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Scuttlebutt Photos of the Week
March 7-13, 2009

A random assortment of photos submitted to Scuttlebutt this week.
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Held in the Swiss resort of Gstaad, where the Gstaad Yacht Club is based, the event combined ski races with match racing in the semi-Olympic indoor pool with remote-controlled America’s cup model replica boats. The Societe Nautique de Geneve narrowly beat Royal Yacht Squadron in the final (click here for details). Photo by Jürg Kaufmann.

There should be a rule that when a trophy is won, you applaud the winner and the winner holds the trophy overhead. This is how they do it in other sports, and here is an example of perfect form by Pieter Taselaar after he won the Melges 32 class at the 2009 ACURA Miami Grand Prix event in Miami, FL. Photo credit: © 2009 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association.

Robert Harf is racing his Melges 24 BONES at the St Francis YC Spring Keelboat Regatta last weekend, when it is definitely not spring by the calendar or, based on the beanies/gloves/helmuts/spray gear, not spring by the thermometer either. Photo by Erik Simonson.

From Jim Clary, Marine Artist, Author: "The Thomas W. Lawson, with thirteen letters in her name, was the only seven-masted vessel in the world. Known as "Lucky Seven," the steel hulled, 404' schooner was launched at Quincy, Massachusetts in 1902. She was initially designed to haul coal up and down the Atlantic coast, and did so until 1907, when the price of coal tumulted. Then refitted to carry bulk liquid, she was contracted by the Sun Oil Company (Sunoco), to haul two-and-a quarter million gallons of light oil to England. It was during this maiden voyage across the Atlantic that she encountered three gales which rendered her sails useless. Having no other means of propulsion, she went aground, broke up and sank off the Scilly Islands, southwest of Cornwall on Friday the thirteen, December 1907. Her demise would be marked as the world's first oil spill."

New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, RI rolls out Titan XV, a new 75-foot IRC Maxi designed by Reichel/Pugh. That's one way to melt the snow. Additional photos at

Morgan Yachts is displaying a new model that will be launched during the summer... they call it the Dinghy 33. Anybody that calls this a dinghy has some serious bank. Even in a bad economy, the marine industry sails on.

From Tom Selldorff: "We recently spent a few days cruising on a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala province in India (near Cochin, where the Volvo racers made a stop). While most of the boats we saw were rather primitive dugout-type paddle boats, here are some that are pretty high-tech."

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Scuttlebutt Sailing Club

GMT Composites

Team McLube

Lemon & Line

Newport Shipyard

Kaenon Polarized

Melges Performance Sailboats

Atlantis WeatherGear

North Sails

North U.

Team One Newport

Doyle Sails

Annapolis Performance Sailing

Ullman Sails

Point Loma Outfitting

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