* Anticipation as crews wait to see whose routing tactics will pay off
* Team Finland settles into the rhythm
* Qingdao crew find sched positions tough to accept but 'chose to be here'

The bets have been placed and now it remains to be seen which of the tactical gambles will pay off as the ten teams competing in Clipper 09-10 race from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town.


Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service

GAFIRS is an independent Inshore Rescue Service that was founded in 1969, the service provides free marine rescue cover in the Solent, from Portsmouth Harbour to Titchfield Haven. The crews are on call with HM Coastguard 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Additionally the service is also available to the counties emergency services to respond to inland and other incidents.

Ryde Inshore Rescue


The Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Ryde Inshore Rescue are proud to be honored in this year’s Queens Award for Voluntary Service for providing an Inshore Rescue service covering an area of the Solent outside the auspices of the RNLI.
The unit has evolved since 1956 when it was first established as a voluntary lifeguard unit, running lifesaving classes in the Waterside pool to become one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the Solent.
Gordon Osborne, lifeboat secretary is proud that a lifeboat station he founded over 50 years ago is still making such a positive impact today.

Northrop Grumman Begins Producing First International F-35 Joint Strike Fighter


PALMDALE, Calif. – Oct. 30, 2009 – Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE:NOC) has begun producing the center fuselage for the first
international F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, an F-35B short take off,
vertical landing (STOVL) variant for the United Kingdom designated
BK-1. The center fuselage is the core structure around which the F-35
aircraft is built.


Loughor Inshore Lifeboat

The Lifeboat is one of around 80 independent Lifeboats set up around the country, who are not part of the RNLI and receive no funding from them, although we do work together on exercises and call-outs. On the sub menus you will find all the information about the station, including photos of the crew and the Lifeboat currently on station, as well as a history of the station and also of the call-outs that we have attended.

Freshwater Independent Lifeboat


Freshwater Lifeboat launches on average 30 times each year at the request of the Coastguard to assist vessels in distress or persons in difficulty in the waters off the “Back of the Wight”. Last Year we assisted over 200 people in difficulty at sea and around our shores. Our mission is to save lives every hour of the day and every day of the year.