikes out to flatten the boat as it crosses ahead of close rivals.

Crossing Ahead

Rich LaBella
C&C25 fleet close-crossing tacks just after the start.

Starboard! Comin\\\\’ Thru

Rich LaBella
Etchells crossing tacks as they pound to weather on the first leg as they hike out to keep the boats

Blasting to Weather

Rich LaBella
J/24 starts to lose control of the chute as gusts make sailing downwind challenging

Losing Control

Rich LaBella
Attempt at escaping the barrel foiled as the section closes out.

Seconds from collapse

Rich LaBella
Perfect break, but no one to ride it.

Empty Barrel

Rich LaBella
Looking out from the inside of the barrel on a great ride.

Tucked in the Barrel

Rich LaBella

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