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VI Raceweek, a natural combination of the St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta, BVI Sailing Festival and BVI Spring Regatta, is back by popular demand. Given that the three events are back to back, March 27 – April 5, and happen within twelve miles of each other in the sunny Caribbean when the snow has not melted in many parts of the world, VI Raceweek is as luring to a sailor as any mythological siren. Add to the mix of racing and partying in the tropics, prizes for winning the IRC division of a week’s holiday on St. Thomas at the Frenchman’s Cove Resort and the CSA division prize of an all inclusive week’s stay at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the BVI, and it’s no wonder that VI Raceweek is too tempting to pass up.

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Mystic Seaport Names New President and CEO

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Mystic, Conn. ~ Stephen C. White, the former headmaster of the Fay School in Southborough, MA, has been named president and chief executive officer of Mystic Seaport.

White will assume his position January 15, 2009. Retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral Doug Teeson, the Museum’s current president and CEO, who earlier this year announced his plans to retire, will remain in his position until that time.

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Harris Corporation CFO Gary L. McArthur to Speak at the Stephens Inc. Fall Investment Conference

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MELBOURNE, Fla., Oct. 30 — Gary L. McArthur, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, will be a featured speaker at the Stephens Inc. Fall Investment Conference on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, in New York City. McArthur’s presentation is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast and replay of the presentation will be available on the Internet at www.harris.com.

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The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Signs A Contract For Three AW139 Helicopters Plus Options

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AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin engine helicopters plus options for several additional aircraft. These helicopters will be used to perform search and rescue, coastal patrol and law enforcement duties around Malaysia’s extensive coast line.

This order marks the entrance of the AW139 helicopter into the Malaysian government market and follows the earlier success of the aircraft in the Malaysian commercial market. The MMEA adds to the growing number of customers which have placed orders for or are already operating the AW139 for homeland security, maritime patrol and search and rescue missions, including the Japan Coast Guard, Korean Coast Guard, Spanish Marine Safety Agency (Sasemar), Estonian Border Guard, UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Italian Coast Guard.

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Twenty-Two Nations attend first Aerial Firefighting Conference

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October 30, 2008 — The highly successful first Aerial Firefighting Conference 2008, organised by Tangent Link Ltd, took place in Athens, Greece on the 22/22 October and was attended by twenty-two nations.

The conference was chaired by Johann Goldhammer of the Global Fire Monitoring Centre and Rear Admiral Terry Loughran. The agenda included fixed and rotary winged operations, safety, management and technologies; subjects which dominated the vibrant conference.

Many interagency meetings ensued to discuss and debate how to tackle wildfires from the air and how international aerial fire fighting management organisations can improve and share their knowledge and systems.

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Lockheed Martin JLTV Team Awarded $36 Million Contract, Advances To Program’s Technology Development Phase

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Owego, NY, October 29, 2008 — The U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps today selected Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] as one of three companies to continue development on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, NY, which leads the JLTV Team as prime contractor, will receive a $35.9 million contract from the two services for the program’s 27-month technology development phase. “We are honored that trust has been placed in Lockheed Martin and our JLTV Team to continue development of this vital program,” said Louis DeSantis, vice president and general manager of Ground Vehicle Systems at Lockheed Martin. “We are committed to meeting the demanding program requirements and providing the lowest-risk, most technically innovative vehicle that serves our Soldiers and Marines.”

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Lerwick’s RNLI crew come to Kinghorn’s aid

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Date: 29/10/2008

Author: Dunc Ormiston

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The RNLI volunteers at Kinghorn received much needed help from Lerwick’s RNLI volunteers this week.

With the annual Spooky Walks being held again this week, the volunteers at Kinghorn were desperately trying to improve on last years well received event.

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THE SUPERYACHT CUP JOINS BUCKET REGATTAS RATING SYSTEM

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October 30th 2008

The Organisers of The Superyacht Cup regattas in Antigua and Palma have joined forces with the Organisers of the St Barths and Newport Bucket Regattas to adopt the ‘Bucket Rating’ system. The system was developed by Jim Teeters, Associate Offshore Director at US Sailing, and has been refined by Bucket Regattas over the last six years, creating an accurate and transparent system for rating superyachts of all designs and sizes.

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ISAF World Match Race Rankings – 29 October 2008

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Wednesday 29 October 2008
France’s Mathieu RICHARD gets a timely boost ahead of the battle for the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Championship title as holds on to the top spot in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings on 29 October, whilst his compatriot Claire LEROY remaining untouchable in the Women’s Rankings.

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