OFFSHORE CHALLENGES SAILING TEAM UPDATE : New supporting partner joins sailing team…

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IN BRIEF:

– New supporting partner, E.ON, joins the family of Offshore Challenges Sailing Team partners

– New overall title partner to Ellen MacArthur’s Offshore Challenges Sailing Team expected to be announced by end of July

– Skipper Nick Moloney and crew get the first iShares Cup Extreme 40 event under their belts in Munich last weekend

– The new IMOCA Open 60, to be raced by Brian Thompson and Guillermo Altadill in the Barcelona World Race, is undergoing the final stages of completion as the monohull is pieced together in the build shed

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2006-07 AsianYachting Grand Prix Championships

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Final Result still in doubt…
Although Bill Bremner’s Sydney 40 Foxy Lady III is presently leading the overall Koh Samui Regatta 07 Racing Class by posting two wins on the board, the battle for the prestigious annual 2006-07 AsianYachting Grand Prix Championships is heating up between Neil Pryde’s Farr 52OD Hi Fi and Frank Pong’s 75ft Rachel Pugh Jelik. Coming into the final event of the season both boats were tied on six points. Frank’s Jelik started with a win and has since scored 3, 5, 2 and Neil’s Hi Fi 4, 2, 2 plus a resounding win yesterday sees them two points in front with the possibility of three races to come. If a drop race is included at this stage the margin is reduced to a mere one point. On five points coming into this regatta the Fred Kinmonth and Nick Burns owned Farr/Mills 51 Mandrake has dropped out of contention with a scoreline of 3, 7, 4, 4 which includes a race 2 disqualification that maybe reopened but they will find it hard to come back from here.

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VICE ADMIRAL’S CUP

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In its third year the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club’s Vice Admiral’s Cup
Regatta, taking place this coming weekend from Saturday 2 to Monday 4 June, continues to attract a high profile entry in its three classes. The simple level racing/first past the post format used in the two big boat classes is now firmly established as a favourite with the competitors who love the simplicity and incredibly close racing the system provides.

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NORTH SEA WEEK: GREAT SAILING AT HELGOLAND

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Helgoland, Germany: The 73rd North Sea Week gathered 131 yachts at the red rock island off the German coast over the Weekend and provided the whole range of changing conditions with sun, rain, strong and calm winds. The offshore regatta started already in Hamburg on Friday to lead the competitors towards the coastal harbour Cuxhaven. Three transfer races from Cuxhaven, Wilhelmshaven and Bremerhaven towards the island of Helgoland followed on Saturday with good conditions. “UCA” gained line honours at the Cuxport Cup to Helgoland but the boat was damaged in the harbour during Sunday’s storm and had to step out of the series later.

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Launch Preparations Move Forward for STS-117

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05.25.07 – 4 p.m. EDT
At Launch Pad 39A, operations are proceeding on schedule for a June 8 launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-117.

The hypergolic propellants were loaded into the orbiter and solid rocket boosters in the past week.

Spacesuits 1 and 2 were installed in the orbiter airlock for use during spacewalks planned for the mission.

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6th Koh Samui Regatta 2007 AsianYachting Race Report 3

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30nm passage race sorts the men from the boys…
Aussie PRO Tony Denham must have a lucky charm hidden away somewhere. Each day the start boat has motored in the direction of the course he would like to set, then low and behold around the 10:00am start time a favorable breeze has sprung up and the fleet sent merrily on its way. The same happened today as coastal Course 7 (22nm) for IRC 1, 2 and Multihull classes and Course 8 (30nm) for the racing class to the south of Samui was chosen for today’s racing. The fifteen mile leg to Ko Rap turned into a windward beat with some big swings favouring the boats inshore. The return leg started as a close reach and ended on a broader angle to the finish which advantaged the long waterline vessels and gave everyone an exhilarating ride.

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Dubarry of Ireland appoints new UK Marine Sales Manager

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Dubarry of Ireland has announced that it has appointed James Pound as UK Sales Manager of its Marine division. Paul McKee International Sales Director comments, “I am very pleased that James is coming on board at a very exciting time in the growth of Dubarry. James is well known in the marine industry and his experience and enthusiasm for the brand will ensure we meet the aggressive sales targets we have in place”

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