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    Participants in the Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Winning flags from the Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race blow in the wind.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Winning flags blow in the wind. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Participating sailboats in the race docked at the end of one of the legs.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Participants in the race enjoy some downtime on a sailboat.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Participating sailboats in the race docked at the end of one of the legs.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo) 

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    The sail of a participating boat in the race. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    View from the top of the mast of a participating boat in the race.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Participants of the race sailing around Vancouver Island.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo) 

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    A participant in the race.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Participants in the race sailing around Vancouver Island. (Photo: Paul Colangelo) 

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    Participants in the race sailing around Vancouver Island.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Participants in the race.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Participants in the race sailing around Vancouver Island.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    A participant in the race. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Participants in the race. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Participants in the race. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Spectators and the race committee watch sailboats competing in the Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Spectators watch sailboats competing in the race.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Sailboats begin the Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race in Nanaimo Harbour. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Sailboats in Nanaimo Harbour. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Sailboats in Nanaimo Harbour. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    Sailboats in Nanaimo Harbour. (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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    A participant of the race walks among docked boats at the end of one of the legs.  (Photo: Paul Colangelo)

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PHOTOGRAPHING A COMPETITIVE SAILBOAT race isn’t easy, especially when you’re trying to get the perfect angle without rocking the boat and costing the crew the race.

“You learn to walk like a cat, prancing around the boat as lightly as possible,” says photographer Paul Colangelo, whose fancy footwork helped him capture stunning images of the 2013 Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race.