A Tough Day in the Trenches

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It was a day for grinding out the wins on the long haul back from YANMAR Racing’s disappointing opening qualifying session at the Korea Match Cup, the second event on the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. After two losses and a collision damage penalty that took away the point from their first win, four-time Tour winner Peter Gilmour and his team started the day with nothing from three races. They dug deep and by the end of the second qualifying session they had recovered to three points from seven races and now lie in eighth overall – just the right side of the qualification cut-off for the quarter finals.

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MSC 90 conclusions

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Interim guidance for private maritime security companies (PMSCs) was agreed by IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization’s London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012.
The MSC (photos here) also adopted a resolution recommending operational measures aimed at enhancing the safety of large cruise passenger ships, as well as a work plan to address passenger ship safety matters, in the wake of the Costa Concordia incident in January.
The busy agenda further saw the adoption of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and adoption and approval of other guidelines, codes and circulars, submitted by the IMO Sub-Committees.
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The MSC agreed Interim Guidance to private maritime security companies (PMSC) providing privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) aboard vessels transiting the high-risk area off the east coast of Africa. (See Briefing 17/2012)

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ABU DHABI FIND THE ESCAPE ROUTE

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Overnight, the racing for the six-boat fleet approaching the finish of Leg 7 from Miami to Lisbon in Portugal has been some of the most intense in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) closed to within 0.4 nm of leg leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) at 0100 GMT this morning, pushing PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) to third place, but as the night wore on and the wind strength gradually improved, signalling the exit route of the no-wind ridge, optimism returned to Ian Walker and his men.

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Richard Hewson and his Gold Coast Australia crew have just added another win to the other eight so far in the Clipper Round the World Race, crewed by novices who are looking for a bit of adventure. Hewson must have that special extra something in not only positioning his boat with precision tactically each and every leg, but getting teams of people he doesn’t know to work well as a team. While some crew stay the duration of the 40,000 nautical mile 11 month race with 15 stopovers, many contest just one leg. Hewson may not have been a big name on yachting calendars internationally prior to this race, but we bet he’ll get plenty of offers when this edition of the race finishes in July.

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New Sunderland RNLI lifeboat volunteer takes part in 1st emergency call

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Sunderland RNLI lifeboat volunteer Jonny Lindsley (Credit RNLI/Paul Nicholson)

Date: 30/05/2012

Author: Paul Nicholson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

 

An emergency call out last week for Sunderland RNLI proved to be a landmark mission for its volunteer Jonny Lindsley after he formed part of the boat crew onboard the stations Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat for the first time during a real rescue mission.

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Kits CCG Base Closure

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By John Blown

Submitted by: Tim Jones
On behalf of the Executive of North Shore Rescue Team Society, I would like to respectfully state that the basing of the full time Fast Response Vessel at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base continue.

This vessel plays a vital role in not only marine search and rescue in and outside Vancouver harbor but in support of ground based search and rescue on the North Shore and Indian Arm.

This full-time asset works in unison with the auxiliary volunteer lifeboats boats based at Horseshoe Bay and Deep Cove to ensure that a seamless capability is available 24/7, 365 a days a year.

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Tim scuba diving for space

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ESA astronaut Timothy Peake training for the PADI Rescue Diver certificate at ESA’s astronaut training centre in Cologne, Germany.

“The better diver you are, the better you will be at spacewalks,” explains Hervé Stevenin, head of the Astronaut Training Unit preparing ESA astronauts for spacewalks.

Credits: ESA–Dr. H. Rüb

30 May 2012
ESA astronaut Timothy Peake’s crewmates on this year’s Neemo underwater training can rest assured: Tim is training as a rescue diver at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.

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