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Scuttlebutt Photos of the Week
May 12-16, 2008

A random assortment of photos submitted to Scuttlebutt this week.
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After reading the America’s Cup reports, this ‘butthead wanted to let us all know about an event he found even more interesting

Or maybe all is not lost in this world of America's Cup litigation.

The six event 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit got underway this week in Alicante, Spain with sixteen TP 52 competing. Photo by Thierry Martinez.

The fleet of Open 60 and Class40 entrants started last weekend from Plymouth, England, racing solo across the Atlantic Ocean to Boston, MA, USA. Photo by Thierry Martinez.

ALEGRE was just launched at New England Boatworks for a European owner, this custom/pre-preg Carbon/Nomex/Corecell designed by Mark Mills will ship to Europe for UK IRC Nationals, Round Ireland Race, Cork Week, Cowes Week and then head to the Med for Maxi Worlds in Sardinia. Photo by Bob Sharkey/NEB.

Also launched recently from New England Boatworks was the Custom IRC Reichel/Pugh 69 - Bella Mente for Hap Fauth, which plans to race in Block Island Race Week later this month. Photo by Bob Sharkey/NEB.

Rye, NY-The American YC Spring series a double weekend regatta ended this past Sunday with conditions ranging over the four days from 5-35 knots. John Brim's Reichel-Pugh 55 Rima 2 repeated their fall series performance winning the tightly contested IRC division 1. However, it was Tom Carroll's J-133 that won the overall IRC trophy with a score line of all firsts discarding their only 2nd place finish in IRC 2. Meanwhile, John and Tony Esposito in their J-29 Hustler won the overall PHRF trophy. Photos by Allen Clark/

Dynamic Stability Systems (DSS) is set to revolutionise yachting with their elegant alternative. While canting keel or water ballast systems weigh down the weather side of the boat, DSS technology works in the opposite way: it lifts a boat’s leeward side. To do this a lifting foil, much like an airplane wing, mounted just above the waterline when the boat is upright, is projected out from the leeward side of the boat. During manoeuvres the foil is slid through a case, fixed laterally across the beam of the boat down in the bilge, its opposite end immediately providing lift on the new tack. An alternative arrangement is fitting twin boards that flip back horizontally into the hull on each side. DSS is the brainchild of America’s Cup designer and foil specialist Hugh Welbourn and has been some six years in development. The foil system has since been the subject of an intense R&D program including virtual simulations, and tank testing, while Welbourn has built scale radio-controlled models and also retrofitted a lateral board to one side of an existing yacht and installed a retrofit system to another. --

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