Exmouth RNLI / Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ Fundraiser : Vote while you shop !

Photographs : 1. Exmouth RNLI / Tesco ‘Bags of Help’

2: Exmouth RNLI / Tesco Token Collection Point

Photographs credited Exmouth RNLI .

It’s ‘vote while you shop’ time at local Tesco’s and we’re very pleased to announce that Exmouth RNLI is one of the charities that can be supported as part of the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Groundwork initiative, granting funding to thousands of local community projects across the country.

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Marion Bermuda Anti-bias Adjustment Introduced for 2019 race to remove the bias against faster boats

Marion MA, May 21, 2019: When the 2019 Marion Bermuda Race starts June 14, the Founders Division boats will be sailing under a unique, new “anti-bias” adjustment of the ORR handicap system. The adjustment designed by race organizers in collaboration with the Offshore Racing Association (ORA) should remove the bias against faster boats by eliminating the “Parking Lot” effect.

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Resolve removes wreck that threatened turtle nesting beach; Tech can track ships that turn off AIS transponders

May 22nd 2019
May 22, 2019 — A complex wreck removal operation by Resolve Marine Group has removed a threat to a beach that is home to five of the world’s seven species of sea turtle, four of which nest there – the green turtle, the hawksbill, the loggerhead, and the Olive Ridley.

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From Concept to Reality

FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY: THE MELGES IC37 CLASS
ZENDA, Wis. (May 21, 2019) — The Melges IC37 Class has transformed from concept to reality. On Friday, May 31, 20 boats will converge on the starting line for the very first time.
The fleet of 20 New York Yacht Club (NYYC) owned boats has left the two factories, Westerly Marine and FIBRE Mechanics. Now that the initial fleet has been delivered, the builders are now working to construct the privately-owned boats, purchased around the world.

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KVH Appoints Ken Loke as VP for the Asia-Pacific Region

Mr. Loke brings to his role extensive experience in the satellite industry and strong relationships in this growing maritime region

MIDDLETOWN, RI – May 22, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), is pleased to announce that Ken Loke has been named Vice President – Asia Pacific, to direct all initiatives for KVH in this important region. Mr. Loke has extensive experience in satellite and managed services with top companies active in the telecommunications and maritime industries. KVH provides connectivity solutions for the maritime market, including global mini-VSAT Broadbandsm services used by thousands of vessels worldwide.

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MARAD picks TOTE as VCM for NSMV program; Private equity partnership buys green ferry pioneer

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May 21, 2019 — As construction manager, TOTE Services will be responsible for selecting a shipyard and ensuring that commercial best practices are utilized to deliver the NSMV on time and on budget. “The U.S. shipbuilding industry is vital to America’s economic strength and security,” said Maritime Administrator RADM Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret.). “The selection of TOTE Services to work with a U.S. shipyard to deliver this class of vessels is an investment in our nation’s vital maritime infrastructure and underscores our mission to foster and promote the U.S. Merchant Marine.”

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Earlier, Easier Entry for 2020 Newport Bermuda Race

To simplify the process of entering the race, organizers have issued a Notice of Race with an initial entry date of June 21, 2019 at 1pm EDT. A revamped website was launched as well.

May 20, 2019 (Newport, R.I)—Breaking with tradition, the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) is opening registration for the biennial Newport Bermuda Race a year in advance of the June 19, 2020 race start. In issuing the Notice of Race for the 52nd running of the event, the initial entry date moves up several months compared to 2018.

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2018 GGR: Tapio Lehtinen – Barnacles killed my race

 

  “Barnacles: When I first saw them on the bottom before reaching Hobart, I knew my race was over.” Tapio Lehtinen

  • Final GGR  finisher takes 5th place
  • Circumnavigation time: 322 days 8 hours 21 minutes

Dateline: 20/05/2019, Les Sables d’Olonne, France

 
Tapio Lehtinen and his yacht Asteria, finishing off Les Sables d’Olonne yesterday.

Asteria was escorted the final 10 miles by Bernard Moitessier’s famous French Golden Globe Race yacht Joshua.
 
Media scrum: Lehtinen besieged by media and fellow Golden Globe race skippers wanting a word and to welcome him back

Below: Tapio Lehtinen receives the McIntyre Adventure Spirit of the GGR trophy

Barnacle growth was the root cause of Finnish skipper Tapio Lehtinen’s slow solo circumnavigation but the 110 day difference between his and Race winner Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s time was definitely enjoyable.

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