Brits over the line in thriller

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New world champs Nic Asher and Elliot Willis (GBR)

Brits Nic Asher and Elliot Willis overcame great odds this week to pull off a stunning 470 Men’s world championship victory at Mordialloc Sailing Club today.

The 2006 world champions survived a nasty mid-race collision in Race 8 before they rallied to win today’s top 10 double points medal race and their second world title by just 0.9 of a point.

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US Girls Hard To beat

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Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson aiming for top 3

It’s an all too familiar sight going into tomorrow’s medal race in the 470 Women’s world championship medal race with Erin Maxwell/Isabelle Kinsolving (USA) maintaining first place comfortably, just as they did at the Asia Pacific Regatta earlier this month.

On the final day of racing at the Asia Pacific Regatta, the Americans matched raced Ai Kondo/Naoko Kamata (JPN) off the course to secure their win for that series.

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All in a week

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After the passage of the equator, the tradewinds are in evidence, even though they remain moderate at around fifteen knots. Groupama 3 can now pick her way due South around the edge of the Saint Helena High…

Though the Doldrums were fairly spread out on Wednesday and didn’t facilitate their descent towards the equator, the situation is already a lot different this Thursday morning with around fifteen knots of breeze, which has backed from the SE to the E, enabling Groupama 3 to ease the sheets a little and therefore accelerate to an average of over 23 knots since midnight.

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Broads businesses urged to give views on new flood planning policy

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The Broads Authority is encouraging Broads businesses to provide evidence if they think their livelihoods would suffer if national planning policy on flood risk areas is adopted in the Broads.

The Authority is concerned that the national planning policy on flood risk, PPS25, which aims to reduce the risk of flooding to people and property by preventing development and replacement buildings by the water, would lead to economic blight in the Broads.

The Authority, which is currently reviewing its planning polices, has drafted a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on Development and Flood Risk which is adapted to the needs of the Broads. It is urging Broads businesses to feed into the public consultation on this document by February 11th.

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Temenos II progresse dans l’alizé

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A bord de Temenos II la routine alizéenne s’installe doucement. La stratégie météo remisée un temps au placard pour cause de long bord imposé dans l’alizé, Michèle et Dominique se consacrent aux seules performances du bateau gardant toutefois un petit regard en direction du Pot au Noir, prochaine difficulté météo de cette remontée de l’Atlantique. Mais avant cela, le tandem doit encore s’affranchir du passage de la porte de parcours située à la latitude de Fernando de Noronha.

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Day 81: Hugo Boss cuts lead in half. Or do they?

BarcelonaHugoBossSternOver the past five days, Hugo Boss has managed to cut the lead of Paprec-Virbac 2 in half, gaining nearly 450 miles in terms of distance to finish. It’s a phenomenal pace, aided in no small part by their quick passage of the doldrums over the past day or so, when Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss roared through what is typically a hard roadblock with 10 knots of boatspeed. As a result, the black boat is now just 433 miles behind the race leader, having gained a further 30 miles over the past 24 hours.

But skipper Alex Thomson says the gain on the leaderboard is a bit misleading, due to what he predicts to be the upwind nature of the remainder of the race.

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Flight Readiness Review Under Way

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The seven astronauts who will fly aboard space shuttle Atlantis during missions STS-122 are Rex Walheim, from left, Leland Melvin, commander Stephen Frick, Alan Poindexter, Leopold Eyharts, Stanley Love and Hans Schlegel. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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Space Shuttle Program managers and NASA’s senior management are meeting today by video conference to discuss preparations to launch space shuttle Atlantis’ on its STS-122 mission. Liftoff is targeted for Feb. 7 at 2:45 p.m. EST from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The meeting, called a Flight Readiness Review, is a standard requirement leading up to a shuttle launch giving NASA and contractors the opportunity to evaluate the spacecraft’s readiness and address any issues that could affect the mission.

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Boeing Reports Record Revenues, Earnings, Cash Flow & Backlog for 2007

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* 2007 revenues rose 8 percent to $66.4 billion
* Full-year net income increased 84 percent to $4.1 billion while EPS grew to $5.28 per share, driving cash flow to $9.6 billion
* Fourth-quarter EPS grew to $1.36 per share on revenue of $17.5 billion
* Backlog reached a record $327 billion
* 2008 EPS guidance raised to between $5.70 and $5.85 per share

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Boeing Begins Major Assembly of First New 777 Freighter

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SEATTLE, Jan. 29, 2008 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] mechanics began major assembly of the new 777 Freighter at the company’s Everett, Wash., facility today. The 777 Freighter will fly farther and provide more capacity than any other twin-engine cargo airplane.

“We are excited to begin production of the 777 Freighter so we can put the airplane into service with our customers,” said Larry Loftis, vice president, 777 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777 Freighter’s unmatched range, efficiency and capacity as a twin-engine cargo airplane will significantly enhance our customers’ ability to deliver freight.”

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