Regatta 2009, Samui – Final 2008-09 AY Grand Prix Championship Event


Grand final fever hits Samui
31 May 09: A large contingent of Hong Kong yachts arrived early in Samui to complete preparations and plan how to overcome the Aussie’s, Singaporean and a strong fleet of Thai based boats from Pattaya and Phuket that have descended here in droves. Being the last regatta on the 2008-09 Season, usually makes it the most memorable event held throughout the year. Neil Pryde and his Welbourne 52 Hi Fi, may have already rapped up the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year awards but the other eight racing class yachts will be out in full force to take a little shine of the trophy. Defending champion Ray Roberts and his DK46 Quantum Racing are very familiar with the waters and weather conditions around Samui and is ready to repeat the performance of past years. For Bill Bremner and Andy Cocks TP52 Foxy Lady IV, Samui is their favourite event and along with Frank Pong’s R/P 75 Jelik who have won here before, are determined to have a good time doing it again. Sam Chan’s TP52 Ffreefire 52 and the Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns owned Mills 51 Fortis Mandrake are more than ever, ready to take the Trophy home, along with the bragging rights back to Hong Kong for the next year.

Northrop Grumman-Developed U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Shines At Sea


SAN DIEGO, May 29, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Northrop Grumman Corporation-developed (NYSE:NOC) MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) successfully completed the latest set of fully autonomous flight operations onboard the USS McInerney (FFG-8) in support of dynamic interface testing. This was a critical step for the U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout toward Operational Evaluation (OpEval), scheduled for later this summer.

These recent flight tests took place May 4-8 off the coast of Mayport, Fla. The U.S. Navy Fire Scout completed test flights in areas of shipboard deck motion and wind envelope expansion and landings including the use of the grid and harpoon system. All flights onboard the USS McInerney included use of the shipboard UAV Common Auto Recovery System (UCARS) used for vehicle position data during shipboard landings. During the five days of testing, the ship/aircraft team compiled 19 flight hours during 12 flights, which included 54 landings, 37 of which were into the NATO standard grid. Operations were conducted with ship speeds up to 14 knots, ship roll up to five degrees, and wind over deck of up to 25 knots. All test events were completed satisfactorily, which will set the stage for OpEval.

Newquay RNLI urge caution in strong offshore winds


Date: 29/05/2009

Author: Tamsin Thomas, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Library picture Newquay’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred (Credit RNLI/Newquay)

Newquay RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred was launched at 3.30pm this afternoon (Friday 29 May 2009) following reports of a person being washed out to sea from Poly Joke beach. The person managed to get back to shore before the volunteer crew of the lifeboat arrived, but the incident has prompted the RNLI to remind people of the dangers of offshore winds.

Initial reports suggested the person had washed out beyond the surf line and the lifeboat was launched with volunteer Ben Eglinton at the helm. In strong offshore winds gusting up to force five, the crew headed toward the beach but were called back when it was confirmed the person was safe.

Margate lifeboat assists disabled angling boat


Date: 29/05/2009

Author: Peter Barker, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Margate RNLI lifeboat has today (29 May 2009) towed an angling boat to safety after their engine broke while they were fishing off Margate.

The 5m long angling boat had set out from Herne Bay harbour earlier for a days fishing off the north Kent coast, there were two people on board the craft. They anchored about eight miles north of Margate but hit problems when the starter mechanism of their outboard motor failed leaving them without power close to busy shipping lanes.

RNLI lifeguards on Porthtowan rescue newly-weds


Date: 29/05/2009

Author: Amy Caldwell, Lifeguard Press Officer
RNLI lifeguard with rescue board (Credit RNLI/)

Off-duty RNLI lifeguards who patrol Porthtowan beach in Cornwall rescued a bride and groom who had taken a break from their wedding reception to go surfing yesterday evening (28 May).

The couple, who had married that day, were enjoying their wedding reception in the Blue Bar, which is on the beach at Porthtowan. At about 6.15pm, the groom decided to go in for surf, with his new bride joining him for a dip.

Endeavour targeted to begin move between launch pads at 2 a.m.

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Endeavour on the move


Endeavour targeted to begin move between launch pads at 2 a.m.
Sun, 31 May 2009 03:33:42 AM GMT

Space shuttle Endeavour’s move from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B to Launch Pad 39A now is targeted to begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, May 31. The 2-hour delay will allow engineers and technicians to complete move preparations following delays due to inclement weather at Kennedy. The STS-125 ferry flight departure is now scheduled for no earlier than Monday morning. There will be a weather briefing at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT) Sunday. Flight managers are looking at various options for the best route to the Kennedy Space Center. Weather remains very dynamic. The mate of Atlantis to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is scheduled for Saturday evening.

International crew gather in Portsmouth, UK, as teams are unveiled for Clipper 09-10

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More than 300 adventurers travelled from all over the world to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard on Saturday 30 May to discover which of the ten teams competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race they will represent. Three-quarters of the 422 men and women who will be taking part in this gruelling challenge of a lifetime came together to meet their skippers and new team mates, travelling from as far afield as Perth in Western Australia, Oman, China, Nova Scotia in Canada, Ireland and the UK.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only global competition where people from all walks of life can step out of their comfort zones and sign up to race 35,000-miles around the world. They come from backgrounds as varied as marketing executives, nurses, bankers, carpenters, IT specialists, engineers and chief executives who represent more than 30 nationalities.


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Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 on Galway Bay. Photo Oskar Kihlborg/EricssonRacingTeam

GALWAY, Ireland (May 30, 2009) – Ericsson Racing Team placed fourth and fifth in today’s Galway In-Port Race of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Ericsson 3, skippered by Sweden’s Magnus Olsson, placed fourth after finishing second in the second race. Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael of Brazil, placed fifth.

The in-port race was well received among the locals, who turned out by the thousands to watch the racing. There was the largest on-water crowd to watch an in-port race, and many more lined vantage points on Salthill, the two-kilometer promenade stretching along Galway Bay. Volvo Ocean Race officials estimated 50,000 people were on hand throughout the day, which began with the dock-out ceremony at race village.

UK Independence Party overtake Labour!


The UK Indpendence Party has overtaken “Bottler” Brown’s labour Party to become the second Party behind the Conservatives in the opinion polls leading into next week’s UK elections. They report:

“With polling day now less than a week away, today’s Populus poll for the Times shows UKIP on 19% of the vote. We are in clear second place and well ahead of Labour and the Liberal Democrats nationally. The poll merely confirms what UKIP activists across the country have been seeing for themselves on the streets. We are getting a fantastic reaction on the doorstep. The UKIP vote is increasing. The Labour vote is collapsing and the Conservatives are wavering. With Nigel Farage’s excellent Question Time performance on Thursday and an overwhelming response to our final Party Election Broadcast, we are certainly on a roll.

We can expect our opponents to attempt to throw all kinds of insults and accusations at us in a desperate last-ditch attempt to claw back votes. But UKIP have been a zero-tolerance party on misuse of expenses. No party is immune from scandal – it is how we deal with it that matters. UKIP have sent a clear message: no-one can treat the electorate with contempt and remain a UKIP MEP…………….”