December 31, 2008

(1700 AEDT) The traditional dockside presentation of the Tattersall’s Cup to the overall handicap winner and battle flags to the divisional winners of the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart was a moving occasion, preceded by a wreath-laying ceremony and a minute’s silence to mark the tenth anniversary of the tragic 1998 race in which six sailors lost their lives.

Josse se déroute vers la Nouvelle-Zélande


La décision n’a pas été facile à prendre, mais Sébastien Josse a dû se rendre à l’évidence. Il ne peut continuer le Vendée Globe avec un safran bâbord cassé. Trois jours après son chavirage, le skipper de BT a donc pris la décision d’arrêter la course et de rejoindre la terre la plus proche, à 1250 milles dans son est.

Josse forced to abandon Vendée Globe after valiant attempt to win the toughest of all sporting challenges…


From Sébastien Josse today (Monday, 29.12.08): “Today at around 0500 GMT the wind dropped enough for me to lift the rudder system, and check what the problem was. I quickly discovered that the issue was on the port rudder and understood why the two rudders were not in line anymore.”? The starboard rudder is undamaged, but the port rudder which would have been f! ully exposed to the crashing waves when the boat was upside down is badly damaged.

Football Supporters Boxing Day Boost to Sunderland RNLI


Date: 29/12/2008

Author: Paul Nicholson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Reference: Sunderland 052 2008

Volunteers from Sunderland’s Royal National Lifeboat Station are celebrating a cash boost of almost six thousand four hundred pound thanks to the generosity of football supporters attending the Boxing Day Premier League football match between Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers.

A team of thirty five volunteers from Sunderland RNLI lifeboat station, including the charities ‘larger than life’ lifeboat crewmember “Stormy Stan” took part in a street collection outside of the Stadium of Light for one and a half hours prior to kick off. In total the collection raised a fantastic total of £6,362.

Newquay RNLI assists kayaker


Date: 27/12/2008

Author: Tracy Cayton-Smith, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Reference: Newquay 031 2008

Newquay’s RNLI lifeboats launched on Saturday 27th December 2008 to assist a kayaker in difficulties off the south end of Fistral beach.

The kayaker was in a group of three making the most of the good weather after the festive break when he got into difficulties. When it looked like his fellow kayakers were unable to rescue him a member of the public dialled 999.