Art Gallery of Sailboat Painting, Sailing Art, Seascapes and Nautical Art


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Artistic Sailboats - Raenette Franklin - Artist

My love of the water began as a child when my family would spend all summer in a cottage on a lake in Michigan. My first job was as a life guard.

I began sailing as a windsurfer then progressed to sailboats. I now sail all summer on Lake Michigan and race with The Little Traverse Yacht Club.  I own a J100 which I named "Courage, pictured here during the Rolex National Campionship. It has a PHRF rating of 93.

Our crew has progressed rapidly. We ended the season with three first places in a row, ahead the rest of the fleet by five minutes after correted time. Next season we will move up to race with the J105s. I am looking forward to the challange.

In the winter I sail on the Gulf of Mexico and various other places in the Caribbean.  I got my bare boat rating in the British Virgin Islands. Last February I attended a week of J World Racing School in Key West.

In between, I race with The University of Michigan Sailing Club where I am a sailing instructor. We sail J15s and Lasers.

You can visit my blog at: to read about about my adventures and view hundreds of my seascape pictures from the Mediterranean to the Pacific. 

I began drawing and painting as a child. I graduated from college with an degree in fine art and spent many years as a commercial illustrator. I also exhibited in art Laserfairs. These days, I exhibit my art in art shows, competitions, ang the "By the Bay Gallery" in Harbor Springs, northern Michigan.

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Thank you for taking the time to view my nautical art and please return again. I am always working on something new inspired by my love of sailing.