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Scuttlebutt Photos of the Week
April 21-25, 2008

A random assortment of photos submitted to Scuttlebutt this week.
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Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua – Over 180 boats of nearly every size and description – ranging in size from the 100-foot canting-keel maxi ICAP Leopard to a dedicated one-design fleet of 29-foot International Dragons, with a little bit of everything in between – make up the provisional entry list for the 41st running of Stanford Antigua Sailing Week. The annual Caribbean festival of top-tier yacht racing and world-class “après sail” parties is now just days away, with competition set to begin on Sunday, April 27th and continuing through May 2nd.

The “Meteor” team, Royal Huisman Shipyard, Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects, J/G Alden Design and John Munford Design, were recognized at the 2008 World Superyacht Awards as the winner in the Sailing Yacht of the Year category, the Sailing Yacht Exterior Styling category, and the Sailing Yacht in the 45m+ size range category. At a LOA of 51,59 meter (incl. bowsprit), “Meteor” has a traditional Schooner rig but constructed from carbon fibre to enhance her sailing performance.

UK-Halsey sailmakers shows off their vertical battens, which are allowing in-mast furling mains to enjoy some positive roach and added power for performance sailing.

Among the sights for Southern California yachties is photographer Dennis St. Onge’s ‘Da Woody’, who will likely be on the start line in Newport Beach, CA on Friday for the start of the race to Ensenada, Mexico. Photo by Rich Roberts.

Jim Swartz’s Reichel/Pugh designed STP65, Moneypenny getting checked out after her launch in Australia. She is now enroute to the states, and will be seen in some tune-up events in the northeast before hitting the start line in June for the Newport to Bermuda race. Photo by Andrea Francolini.

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Leave it to the Brits to go the extra yard for Olympic gold, with this stunning image a result of 19 hours of photography by Ranald Mackechnie, and over nine hours spent in make-up with body painting specialist Phyllis Cohen. From left to right are: Skandia Team GBR Sailors Bryony Shaw, Women’s RS:X class / Iain Percy MBE, Star Class / Saskia Clark & Christina Bassadone, Women’s 470 class / Leigh McMillan, Tornado class.

Despite strong winds that are often saddled with a massive swell when the ebb tide is flowing, San Francisco Bay still enjoys great fleets among the classic past. Photo by Erik Simonson/

The legend of Russell Coutts continues to grow, and here he is teamed up with his new boss Larry Ellison, winning the match racing segment of the first RC44 class event this week in Sardinia. Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget.

Photographer Fried Elliott captured this sequence from the 2008 Star Worlds last week in Miami, FL, showing that even a keelboat can capsize..

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