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Scuttlebutt Photos of the Week
April 7-11, 2008

A random assortment of photos submitted to Scuttlebutt this week.
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This year's 25th Anniversary Edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is expecting a record fleet, which will be sailed from August 23-30 on the warm tropical waters that surround Hamilton Island, in the Whitsundays, Australia.

The Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race is underway again, with the fleet of ten identical 68-foot yachts on the leg from Hawaii to Santa Cruz, CA. The first finishers are expected to arrive by approximately April 19th, with the containers already getting set-up in the Santa Cruz Harbor parking lot. Race site:

The annual California International Sailing Association's Advanced Racing Clinic once again attracted an elite group of coaches and participants during the April 5-8, 2008 even in Long Beach, CA. Photos by Rich Roberts.

The Olympic torch is crossing continents and oceans on its way to the summer games in China, and this week experienced huge demonstrations in England, France, and San Francisco. Here is the torch during happier times in San Francisco, as it passed through town for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT. Photo by Erik Simonson/

Hot yachts from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe sailed in the inaugural Virgin Islands Race Week (VIRW), a glorious 10-day holiday for sailors and sailing families that encompassed the International Rolex Regatta held in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, March 28-30, and the British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, hosted out of Tortola & Virgin Gorda, March 31 to April 6. Brisk trade winds in both regattas added to the challenge and excitement this year. In the end, it was Bill Alcott’s Andrews 68 Equation (top), and Rick Wesslund's J/120 El Ocaso (below) on top.

The BMW ORACLE Racing team were training this week in Lorient, France onboard the 60 ft trimaran Groupama 2. Photos by Gilles Martin-Raget/

Some people just can't let winter run its course, and have to jump the gun. That would be... this guy. More images here.

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