Chile – Second District MRCC – Valparaiso – Caldera, Coquimbo, Valparaiso, & San Antonio

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The Second District MRCC is in the Naval Zone Ia, North Chile and includes the major port of Valparaiso. The District extends West to 120 Degrees, 00 Minutes West where it meets SAR Area Papeete. At 30 Degrees, 00 Minutes South, it extends along the Southern boundary of SAR Area Papeete to 131 Degrees, 00 Minutes West where it meets SAR Area New Zealand.

Chile – Fifth District MRCC – Punta Arenas & Puerto Williams

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The Fifth District MRCC is divided into three seaward zones, defining the primary SAR assets, with regular Chilean Navy warships, with embarked helicopters, taking responsibility for the most westerly zone.

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The Fifth District MRCC is in Naval Zone IIIa. The mainland district of Chile is Patagonia, ending at Cape Horn. The MRCC Fifth District continues South to Antarctica and West to 131 Degrees 00 Minutes West, where it meets the SAR Zone covered by New Zealand. This is one of the most forbidding and hostile maritime areas on Earth. Prevailing winds are Westerly and the area is subject to frequent violent storms. In addition to cruise ships, many yacht races pass east about on circumnaviagation. A much smaller number attempt a west about rounding of Cape Horn and the smallest yacht to successfully make a west about passage was the Alpha Global Expedition yacht Barrabas, sailed by British solo yachtsman Adrian Flanagan.

Kick start your racing season with the RORC Easter Challenge

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Keronimo being coached at the RORC Easter Challenge 2012.
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It will soon be time to go sailing again and anyone wanting to have a go at IRC racing, whilst also benefitting from some personal and practical coaching, can count on the RORC Easter Challenge to deliver the goods over the Easter Bank Holiday (29th-31st March).

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Feb AYGP Newsletter

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Top guns reassert position on AYGP leaderboard…
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27th February 2013: The conclusion of the combined Subic Boracay Race & Cup, not only marks 70% completion of the 2012-13 Season, but is also when the long term campaigners come into their own. The AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards, are usually the domain of the Racing Class but at this stage, Peter Wilcox’s Schionning Gforce 1500 Mojo, with 3 mid-season Multihull Class victories, still holds a slender 3 point lead in the AYGP Championship.

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RNLI launches children’s competition to design the future of lifeboats

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is launching a competition for local school children to design their lifeboat of the future. The winning design will be displayed on wooden hoardings which will surround the build-site of the charity’s new All-weather Lifeboat Centre at its HQ in Poole.

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