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Scuttlebutt Photos of the Week
February 11-15, 2008

A random assortment of photos submitted to Scuttlebutt this week.
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Even in the dead of winter, here is a photo submitted by Chuck Ramsay from the Snowflake Race at the West Vancouver Yacht Club in BC, Canada.

Some of the finest heavy air dinghy sailors have come from South America, and a look at these Optimist photos from the 2008 Semana de Mar del Plata Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina might indicate that the kids get some pretty good training in these upper end conditions. Many more images by Matias Capizzano can be found here.

Designed by Rolf Vrolijk, the new Mean Machine TP 52 is being built in the Salthouse shipyard (Auckland, NZL), having started construction last October. Expected to take some 5 months to complete, the new boat should be leaving the shipyard mid-March, to then be loaded onto a cargo ship bound for Belgium. From thereon the boat will be carefully transported by road down to Valencia where the she will finally be put together from the April 22nd onwards.

The Australian 18 Footers League will be hosting the annual JJ Giltinan Championship next week on Sydney Harbor, Australia, which is their unofficial world championship (only classes recognized by ISAF can have official world champs). Past champion American Howie Hamlin has been there training for the past week to take on the best that this class of racing has to offer.

Photographer Erik Simonson provides images of 39-year-old David Vannís 50-ft aluminum trimaran Tin Can. Vann hopes to leave San Francisco, CA this weekend on a four-month non-stop singlehanded circumnavigation. That is, unless some hobo recycles his multihull first.

Skipper Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) of Paprec Virbac 2 swarmed by the media following his finish (along with Irish co-skipper Damian Foxall) at 20:49:49 GMT on February 11th 2008 to win the inaugural Barcelona World Race, a doublehanded non-stop race around the world. Photo by Sally Collison.

Photographer Andrea Francolini provides this slide show from the 2008 World Laser Championships in Terrigal, Australia, that were won this week by defending champion Tom Slingsby (AUS).

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