AN ABSORBING RACE IN THE FRAME

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26 December is normally a day of rest, those that celebrate Christmas wholeheartedly using the opportunity to relax from the feasting and excess. Not so the crews of the 93 yachts currently aiming to be on the start line of the 67th Rolex Sydney Hobart. Boxing Day, as the Commonwealth nations refer to the second day of Christmas, is no time to be sitting idle. With 628 nautical miles ahead of them, the notorious Bass Strait ‘Paddock’, and a rendezvous with ‘a quiet little drink’ in Hobart, they have plenty to do and to think about.

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HARD DAY’S NIGHT FOR GROUPAMA 4

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Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race

At 1900 tonight the trailing Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) was in for yet more grief. The boat will continue to wallow, making slow progress in light and fickle wind conditions. This will be followed by a low-pressure system, which will build overnight allowing the team to gybe and at least point their bows in the direction of the Cape Town finish line.

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RNLI Queensferry lifeboat rescues seaman in Force 6 gales

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Date: 26/11/2011

Author: Hamish Campbell, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

At 9.30 am on Saturday (26 November) the RNLI Queensferry lifeboat responded to a six metre RIB, Volante, which had suffered engine failure leaving Port Edgar and, in the powerful wind, was swept on to the tyre barrier.

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Portaferry RNLI lifeboat called to three casualties in Strangford Lough

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Date: 26/11/2011

Author: Portaferry RNLI lifeboat called to three casualties in Strangford Lough, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Portaferry RNLI lifeboat volunteers took part in the dramatic rescue of three casualties in stormy seas just off Ballyhornan, in Strangford Lough, Co. Down in a coordinated rescue involving Newcastle RNLI, the South Down Coastguard and the Irish Coastguard helicopter.

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Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat continues search for missing mariners

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Holyhead lifeboat joins Saturday’s search for missing crewmen from the Swanland

Date: 28/11/2011

Author: Isla Reynolds, Public Relations Officer

Volunteers from Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat station launched again at 10.30 am this morning (28 November) to continue the search for five crew men missing after their cargo ship sank in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Ice limit reset – GOR Class40s ready to roll

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Calm before the start for the GOR Class40s as Volvo 70 Camper is craned ashore

Last week, the Race Committee of the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) imposed a southern limit for the forthcoming Leg 2 from Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand. The no-go zone stretched across the majority of the Indian Ocean below 42 degrees South from the start line’s longitude beneath the Cape of Good Hope, to south of Australia, prohibiting the six Class40s in the GOR fleet from diving south on a shorter route. The trigger for this decision was the increasing incidence of ice drifting far north from Antarctica, specifically in the double-handed, IMOCA Open 60, Barcelona World Race earlier this year and, more recently, just over one month ago, a report of ‘two very large icebergs’ at 44 degrees S, 49 degrees E in the vicinity of the Crozet Islands logged by a yacht competing in the Clipper Round the World Race.

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MARLINK PROVIDES GLOBAL VSAT SOLUTION TO ODFJELL MANAGEMENT A.S.

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Requirement for higher bandwidth and improved communication services for seafarers is supported by move to VSAT

As part of a new agreement with global transportation provider Odfjell Management AS, Marlink is to supply WaveCall™ VSAT systems for installation aboard 40 vessels. Having worked with Odfjell for several years supplying MSS on-demand services, Marlink’s renewed contract represents a further move to VSAT for the transportation company, to support higher usage at a fixed, predictable monthly cost.

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