diving into the deep this half-term

NMMCCreative 'make & take'

With a newly launched exhibition celebrating man’s voyage into the deep, half-term in the Maritime Museum was destined to be an adventure Under the Sea.

Dive into the Museum’s sea chest and design your own mosaic sea creature from Saturday 9 to Sunday 24 February from 12-4pm and once you have created your sea monster follow the trail around the Museum to discover hidden submarines.



QinetiQ team helps develop test for ‘over-roofing’ structure to protect against indirect fire mortar and rocket attacks


QinetiQ’s force protection engineering team took just 10 weeks to establish and deliver a method of testing over-roofing structures for protection of UK forces against indirect fire mortar and rocket attacks in Iraq – currently a daily occurrence in camps across the country.

A number of potential protective systems had to be tested against the blast, fragmentation and ballistic penetrative capabilities of dynamically fired rockets and mortars so an intensive series of technically challenging trials were planned and executed. These used QinetiQ’s long test track facility at Pendine and were undertaken by the force protection engineering team from QinetiQ Land Division, working in conjunction with its Test and Evaluation Capability Services Division.





US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR

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With the Star Worlds scheduled for Miami in April, the fleet at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR is sprinkled with World Champions, national champions and Olympic medalists. (photo by Walter Cooper/US SAILING).

Miami, Fla. (January 30, 2008) – After three days of fleet racing at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, the cream is rising to the top for the 369 sailors competing from 34 countries. The regatta, which is hosting fewer classes than normal due to conflicting world championships overseas, has shown no shortage of intensity or talent in the four Olympic classes (Laser, Laser Radial, Star, Yngling) and three Paralympic classes (SKUD-18, Sonar, 2.4mR) competing here on Biscayne Bay. On the subject of attracting top sailors, perhaps more pertinent than the regatta counting toward world rankings has been the plays that athletes must still make in this Olympic/Paralympic year. Not only must some still gain a nod of selection to their national teams but also several countries themselves must qualify for berths in China. With the Yngling Worlds following this event here next week and the Star Worlds scheduled for here as well in April, these two classes have proven to be the deepest in talent.



No Olympic start


US world champions Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving

Australian pocket-rockets Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson shortened as hot Olympic medal favourites after securing a bronze medal at the 470 Women’s world championships at Mordialloc Sailing Club today.

American’s Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving helped ease the bitter disappointment of missing Olympic selection with an emphatic 10 point world title victory ahead of World No.1 Italians Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol.