IN HOT PURSUIT

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Lining up on Alex Thomson’s trail Mike Golding has Ecover fully powered up in pursuit after making a couple of gybes during last night.

Now lying in third place on Leg 1 of the Velux 5 Oceans round the world race, Golding is calculated to have relinquished second during yesterday evening.
Mike chose to gybe last night to close the 65 or so miles of lateral leverage that Thomson had, simply so that he could have a clearer idea of their relative speeds and to try to discover why Alex has held a disproportionate speed advantage over the past few skeds

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DOHA 2006 – Bullimore and crew head for Albany, West Australia

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Dateline: 18th November 2006

After 11 days of silence, Tony Bullimore and his crew on the 102ft catamaran Doha 2006 were able to make contact with the outside world for the first time today.

Reporting their position at 13:00 UTC of 36′ 09″ S, 107′ 3’E, Doha 2006 was approximately 420 miles from the West Australian port of Albany where the British yachtsman and his crew are heading to make repairs before continuing to Hobart, Tasmania

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DOHA 2006 – Press Conference – Albany

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Doha 2006 News update – 19th Nov 2006.

At 07:30 UTC today, Tony Bullimore reported Doha 2006’s position at 36′ 41″S 112′ 06″E – 238 miles from Albany, Western Australia. He also reported very light winds from the west and now plans to reach the port at first light on Tuesday morning.

This will be a short pit-stop for the crew of Doha 2006 to replenish fuel and make one or two small repairs before continuing on to Hobart Tasmania

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Broads Authority?s dredging programme on schedule

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The Broads Authority has started dredging South Walsham Fleet Dyke as part of its winter dredging programme.

A total of 20,000 cu m is to be taken out of the dyke over the next few months which will ensure the dyke is 2m deep at an average low tide. The mud is currently being deposited 4 kms downriver at Thurne Mouth, and the Broads Authority is working with the Environment Agency to also use local areas

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U.S. AIR FORCE/LOCKHEED MARTIN TEAM COMPLETES ON-ORBIT CHECKOUT OF FIRST SBIRS HEO PAYLOAD

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SUNNYVALE, CALIF., November 17, 2006

All systems are operating as expected on the first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) payload following a successful on-orbit checkout by a joint U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team. This national defense payload introduces new and vital capabilities for the warfighter. The HEO payload detects ballistic missile launches from northern polar regions as it operates in a highly inclined elliptical orbit. The first of a new generation of SBIRS sensors, this payload has improved sensitivity to detect dim theater missiles and can be tasked to scan off pole areas of military interest

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