Canfield and Williams first into Argo Group Gold Cup Quarter Finals

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Mixed up matches racing in Group 2 Qualifying round-robin matches on Day 2 of the Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. © Talbot Wilson

Argo Group Gold Cup: Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour—
by Talbot Wilson

Hamilton BERMUDA, October 23, 2014: Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, top seed in Group 2, is the first skipper to qualify for the Quarter Finals in the 2014 Argo Group Cup. Canfield lost his first match in Day 1 racing against Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing. Since then the #2 skipper on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour has sailed to seven straight points. He will sail Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets in the final flight, Friday.

Second to qualify is Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar. By press deadline he reached a score of 7.5 points with 8 wins, but a ½ point deduction for the collision on Wednesday. The first pick for the Quarter Final automatically goes to the top qualifier from Group 1. Williams could face a challenge from Hansen when they meet in the final flight of Group 1 on Friday.

Canfield speculated on Ian Williams’ choice if Williams continues to lead and tops Group 1. “I think Williams will pick me,” he said. “It is a matter of the standings on the Tour and he wants to solidify his position.”

Earlier in the week Williams had said, “If Canfield is sailing badly I’ll would pick him.” He then said he would pick the lowest ranking Quarter finalist. We’ll get to see how it all goes down on Friday when the choice is made.

Three of the next 4 skippers in Group 1 may also qualify for the Quarters… Pierre Morvan (FRA) Vannes Aggio Sailing Team, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team, Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team.

Group 1 teams who will not make the cup include RBYC Commodore Somers Kempe’s team Raymarine/Ocean Electronics, David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team, Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match the World.

Group 2 has finished sailing their Thursday flights and none of the teams except Canfield in Group 2 is safely out of the Qualifying session and into the Quarter Finals yet. Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team is in 2nd place after 10 of 11 full Flights with 5 points. He along with 5 skippers sitting on 4 points can go through or go home.
Skippers on 4 points with one flight left in Qualifying include David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour, Eric Monnin (SWI) Swiss Match Racing Team, Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing.

Skippers on 4 points, but with two flights left to sail, are Mathieu Richard and Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing. He has sailed one less race after a crewman was injured in flight 8 and they missed their flight 10 match.

Lance Fraser (BER) Digicel Bermuda, Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing and Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing have already missed the cut but can play the role of spoiler on Friday. Fraser sails Richard, Poole sails Monnin and Robertson sails Lindberg. We will probably see some tiebreakers and count-backs for Group 2 on Friday when the Quarter Final skippers are confirmed.

Sailing in the Group 1 Qualifying Session matches continues Thursday afternoon. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar had a nearly perfect first day in the Argo Group gold Cup. He won all four of his matches but stands on 3.5 points. A half point was deducted following a collision with Francesco Bruni (ITA) Lunna Rossa. Williams leads Group 1 going into flight 6 on Wednesday.

Current results are posted at .

Sailing starts again on Friday at 9:00 ADT with the remaining Qualifying matches.
2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Standings coming into the Argo Group gold Cup:

1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 94pts
2 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 88pts
3 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 76pts
4 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing 63pts
5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 58pts
6 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 56pts
7 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 39pts
8 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 20pts

Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars

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This composite NASA Hubble Space Telescope Image captures the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet, which happened at 2:28 p.m. EDT October 19, 2014.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has produced a unique composite image of comet Siding Spring as it made its never-before-seen close passage of a comet by Mars.

Siding Spring, officially designated Comet C/2013 A1, made its closest approach to Mars at 2:28 p.m. EDT on Oct. 19, at a distance of approximately 87,000 miles. That is about one-third of the distance between Earth and the moon. At that time, the comet and Mars were about 149 million miles from Earth.

The comet image is a composite of Hubble exposures taken between Oct. 18, 8:06 a.m. to Oct. 19, 11:17 p.m. Hubble took a separate image of Mars at 10:37 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The Mars and comet images have been added together to create a single picture to illustrate the angular separation, or distance, between the comet and Mars at closest approach. The separation is approximately 1.5 arc minutes, or one-twentieth of the angular diameter of the full moon. The background star field in this composite image is synthesized from ground-based telescope data provided by the Palomar Digital Sky Survey, which has been reprocessed to approximate Hubble’s resolution.

The solid icy comet nucleus is too small to be resolved in the Hubble picture. The comet’s bright coma, a diffuse cloud of dust enshrouding the nucleus, and a dusty tail, are clearly visible.

This is a composite image because a single exposure of the stellar background, comet Siding Spring, and Mars would be problematic. Mars actually is 10,000 times brighter than the comet, so it could not be properly exposed to show detail in the Red Planet. The comet and Mars also were moving with respect to each other and could not be imaged simultaneously in one exposure without one of the objects being motion blurred. Hubble had to be programmed to track on the comet and Mars separately in two different observations.

NASA used its extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, to image and study this once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby. In preparation for the comet flyby, NASA maneuvered its Mars Odyssey orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), and the newest member of the Mars fleet, Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), in order to reduce the risk of impact with high-velocity dust particles coming off the comet. Other NASA space observatories also joined Hubble in observing the encounter, along with ground-based telescopes on Earth.

Siding Spring is the first comet from our solar system’s Oort Cloud to be studied up close. The Oort Cloud, well beyond the outer-most planets that surround our sun, is a spherical region of icy objects believed to be material left over from the formation of the solar system.

The new composite image was taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3. To view the image, visit:

Crosswater Yacht Club “Cleans Up” with Three Awards at 2014 Annual Marinas of Texas Conference

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General Manager of Crosswater Yacht Club and Hurst Harbor Marina Roland Adams (center) accepts the awards for 2014 Texas Marina of the Year and 2014 Texas Clean Marina of the Year from Marina of the Year Committee Chair Ken Criswell (left) and Marinas of Texas President of the Board Jason Cottingame.

Suntex Marinas, the Dallas-based owner and operator of premier marina properties in the U.S. and Caribbean, is proud to announce that Crosswater Yacht Club (CYC) received three prestigious honors at the 42nd Annual Marinas of Texas Conference held from September 28 to October 2 in Clear Lake, Texas. A family-oriented, full-service facility on Lake Travis in Lakeway, Texas, CYC was recognized for:

2014 Texas Marina of the Year
2014 Texas Clean Marina of the Year
2014 Best Environmental Education Campaign

“The [Marina Association of Texas] selection committee had been touring the property over the past month and was impressed with the design and functionality of the marina,” explained Roland Adams, General Manager of CYC and its sister facility, Hurst Harbor Marina. “Based on the graded criteria, our marina rose to the top and won!”

The criteria for becoming a Texas Clean Marina includes the marina owner/operator taking a pledge to help keep Texas waterways clean, completing a self-evaluation to determine facility strengths and weaknesses, implementing improvements and reaching a level of competencies, and an on-site evaluation by a Clean Marina consultant. When a facility meets all established goals, it receives its designation. The program is strictly voluntary but shows that a marina cares about clean water.

To be awarded Best Environmental Education Campaign, CYC first had to be confirmed as a Texas Clean Marina and then had to submit an application based on an event that 1) represents the theme of the National Clean Boating Campaign — “Boating is good clean fun. Let’s keep it that way,” 2) represents a positive approach to helping boaters appreciate the value of clean water and provides an environmental message, 3) focuses on clean boating practices that work and are affordable, and 4) is fun while providing boaters clean habits.

CYC’s winning event was a Clean Boater Pledge Drive hosted last May in cooperation with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas A&M Sea Grant Program. Here, attendees could register as “clean boaters” and have their marine sanitation devices checked and certified. In all, some 125 people attended the event, which also included a picnic with hot dogs and hamburgers. The drive resulted in 80 clean boater pledges and 33 registrations for sanitation devices.

“Many clients were not aware of either program and indulged us in learning why clean boating is so important and that not having their marina sanitation device certified could result in fines,” said Adams. “In addition, our staff has now received the proper education on clean boating. We enjoyed the process of educating our staff and our clients, who will some day be educating others. In my opinion, the legacy of this type of education is the most important factor.”
CYC is the first property built from the ground up exclusively for Suntex Marinas. Since its opening in May 2013, the marina has been dedicated to providing outstanding personal service to boaters and safe, fun, memorable experiences to its customers. Fittingly, testimonials also played a large part in the criteria to be chosen as a Texas Clean Marina and Texas Marina of the Year.

“It has been such a great year, and most of the credit goes to the best boaters ever,” said Adams. “Our staff truly appreciates our customers and will continue to strive to raise the bar and maintain the high level of service and the active marina lifestyle that has been so enjoyable. I’d especially like to thank everyone that took the time to write a testimonial. Your kind words, no doubt, played a heavy role in telling the committee that CYC is the place to be on Lake Travis.”

General Dynamics Receives $19 Million Contract for Submarine Planning Services

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GROTON, Conn., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $18.9 million contract modification to perform reactor-plant planning yard services for nuclear submarines and support-yard services for moored training ships. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Initially awarded in November 2011, the contract has a potential value of $121.2 million through 2016 if all options are exercised. Most of the work will be performed in Groton, with the remainder taking place in Charleston, S.C., where the moored training ships are based.

This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 4,400 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.


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The western Indian city of Mumbai is pictured in this image from Japan’s ALOS satellite.

Mumbai sits at the mouth of the Ulhas River – seen in the upper right – which carries sediments into the harbour and out to the Arabian Sea. Numerous vessels are visible in the waters, some of them approaching the city’s naturally deepwater harbour.

To the west of Mumbai and across the water is Navi Mumbai, one of the world’s largest planned townships, developed to decongest Mumbai.

Mumbai is the fifth largest metropolitan area in the world, with a population of over 20 million. It is located on a claw-like peninsula of Salcette Island (centre), which was originally seven separate islands until 19th century land reclamation projects joined them together.

The docks of Mumbai harbour are located on the east side of the peninsula. The curve at the bottom of the peninsula is Back Bay, and we can see the sands of the Chowpatty Beach within the curve.

The oval green space on the west side of the city is the Mahalaxmi hourseracing track.

Near the top of the image we can see the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, with lakes and vast green areas.

Joggers, nature lovers and devotees who worship deities are common in the park – as are leopards. Leopard sightings often occur on the periphery of park, mainly due to abundant food resources such as stray dogs, which live off refuse. One study found that dogs form well over half of the leopards’ diet.

This image, acquired by ALOS on 23 March 2011, is featured on the Earth from Space video programme.
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GD Protected Samsung KNOX Smartphones by General Dynamics Connect Mobile Government Workers to Classified DoD Networks

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics C4 Systems recently received the Defense Mobile Classified Capability (DMCC) contract from the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the contract, General Dynamics will deliver up to 1,000 Samsung KNOXTM-enabled Galaxy S® 4 smartphones provisioned with added GD Protected® software for the U.S. government. With these new smartphones, authorized government personnel will be able to make secure phone calls and access classified email. The GD Protected Samsung KNOX smartphones represent an important step toward the government's Commercial Solutions for Classified initiative.

"Mobile government workers now have the freedom to read classified emails and talk securely anywhere, every time," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. "The GD Protected, Samsung KNOX Galaxy S 4 smartphone integrates government-approved commercial components to provide a mobile security solution that the government can buy off the shelf from General Dynamics."

GD Protected smartphones are built on the KNOX mobile security solution by Samsung, a leading provider of commercially secure smartphones. General Dynamics loads the GD Protected software onto the Samsung KNOX devices and from that point on, the phone operates using only authorized software and applications from a trusted source. System updates and upgrades will be provided over the air by General Dynamics. The GD Protected Samsung KNOX Galaxy S 4 smartphones will also include government-approved mobile device management from Mobile Iron and secure voice from CellCrypt.

"By leveraging the Samsung KNOX platform, GD Protected will deliver end-to-end security solutions for approved government and military users," said Dr. Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business, IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. "For government Enterprise IT managers, Samsung KNOX enables GD Protected to support the remote management of a smartphone or other mobile device using approved mobile device management tools."

The NSA's Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program was established in 2010 to adopt the market's most advanced commercial information assurance technologies and solutions for use by government organizations. The CSfC program enables commercial products to be layered to protect classified information creating a secure communications solution that can be fielded in months rather than years.

GD Protected Mobile Solutions is a family of cyber defense software products that secure commercial devices such as smartphones and tablets and their applications. The GD Protected integrated solution also delivers mobile-user access controls, mobile device management, lifecycle management and help desk support. For more information visit:

A leader in cyber defense, General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been providing information assurance technology, products and systems to the U.S. government, military and industry customers for more than 50 years.

IMO’s MEPC progresses work on air pollution and energy efficiency

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The MEPC approved the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 providing updated estimates for greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 67th session, 13 to 17 October 2014
Briefing: 34, October 23, 2014

The MEPC approved the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 providing updated estimates for greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 67th session from 13 to 17 October 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London.

Third IMO GHG Study 2014 approved
The MEPC approved the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 providing updated estimates for greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

The Third IMO GHG Study 2014 estimates that international shipping emitted 796 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2012, against 885 million tonnes in 2007. This represented 2.2% of the global emissions of CO2 in 2012, against 2.8% in 2007.

However, the “business as usual” scenarios continue to indicate that those emissions are likely to grow by between 50% and 250% in the period to 2050, depending on future economic and energy developments.

Energy-efficiency measures for ships considered
IMO in 2011 adopted mandatory measures to address energy efficiency of international shipping, which entered into force on 1 January 2013 under Chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI. These Regulations on energy efficiency for ships, make mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.

The MEPC continued its work on further developing guidelines to support the uniform implementation of the regulations on energy-efficiency for ships. During the session, the MEPC adopted the 2014 Guidelines on survey and certification of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), updating the previous version to include, for example, identification of the primary fuel for the calculation of the attained EEDI for ships fitted with dual-fuel engines using LNG and liquid fuel oil.

The MEPC also adopted amendments to the 2013 Interim Guidelines for determining minimum propulsion power to maintain the manoeuvrability of ships in adverse conditions, to make the guidelines applicable to phase 1 (starting 1 January 2015) of the EEDI requirements.

A correspondence group was established to review the status of technological developments relevant to implementing phase 2 of the EEDI regulatory framework. Regulation 21.6 of MARPOL Annex VI requires, at the beginning of phase 1, the Organization to “review the status of technological developments and, if proven necessary, amend the time periods, the EEDI reference line parameters for relevant ship types and reduction rates set out in this regulation”.

Data collection system for fuel consumption of ships
The MEPC agreed, in principle, to develop a data collection system for ships and, having agreed on the general description of the data collection system for fuel consumption of ships, agreed to the re-establishment of an intersessional correspondence group to develop full language for the data collection system for fuel consumption that can be readily used for voluntary or mandatory application of the system. The core elements of the data collection system include: data collection by ships, flag State functions in relation to data collection and establishment of a centralized database by the Organization.

Correspondence group instructed to continue with sulphur review methodology
The MEPC reviewed a progress report from the correspondence group which had been instructed to develop a draft framework for a methodology to examine whether sufficient fuel meeting the requirements set out in regulation 14 (Sulphur Oxides (SOx) and Particulate Matter) of MARPOL Annex VI is likely to be available by the effective date of those requirements, taking into account the global market supply and demand for fuel oil, trends in fuel oil markets, and any other relevant issues.

The group had developed a preliminary draft methodology framework and was instructed to continue its work and submit a final report to MEPC 68.

The sulphur content (expressed in terms of % m/m – that is, by weight) of fuel oil used on board ships is required to be a maximum of 3.50% m/m (outside an Emission Control Area (ECA)), falling to 0.50% m/m on and after 1 January 2020. Depending on the outcome of the review, to be completed by 2018, as to the availability of compliant fuel oil, this requirement could be deferred to 1 January 2025.

Within ECAs, the sulphur content of fuel oil (expressed in terms of % m/m: that is, by weight) must be no more than 1.00% m/m; falling to 0.10% m/m on and after 1 January 2015.

Fuel oil quality proposals discussed
Following discussion on fuel oil quality, a correspondence group was established to develop draft guidance on quality-assurance for fuel oil delivered for use on board ships and to consider the adequacy of the current legal framework in MARPOL Annex VI in relation to fuel oil quality. The group will report to MEPC 68.

Draft Polar Code environmental provisions approved
The MEPC approved the preamble, introduction and part II (environmental requirements) of the proposed draft mandatory International Code for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code), and the associated MARPOL amendments to make the relevant parts of the Code mandatory. They will now be put forward for adoption at the next session. (See Briefing 32/2014)

BWM resolutions adopted
The MEPC adopted resolutions aimed at facilitating the entry into force and implementation of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), 2004. (See Briefing 33/2014)

Amendments to MARPOL adopted
The MEPC adopted amendments to:

• MARPOL Annex I regulation 43 concerning special requirements for the use or carriage of oils in the Antarctic area, to prohibit ships from carrying heavy grade oil on board as ballast;
• MARPOL Annex III, concerning the appendix on criteria for the identification of harmful substances in packaged form; and
• MARPOL Annex VI, concerning regulation 2 (Definitions), regulation 13 (Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and the Supplement to the International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate (IAPP Certificate), in order to include reference to gas as fuel and to gas-fuelled engines.

Williams and Stanczyk lead groups in Argo Group Gold Cup qualifying

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Day 1 qualifying matches for Group 1 in the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup. ©Talbot Wilson

Argo Group Gold Cup: Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour—
by Talbot Wilson-

Hamilton BERMUDA, October 23, 2014 – Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar made a near perfect start to in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda yesterday. The British skipper who stands top of the the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and is 2nd in the ISAF rankings, goes into today's remaining round robin flights leading group 1.

Williams won all four matches but lost half a point after failing to cross Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa during their close match so led the Group 1 Round Robin with 3.5 points. Bruni’s bow roller caught William’s backstay and the two boats twirled round locked together for what seemed an age. Both skippers were penalized 1/2 point for the incident.

Leading Group 2 is Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing, a former Polish Match Race Champion. He finished the first day with a perfect 4 points and no losses. Stanczyk defeated Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets, Eric Monnin (SWI) Swiss Match Racing Team, and Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing.

Taylor Canfield ((ISV) US One, top seed in Group 2, has 3 points. He is tied with Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Racing Team and Staffan Lindberg (Fin) Alandia Sailing Team

Current results are posted at . Sailing starts again on Today at 9:00 ADT with more qualifying matches.

Weather forecast for 23 Oct

Winds southwesterly 18 to 22 knots, increasing 20 to 25 knots in any heavier showers or thunderstorms, decreasing west-southwesterly 12 to 18 knots by the afternoon... Scattered to widespread showers with risk of thunder and fair to poor visibility, becoming isolated showers in the afternoon... Seas inside the reef 1 to 2 ft... Outside the reef 4 to 7 ft... Sunrise: 7:28 am; Sunset: 6:37 pm.

Quotes for the Day:

Marek Stanczyk:

We had a great result today and in part it is because we are missing our friend and a fellow crewmember, Dominick Niskiewicz, who has been here for two prior Gold Cups. He passed away this year. So we are glad we did so well today for him.

Ian Williams:
We had a lot of tough races and shifty conditions today. It was a very difficult day on the harbor with more penalties that we would like. We are looking forward to a better day tomorrow.

Taylor Canfield:
There was some really tough competition out there this year and we are facing a southeast wind so that makes things very challenging. Hamilton harbor always is a challenging place to sail. We did lose the first race to Chris Poole and then put together wins for the next three. Racing here for the first day is difficult but it gets more comfortable as you go along.

Nathan Outteridge:
This is the kind of racing that I am not entirely accustomed to and at 2-2 we have our work cut out for us tomorrow. I am someone who likes to sail everything and I am getting up to speed. I just hope we can sail well tomorrow and sail the shifts well. What is great about being out here is I see some of the colleagues I knew sailing 49ers and even as a junior match racer. It is great to be around people I have sailed with all my life.

Chris Poole:
We came out swinging today and we have a new crew and it is our first time sailing together in competition. We feel we did pretty well with 2-2 on the board. We have five more races to go to see what will happen.

Keith Swinton:
It was a pretty tricky day, disappointing and I got a bit of a hiding from the RBYC Commodore Kempe, but we got it together and sailed well for the rest of the event.

Johnnie Berntsson:
It is still in our hands at 2-2 but I think we were a bit lucky today as there were a lot of penalties and we might have had a few more as the day went. But, we are just happy to be here and the sailing is great so far.

Francesco Bruni:
We still have a chance but we have not sailed as well as we could today. We were leading all of our races at some stage but in this game you cannot make mistakes. So, we have five races tomorrow and we are hoping we do better.

Somers Kempe:
Sometimes you get beat by Hamilton Harbour but out of our four races we had one win against Keith Swinton. That race went down to the wire and we slid a bit in the next three. But, we definitely felt that there was no reason why we should not be out there. We need a few more lucky breaks and maybe we will get that tomorrow. There are no easy races, that is for sure but we treat every race separately and we try to learn from each one. Unfortunately, the round robin does not give us that much room to learn.

Richard Storrs:
This is my first major event and I am 70-years old so this has been thrilling for me. Just getting an invitation to this premier match racing event is a thrill. So, this is a major event for me and I am just honored to be here.
2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Standings coming into the Argo Group gold Cup:

1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 94pts
2 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 88pts
3 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 76pts
4 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing 63pts
5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 58pts
6 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 56pts
7 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 39pts
8 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 20pts

Visit Bermuda for Match Racing at its Best

October is a perfect time to sail and vacation in Bermuda and the Argo Group Gold Cup is a showcase "spectator" event culminating in the exciting finals weekend October 25th-26th. All Gold Cup racing is spectator friendly with courses set in Hamilton Harbour from just off of the RBYC marina wall to the harbour shore along the gardens of the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel. Special rates for Gold Cup week will be available at the Hamilton Princess Hotel.
This year will mark the 64th staging of races for the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy. Previous winners include some of the greatest names ever to match race. Since the event was reformatted to be sailed under the Match Racing Association in 1985, multiple big-name winners include Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Peter Gilmour (AUS), and Ben Ainslie (GBR). The 2013 defending champion is Francesco Bruni (ITL).

The Argo Group Gold Cup is the penultimate sixth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in which the teams compete for the ISAF Match Racing World Championship. Match racing in Bermuda for The King Edward VII Gold Cup is recognized as one of the classic heritage events on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

The 12th annual RenaissanceRe Jr Gold Cup will also be sailed October 23-26 in Bermuda. Argo Group Gold Cup and RenaissanceRe Jr Gold Cup finals weekend is a spectacular time to visit Bermuda.

Summit Air Ambulance Takes Delivery of Its First AW119Kx

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William Hunt, CEO, AgustaWestland Philadelphia, (seated right) congratulates Monty Gallegos, CEO, Summit Air Ambulance, (seated left) on taking delivery of their first AW119Kx during a ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia facility.

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Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced that it has delivered to Summit Air Ambulance of Idaho their first AW119Kx, an EMS equipped helicopter that will support their operations in the Northwest United States. The delivery of a second AW119Kx will soon follow, and both helicopters will join several AW109 Power helicopters already in service with Summit, in addition to a fleet of fixed-wing aircraft.

The AgustaWestland engineering and production teams achieved tremendous success by integrating the Garmin G1000HTM flight deck system into the proven AW119 platform, certifying the new avionics suite, and delivering the next-generation helicopter to customers in the US, Brazil, Chile, and Australia over the course of two years. The new avionics system includes a synthetic vision system, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems for enhanced situational awareness and safety.

The achievements by AgustaWestland and timely delivery to Summit will ensure operation of the most modern and efficient EMS helicopter fleet in service today.

Nearly 250 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in more than 30 countries by over 100 customers. The new AW119Kx, like the AW119Ke, is perfectly suited to perform many roles including EMS, VIP/corporate transport, utility, fire-fighting, law enforcement and government duties.

Summit Air Ambulance is a proven regional leader in working with government agencies, hospitals and healthcare systems to develop solutions specific to local needs. The company is firmly committed to helping from a network of coordinated teams linking a region’s tertiary care centers, community hospitals, critical access hospitals and first responders. Summit’s home office, communications center, and maintenance facility are located in Idaho, and the company currently operates fixed-wing and/or helicopter bases in Bozeman, Montana; Helena, Montana; Elko, Nevada; and Reno, Nevada.

Statement by The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence




October 23, 2014

OTTAWA — The Honourable Rob Nicholson, the Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement:

“Today at 3 Wing Bagotville and 8 Wing Trenton, approximately 140 personnel from Canadian Forces Bases and Wings across Canada deployed on their mission to Southwest Asia in support of Operation IMPACT.

“In light of recent events, I am proud and thankful that our Canadian Armed Forces’ men and women stand courageously for peace and stability. Their resilience demonstrates our values internationally.

“Canadian Armed Forces contribution to coalition operations against ISIL includes approximately 600 personnel, including members already working with Americans in an advisory and assistance role by providing strategic and tactical advice to Iraqi security forces and aircrew support elements, such as command and control and logistics.

“ Our contribution also includes, six CF-188 Hornet fighter aircraft, one CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller to support coalition air operations and two CP-140M Aurora surveillance aircraft to provide reconnaissance capabilities.

“We will not be intimidated. More than ever, we remain committed and determined to work with our allies and partners around the world to fight against the terrorist organizations to prevent the spread of terror and tyranny.”