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Scuttlebutt Photos of the Week
January 17-23, 2009

A random assortment of photos submitted to Scuttlebutt this week.
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The Volvo Ocean Race skippers prior to Leg 4 from Singapore to Qingdao, China. One fewer chair needed for this gathering with Team Russia having suspended their program. Lower photo taken just after the start. Photo by Rick Tomlinson/VOR.

Etchells sailing in New Mexico, where a new fleet of 6 boats can be found in the desert at Rio Grande sailing Club on Elephant Butte Lake. Phtoto by Larry Jessee.

Photog Chris Cameron ( captures the first shakedown sail of BMW Oracle Racing team's USA98 as it gets prepped for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand, with racing January 31 to February 14, 2009.

Among the legendary high wind venues in the summer, sailing on San Francisco, CA in the winter is typically just the opposite. Photo by Erik Simonson.

Last fall, the 73-foot Bolero, the famous Sparkman and Stephens yawl, began a complete restoration at Rockport Marine. Under the leadership of shipwright John England, Bolero will have new frames, topside planking, deck, deck framing, interior and systems by the spring of 2010. Originally built in 1949, she was framed in oak and double planked using cedar and mahogany (click here for another image). Photos by Maria Simpson.

If you are racing in Key West Race Week, one of the ways to get the boat there is to compete in the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race the week before. Organized by SORC Management, which includes members of the Storm Trysail Club and Lauderdale Yacht Club, the 160-nautical-mile annual race started off of Port Everglades on Wednesday, January 14, and ran along the Florida Keys with a fleet of 46 boats spread acorss IRC, PHRF, Multihull and one-design classes. Photo by John Payne

Here are some images of Thomas Coville (FRA) arrival on the 105-foot maxi-trimaran Sodeb'O in Brest, France on January 17, 2009. Thomas is the third sailor to finish a Solo round the world without stop on a multihull, after Francis Joyon (FRA) and Ellen Mac Arthur ( GBR). Thomas did the tour in 59 Jours 20 heures, 47 minutes et 43 seconds, but came short of breaking Joyon's record. Photos by Thierry Martinez

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