Race crews ready for Rolex China Sea Race start


 More than a few boats took to Victoria Harbour today to practice in advance of 
Thursday’s start of the 25^th edition of the Rolex China Sea Race. Winds 
permitting, the 30-boat fleet will start at 1210 off the Royal Hong Kong Yacht 
Club, with the cityfront providing a dramatic backdrop and tactically 
challenging conditions, with the seagoing traffic providing obstacles to avoid.

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CLIPPER 09-10 – RACE 7: QINGDAO TO SAN FRANCISCO – DAY 30


Spirit of Australia and Hull & Humber complete fuel transfer to California

* Cape Breton Island takes line honours in Race 7 * Spirit of Australia and Hull & Humber complete fuel transfer to California * Mixed emotions on board Jamaica Lightning Bolt Cape Breton Island is safely tied up in San Francisco Marina after claiming their second line honours of the Clipper 09-10 campaign. The Canadian yacht, with the eagle emblazoned on the hull passed under the Golden Gate Bridge with their spinnaker flying and an escort tug spraying jets of water to welcome them at the end of their 5,600-mile journey across the Pacific from Qingdao in China. Search And Rescue Broadly Boats Firetrench Directory

Discovery’s Launch Moves Closer

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 01:51:09 PM GMT+0100

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery is undergoing final preparation for liftoff Monday at 6:21 a.m. EDT. Technicians at Launch Pad 39A are pressurizing the shuttle’s reaction control system and main propulsion system for flight.

As they wrap up their final day at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the STS-131 astronauts are preparing to arrive at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility tomorrow at about 7 a.m.

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Plymouth lifeboat launched to cargo ship in difficulties

Date: 30/03/2010

Author: Tony Giblett, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Plymouth’s all-weather lifeboat was launched today to a Cargo vessel Taigeta, which was in difficulties off Stoke Point to the east of Plymouth. The lifeboat and its volunteer crew spent four hours in seas of up to four metres standing by the ship until a rescue tug arrived on scene.

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And They’re Off

March 30, 2010, Nanny Cay, BVI: The day dawned with perfect conditions for the forty-six boats racing in the Bitter End Cup, the first day’s racing of the 2010 BVI Sailing Festival.  In four classes, the boats beat from Nanny Cay Marina in Tortola to the North Sound on the east end of Virgin Gorda.  Boats and crews ranged from the sleek, sexy and professional to those who were just along for the fun of it, from the stripped out carbon Frers 44’s to a Moorings 4700 towing a dinghy, making their way east to the finish line and the parties at the Bitter End Yacht Club.

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Cape Breton Island soars into San Francisco after taking line honours across the North Pacific


Just before midday local time and with the sun breaking through the
clouds to herald the yacht's arrival, the eagle of Cape Breton Island
came swooping under the Golden Gate Bridge as the Canadian entry arrived
victorious in to San Francisco. With their spinnaker billowing out
before them, the team, which promotes the Canadian Island of Cape Breton
as 'Nova Scotia's Masterpiece', has claimed their second line honours of
the 35,000-mile Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, crossing the
Noonday Rock finish line near the North Farallone Islands at 0725 local
time (1425 GMT).

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Boeing Licenses XR700 Solar Power Technology to Stirling Energy Systems


SEAL BEACH, Calif., March 30, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and
Stirling Energy Systems (SES) have formed a strategic partnership to complete
the commercialization and deployment of Boeing's XR700 high-concentration
photovoltaic (HCPV) solar power technology. Through a licensing agreement
with Boeing, SES has acquired the sole rights to develop, manufacture and
deploy the HCPV product globally.
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Bulgarian Border Police Takes Delivery Of Its First AW109 Power

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Bulgarian Border Police has taken delivery of its first AW109 Power light twin helicopter during an official ceremony held at Sofia Airport today in the presence of Representatives of the Bulgarian Government. This helicopter will provide a reliable air surveillance capability on the outer EU borders, since Bulgaria is expected to be a Schengen Zone Member starting from March 2011.

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