Running before the storm

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GOR Race Viewer 15:00 GMT 30/5/12

With the four Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s chased across the mid-Atlantic by a deep low pressure system, speeds are remaining high despite drastically reduced sail. Meeting the strongest of the westerly wind on Wednesday afternoon, fleet leaders, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough on Cessna Citation, continue to poll 11-12-knot averages, adding 64 miles to the separation with the chasing trio in the past 24 hours and leading by 400 miles at 15:00 GMT on Wednesday as the Kiwi-Australian duo leave Flores – the most westerly island in the Azores group – 150 miles off their starboard beam and climb north-east.

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Equipe Foxers win the Model Yacht Racing Trophy

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A report by Phil Riley

Yacht racing, as participants and observers know, can be the cruellest of sports. What appears to be a nailed on certainty of victory can be snatched away in seconds amid the lottery of light winds, and it makes no difference whether you are aboard a Volvo 70, 36-foot cruiser-racer or 49er dinghy – or in control of a one metre long radio-controlled model Laser. So it was at the model yacht racing event held on TUESDAY evening (29th May) as part of the Royal Southern Yacht Club’s 175 Regatta, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin.

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Samui Regatta – AY Race Report 3

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Storm lashes fleet as regatta reaches half way mark…
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May 30th: Fortunately the earlier weather forecast of wind fading away by mid-week has been revised to double figures for the rest of the regatta. The current trend is sunny and good South Westerly flow in the morning with building scattered showers interrupting play in the afternoon. PRO Ross Chisholm kept the pressure on the IRC 0 & 1 classes calling for a windward/leeward race followed by a 30nm passage race, rounding nearby islands to the South of Samui and back. The windward/leeward race went without a hitch but the passage race was marred first by light patches then a violent rain squall with 45+ knots descending on the fleet as they rounded the South Island and on the way back to the finish. These conditions have directly affected the results and given breathing room to some skippers or compressed others even further into a corner.

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles… to Match Racing Boats

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YANMAR Racing’s epic journey from Lake Constance in Germany to Gyeonggi Province in South Korea – from Match Race Germany to the Korea Match Cup – finished at midnight on the 29th May. The team were back up just six hours later, and straight into the gym to lose a few kilograms and make the crew weight limit. Then it was straight out on the water to finish their journey and start the second event on the 2012 Alpari World Match Race Tour.

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NO ROOM TO BREATHE FOR ABU DHABI

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Groupama speed on despite ballast leak

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The lead, which Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) has built up in Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Miami to Lisbon, Portugal, is approaching the critical time, with just 467 nautical miles to run to the finish. Will it be enough of a buffer to hold off PUMA Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA) and Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA), both of whom have a shot at winning the race overall?

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DETERMINED TEAMWORK, THRILLING OUTCOME

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JETHOU (GBR) races upwind to the finish in Capri, Leg Two
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The second edition of the Rolex Volcano Race concluded in true Caprese style as fifteen international crews toasted a week’s enthralling sailing during the Rolex party and prizegiving at La Canzone del Mare on Friday 25 May. A combination of envious views of Capri’s Faraglioni rock formations and a famous venue once owned by Anglo-Italian singer Gracie Fields, and treasured over the years by glitterati and thespians alike, provided a fitting finale to a magnificent week.

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Vripack Solar Team will compete in the Frisian Solar Challenge of 2012

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May 2012 – The Frisian Solar Challenge is the biggest sustainable event of the Netherlands. The event focuses on the design and construction of ultra-light and fast solar boats which are strong enough to endure the hardship of a long-distance race (220 KM) along the 11 famous Frisian cities. This year the race will be sailed from the 8th until the 14th of July and the expectations of the Vripack Solar Team are immense.

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VOLVO FLEET IN ATTACK MODE AS ABU DHABI CLINGS ON

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With 689 nautical miles to go to the finish of Leg 7 in Lisbon, Portugal, the pace has increased today as the chasing pack went into attack mode and continued to whittle away at Ian Walker and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s tenuous lead. Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) currently lying in second and first place overall, were back in the game, and the fleet was easily covering 500-miles plus in 24-hours, which was reducing the runway at a rapid rate.

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U.S. Coast Guard Accepts General Dynamics-built Rescue 21 Search and Rescue Communications System for Sector San Juan

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Rescue 21 system increases the speed and accuracy of maritime search and rescue operations while improving Coast Guard effectiveness in responding to security and maritime environmental threats.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Coast Guard today formally accepted the General Dynamics C4 Systems-built Rescue 21 search and rescue communications system now serving Sector San Juan. With the command center located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sector San Juan is responsible for all Coast Guard missions throughout the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands region. Using advanced direction-finding technologies and digital communications, the life-saving Rescue 21 system enables Coast Guard personnel to respond rapidly and efficiently to calls from distressed mariners out to at least 20 nautical miles from shore. The system also enables them to be more effective in responding to security and maritime environmental threats.

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