ERICSSON RACING TEAM READY FOR GALWAY BAY INPORT RACES

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Ericsson 4 leaving Galway Harbour for the InPort Race. Photo Oskar Kihlborg/EricssonRacingTeamEricsson 4 leaving Galway Harbour for the InPort Race. Photo Oskar Kihlborg/EricssonRacingTeam

GALWAY, Ireland (May 30, 2009) – Ericsson Racing Team is ready to race in the afternoon’s Galway In-Port Race of the Volvo Ocean Race.

“This mornings offshore breeze will battle it out with the sea breeze early/mid-afternoon,” said team meteorologist Chris Bedford. “The sea breeze eventually loses and the southeast gradient returns later in the afternoon.”

The pattern of light wind conditions is familiar to the Volvo Ocean Race Sailors. In four of the previous five in-port races the conditions have been light and shifty. Torben Grael, skipper of overall race leader Ericsson 4, is taking a philosophical approach to the forecast.

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Alderney RNLI lifeboat in action for 5th time this month

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Date: 28/05/2009

Author: Nigel Soane-Sands, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Alderney’s Trent class all-weather lifeboat Roy Barker I was in action for the fifth time this month when launched at 1700 this afternoon (Thursday 28 May) to help three people on board Moonshadow, a 38-ft British yacht becalmed and drifting 12 miles north of the island.

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Help needed at RNLI Grace Darling Museum

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Date: 29/05/2009

Author: Alison Levett, Divisional Media Relations Manager
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Volunteers are needed to help run the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh.

Since opening at the end of 2007, the museum has welcomed more than 90,000 visitors and has been enjoyed by holidaymakers, families, school groups and history groups. It has now become a ‘must see’ on the Northumbrian tourist trail.

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TRANSYSTEMS JOINS TRANSPAC 2009 AS

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TranSystems, a global transportation consulting services provider, is the Official Transportation Company of Transpac ’09. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., with offices throughout the United States, TranSystems has a significant presence in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif.

“We’re proud to be a key sponsor of this fine event. The Transpac Race represents a great opportunity to showcase our expertise. We’re specialists in getting things from here to there. We’ll leave it to the racers to get their boats from Long Beach to Hawaii during the race, and we can manage anything else needed related to transportation and logistics,” said Brian Larson, TranSystems’ CEO.

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New this Summer at Mystic Seaport: Music on the River Series Aboard Sabino

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Mystic, Conn. ~ Music on the River, a new summer cruise series aboard the steamboat Sabino at Mystic Seaport, debuts Wednesday, June 10, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The series continues each Wednesday through August 26.

The cruises feature the acoustic sounds of some of the area’s finest performers aboard the Museum’s 101-year-old steamboat. A cash bar and light snacks will also be available.
Featured performers include:

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AgustaWestland Awarded Igor I. Sikorsky International Trophy

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In a ceremony at the AHS International annual forum, AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, was awarded the Igor I. Sikorsky International Trophy. The award was made to AgustaWestland as recognition to the company that designed and manufactured a pure helicopter which established an official world speed record during the preceding calendar year in the class E-1 categories according to the rules of the Federation Aeronautique International.

On August 18, 2008, a factory standard AgustaWestland Grand helicopter, flown by pilots Scott Kasprowicz and Steve Sheik, set a new world speed record for circling the globe in only 11 days and seven hours. This extraordinary feat broke the previous 1996 record by almost 6 days and was validated by both the National Aeronautic Association and the Federation Aeronautique International.

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Boeing Team Rebuilds B-1 ‘Backbone’ for US Air Force

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LONG BEACH, Calif., May 29, 2009 – A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber returned to flight last week after a team led by The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] replaced its catastrophically damaged upper-center boron longeron – the aircraft’s “backbone.”

The B-1, Swift Justice, was damaged during a routine training mission in December 2007. An engine-bleed air duct rupture triggered a temperature warning light, forcing the crew to land the aircraft at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.

Replacing the upper-center boron longeron, which is essential for stability in flight, is not a simple task because the part is unique to each aircraft, with no spares available.

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Ferry Flight Readiness Review Scheduled for Saturday

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Space shuttle Atlantis is shown during jacking and leveling operations while suspended from a sling in the Mate-Demate Device at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. Image credit: NASA/Tony Landis

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The Ferry Flight Readiness Review is scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT) Saturday, at which time managers will decide when the ferry flight will occur and the direction of takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base in California. The shuttle carrier aircraft, or SCA, and its piggyback passenger Atlantis could be ready for takeoff as early as Sunday, May 31.

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Alderney RNLI lifeboat in action for 5th time this month

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Date: 28/05/2009

Author: Nigel Soane-Sands, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Alderney’s Trent class all-weather lifeboat Roy Barker I was in action for the fifth time this month when launched at 1700 this afternoon (Thursday 28 May) to help three people on board Moonshadow, a 38-ft British yacht becalmed and drifting 12 miles north of the island.

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The British Leisure Show 2010

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The British Leisure Sure is due to launch in 2010 as a major new leisure exhibition that covers boating, camping, caravans, cars, bikes, extreme sports and so much more – a complete outdoor leisure experience. Sited at the Royal Windsor Racecourse, alongside the River Thames, the show will be easy to reach by road, air and water and will run from March 19 to March 21, 2010

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