GREAT BRITAIN TEAM YACHT LAUNCHED IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE TODAY

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– Nelson’s front row seat for new Clipper 70 ocean racer

– Land Rover, ARM Holdings and Grange Hotels revealed as first Team Partners

– GREAT Britain will be flagship of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet as longest ocean race on the planet prepares to depart London 1 September

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A GREAT Britain yacht was launched today (Wednesday 31 July 2013) on the North Terrace of Trafalgar Square in front of the National Gallery. Nelson looked down from his column on the proceedings as Sports Minister the Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP and legendary UK yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston named the GREAT Britain entry in the 2013-14 edition of the unique Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

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The Tot and Royal Yachts – two great traditions trashed by venial politicians

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In a number of respects the Old Navy that I knew and loved is no more. Sailors do not sleep in hammocks these days, the female of the species now serves alongside chaps at sea – and the tot is no longer on regular issue.

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Day 2 at 470 Junior Worlds, Masters’ Cup and Open Classic in La Rochelle, France

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LIGHT BREEZE, BOUNCY SEA AND 3 RACES FOR ALL FLEETS

Scattered showers, intermittent sun and a fluctuating breeze over today’s 3 races gave a real flavour of racing on the Atlantic coast off La Rochelle, France on day 2 of the 470 Junior Worlds, 470 Masters’ Cup and 470 Open Classic events.

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How Did Earth’s Primitive Chemistry Get Kick Started?

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This image from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean shows a collection of limestone towers known as the “Lost City.” Alkaline hydrothermal vents of this type are suggested to be the birthplace of the first living organisms on the ancient Earth.
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How did life on Earth get started? Three new papers co-authored by Mike Russell, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., strengthen the case that Earth’s first life began at alkaline hydrothermal vents at the bottom of oceans. Scientists are interested in understanding early life on Earth because if we ever hope to find life on other worlds — especially icy worlds with subsurface oceans such as Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus — we need to know what chemical signatures to look for.

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Selene Yachts Rendez-vous in Croatia a resounding success

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The first Selene Yachts Rendez Vous in Europe was organised from 19 to 23 July. Eight Selene trawlers with owners from across Europe participated in this event. In addition, the event hosted all the European dealers and the renowned designer Guido de Groot, who is responsible for drawing the larger Selene models. Howard Chen, owner of the Selene yard, also travelled from China especially for the occasion. The Rendez Vous was organised in cooperation with Marina Punat on the island of Krk in Croatia.

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Harvey Deep Sea gets its crane on

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July 30, 2013—Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC said that its flagship multipurpose construction vessel Harvey Deep-Sea has, with the assistance of Bisso Marine, completed installation of its NOV 165 ton heave compensated knuckle boom crane at Associated Terminals in Port of St. Bernard, LA. The vessel is currently undergoing mobilization at Bollinger Shipyards in Port Fourchon, LA, in support of its four year charter to DOF Subsea.

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A NASA Infrared Baby Picture of Tropical Depression 7E

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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this infrared image of Tropical Depression 7E on July 30 at 4:07 a.m. EDT. Strongest storms (purple) and heaviest rains are in fragmented thunderstorms around the center.
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Tropical Depression 7E formed in the Eastern Pacific Ocean during the morning of July 30, and a NASA satellite was overhead to get an infrared baby picture. NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the depression and saw strong, but fragmented thunderstorms around the center.

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