Nothing is carved in stone

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The third day of the 2014 Régates Royales de Cannes – Trophée Panerai, featured the right alchemy that makes sail racing perfect: good weather conditions, excitement and top level crews. The Classics had their course set in the area from Cap Roux to Cap Esterel, but a fading wind forced the race Committee to shorten the course off La Napoule. The 12Metres and the Dragons sailed just off the Cannes breakwater and in the Golfe-Juan respectively and had three intense races that better defined the provisional overall standings. With only two days left, every single point counts to clinch final victory.

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Rachel (Eastern Pacific)

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NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the large Tropical Storm Rachel on Sept. 25 at 4:41 p.m. EDT and saw colder cloud tops (purple) indicating thunderstorm heights were increasing and it was strengthening.
Image Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

NASA’s Aqua satellite saw the area of strong thunderstorms with colder cloud tops had grown within the Eastern Pacific Ocean’s Tropical Storm Rachel.

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Rachel (Eastern Pacific)

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NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the large Tropical Storm Rachel on Sept. 25 at 4:41 p.m. EDT and saw colder cloud tops (purple) indicating thunderstorm heights were increasing and it was strengthening.
Image Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

NASA’s Aqua satellite saw the area of strong thunderstorms with colder cloud tops had grown within the Eastern Pacific Ocean’s Tropical Storm Rachel.

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RNLI Kessock volunteer recognised for 20 years service

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Picture shows: Paul Daly (L) presenting Alan McDiarmid (R) with his 20 year service medal
Credit: RNLI Kessock
Date:
24/09/2014
Author: Dan Holland

Alan McDiarmid who has volunteered for the RNLI at Kessock since its conception has been awarded a 20 year Long Service Badge in recognition of his dedication to the charity that saves lives at sea.

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Clipper Race yacht Old Pulteney to make ‘home’ debut at Scotland’s largest boat show

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A 70-foot ocean racing yacht which circumnavigated the globe in the latest edition of the famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, representing Scottish Whisky brand Old Pulteney, will be centre stage in front of thousands of visitors at the Scotland Boat Show, 10-12 October, being staged on the Clyde, near Glasgow.

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Two lives saved after fishermen spotted clinging to upturned dinghy.

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RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat was called into action this morning (11.16am – Thursday 25th September 2014) to reports of man in trouble near the Winner sand bank, outside Langstone Harbour.

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U.K. barge operator fined for releasing dangerous gas

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Aker Philly lays keel of first Crowley JV Jones Act tanker

September 25, 2014—Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA, held a ceremonial keel laying yesterday for the first of four 50,000 dwt Jones Act product tankers that it is building for its joint venture with Crowley Maritime Corporation. In keeping with long shipbuilding tradition, representatives from Aker Philadelphia and Crowley placed coins on one of the keel blocks before the unit was lowered into place in the building dock as a ceremonial sign of good fortune and safe travels. The 600 ft product tankers are based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design which incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements.

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Kammuri (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

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This visible image of Tropical Storm Kammuri was taken on Sept. 25 from the VIIRS instrument aboard NOAA-NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite.
Image Credit: NRL/NOAA/NASA

When NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Kammuri the VIIRS instrument aboard took a visible picture of the storm that showed bands of thunderstorms wrapped around its center. The storm appears to be coming together as circulation improves and bands of thunderstorms have been wrapping into the low-level center of circulation.

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