Lifelong service to QinetiQ and MOD by Roger Stokes recognised with OBE

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Roger Stokes’ lifelong dedication to the development of military aircraft navigation systems over a career that has spanned more than 40 years has been rewarded with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours List.

Roger joined the then Royal Aircraft Establishment (now QinetiQ) in Farnborough, the day after his 22nd birthday in 1966, having just completed a BSc in Mathematics at Exeter University. Since then Roger has played a key role in developing navigation systems used on almost every UK military aircraft in service today. Much of his work has been on the Harrier aircraft, having worked on the early GR3 variant right through to the latest GR9s that came into service earlier in 2007. He has also been involved in significant programmes for Nimrod, Hercules Sea Harrier, Tornado, Jaguar, Typhoon and the JSF, plus a variety of helicopters including Merlin and Chinook and even sea and land systems.

Les meilleurs vœux de Michèle et Dominique


Michèle et Dominique vous souhaitent une BONNE ANNEE 2008 !!


Les prévisions météo ont quelque peu précipité le réveillon du jour de l’an à bord de Temenos II, mais qu’importe il en faudra plus pour altérer la bonne humeur des deux co-skippers comme le laissait deviner le message de Michèle reçu durant la nuit.

Day 51: Icebergs ahead for Paprec-Virbac 2


Jean-Pierre with iceberg behind
© Paprec-Virbac 2

It has been a stressful end to the year for the leading crew of the Barcelona World Race. Not only have Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall had to watch the second place Hugo Boss re-join the race and promptly set about dismantling their lead, but today, deep in the clutches of the Southern Ocean, the Paprec-Virbac 2 crew confronted an enormous iceberg.

Temenos II attendu à Wellington d’ici 2 jours


Au menu de ce 50ème jour, cocktail de crevettes néo-zélandaises !
Temenos © WAVRE – PARET

Malgré le petit temps qui sévit en mer de Tasmanie, Temenos II progressait encore à une allure très honorable sous petit gennaker, le grand étant toujours en soute depuis les problèmes survenus sur la voile le 7 décembre dernier. Le bateau qui devrait tomber dans une zone de très petit temps, devrait subir un nouveau ralentissement durant ces prochaines heures. Il est attendu dans le port de Wellington dès mardi 1er janvier, en fin de journée (heure française).

Champagne Sailing on Day Two of the 27th Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Offshore Series

PittwaterCoffs Harbour entrant B52, PHS winner of Race three of the Series

Bill Ebsary’s Benetau 44.7 ‘Le Billet’ is still on top of the overall IRC pointscore after the completion of Races Two and Three on Day Two of the 27th Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Offshore Series today . Bill Ebsary and the crew have had the perfect start to the series with three wins in three races to leave her on three points. Robert Alder’s J35 ‘Jayhawk’ leads the PHS Division after three races on nine points.