Cowes, Isle of Wight: It has been held for the past 182 years, is known the world over as the greatest and certainly one of the most inclusive regattas in the yachting calendar, and it officially starts on Saturday 2 August. Skandia Cowes Week – the last year the event will bear this title as Skandia is relinquishing its title sponsorship after 14 years – is hosting high-profile sailors, high-octane racing and fierce rivalry on the water. With the inclusion of the Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes at Skandia Cowes Week regatta, the iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week and the Artemis Challenge at Skandia Cowes Week, the event is attracting some of the best sailing talent in the world…and then there’s the matter of over 970 yachts racing in 37 different classes with over 8,500 competitors taking to their start lines in boats ranging from 68ft down to 20.99ft!

Harris Corporation Announces Breakthrough Multiband Software-Defined Radio for Federal, State and Local Public Safety


New Unity XG-100 Provides Direct Interoperability Across Multiple Frequency Bands

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 31 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, today announced the introduction of Unity(TM), a family of multiband software-defined radios that will allow federal, state and local public safety agencies to communicate more effectively using a single radio. The first product is the Unity XG-100, a multiband portable land mobile radio.

Harris Corporation Awarded $7.8 Million U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command IT Services Contract

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FALLS CHURCH, Va., July 31 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a $7.8 million contract to design, develop, test, and implement a new enterprise software solution for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC). The three-year contract was issued under the U.S. Army’s Information Technology Enterprise Solutions — 2 Services (ITES-2S) contract to Harris IT Services, which will serve
as the prime contractor for the initiative.

“Gulfs area” and Southern South African waters Special Areas take effect on 1 August 2008

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Special Areas in which the discharge of wastes from ships is prohibited will take effect in the “Gulfs area” and off southern South Africa on 1 August 2008, providing extra protection from pollution from shipping in those areas under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

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The “Gulfs area” was established as a Special Area in 1973, when MARPOL was adopted, but the discharge requirements therein could not take effect until States in the area had ratified the Convention and provided adequate reception facilities.

BT Extreme 40 Looking Forward to the Competition


Saturday, 2nd of August, will be the opening day of the UK round 3 of the iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series in Cowes – the third regatta out of five on this European tour. An awesome and spectacular line up of 11 world class entries will be on the start line and the BT Extreme 40 crew will have to face some of the world’s very best sailors at the UK regatta right now including – Round 1 winner, double Olympic gold medallist Shirl! ey Robertson, helming JPMorgan Asset Management, winner of the first event in Switzerland; current series iShares Cup overall series leader and British America’s Cup challengers TEAMORIGIN skippered by Rob Greenhalgh; and round 2 winners in France and America’s Cup Defenders Alinghi, with Ed Baird. These top teams will be joined by two further Extreme 40s fielded by America’s Cup challengers BMW ORACLE Racing boats, skippered by Franck Cammas and James Spithill.

The Tall Ships’ Races Provisional Results


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With just a few ships left to arrive in Maløy, and the final time limit for the race now passed, the provisional results are available. It should be noted that these will remain provisional until all Race Declaration Forms have been received from the ships. The final results will be announced on Friday 1 August at midday.

Jolie Brise (UK) the Class B vessel is provisional winner, on corrected time, of the first leg of The Tall Ships’ Races 2008. In second place is Stina Mari (Norway), also Class B, with the Class A Christian Radich (Norway) in third place.

In the Classes on corrected time, Christian Radich is the winner of Class A, with Mir (Russia) in second and Dar Mlodziezy (Poland) in third. Behind Jolie Brise and Stina Mari in Class B is Etoile (France). Provisional winners of Class C are Alba Explorer (UK) with Black Diamond of Durham (UK) in second and Spaniel (Latvia) in third. Winner of Class D is Assarain II (UK) with Lietuva (Lithuania) second and St Barbara V (UK) third.



As Official Technical Clothing Sponsor to Skandia Cowes Week for the eighth year in succession, Henri Lloyd looks forward to another spectacular event on the Isle of Wight in which around 950 yachts are expected to take part.


Once again Skandia Cowes Week officials and representatives and event sponsors will be wearing Henri Lloyd clothing. In addition to the many crews and teams competing who are wearing the latest kit, the high profile TEAMORIGIN AND JPMorgan Asset Management Extreme 40 teams and members of the Volvo RYA Keelboat squad are fully kitted out in Henri Lloyd.

Roz Savage Day 67

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Position at 2130 30th July Pacific Time, 0430 31st July UTC: 24 01.945’N, 139 35.290’W.

The last couple of nights have been very bouncy, making sleep fitful. But the wind seems to be decreasing slightly tonight, so I hope to catch a few more zzz’s. I’ve actually been surprised that I’ve got as much sleep as I have – when I wake up the boat is being slapped around quite energetically by the waves, and I can only presume it’s been like that most of the night, so it’s been a miracle that a light sleeper like me has managed to get any sleep at all – although I guess I’ve been pretty tired after a hard day’s rowing!



Thursday, July 31, 2008

LANZAROTE, Canary Islands – The two crews of the Ericsson Racing Team last Friday completed their 3,000-nautical-mile voyage from Sweden to the training base in the Canary Islands.

The voyage officially qualified Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, of which a 2,000-nautical-mile voyage is required. The 37,000-nautical-mile circumnavigation race is scheduled to start Oct. 11 in Alicante, Spain.

With the qualification complete, the team turns to the final preparation phase of its pre-race activities. It will spend the next six weeks at its training camp at the Puerto Calero Marina on Lanzarote tuning and working on its two Juan Kouyoumdjian designs.

Boeing Salt Lake City Receives ISO 14001 Environmental Certification


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SALT LAKE CITY, July 30, 2008 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that its Fabrication manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded an ISO 14001 environmental management system certification from Det Norske Veritas, an accredited certification body of quality, environmental and safety management systems. ISO 14001 confirms Boeing’s Salt Lake City facility has a certified system in place to monitor, manage and continuously improve its environmental management system.