Gold Coast Australia wins second stage of Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race

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Gold Coast Australia has won Race 2 of the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race from Madeira to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, crossing the finish line in Guanabara Bay today at 0407 local time (0707 UTC) after 19 days racing across the Atlantic Ocean.

In a highly tactical contest between the teams racing the ten 68-foot yachts, the crew of Gold Coast Australia emerged victorious. The pivotal moment in their first transatlantic race was their decision to take a route directly through the middle of the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of Africa, utilising the funnel-like effect of the islands on the wind to catapult them through the centre of the archipelago and out the other side into a position of strength.

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CLIPPER 11-12: RACE 2 – MADEIRA TO RIO DE JANEIRO – DAY 20

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A commanding second win for Gold Coast

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RACE 2: MADEIRA TO RIO DE JANEIRO
DAY 20

* Battle for two remaining podium positions underway
* Provisional Ocean Sprint results released
* Gold Coast Australia celebrates second win in Rio

After Gold Coast Australia’s commanding victory in Race 2 into Rio, the
battle for the remaining podium positions is being fiercely contested.

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Boeing Names Tim Peters to Lead Surveillance and Engagement Division

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Appointment supports company’s growth in airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance market

KENT, Wash., Aug. 30, 2011 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today named Tim Peters vice president and general manager of Surveillance and Engagement, a division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s Boeing Military Aircraft unit. Peters succeeds Bob Feldmann, who has accepted a post at Boeing Commercial Airplanes to lead the effort to develop the 737 MAX.

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Challenger’s Maiden Nighttime Flight

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Space shuttle Challenger’s third flight was the first to have its beginnings in darkness, as NASA’s eighth space shuttle launch lit up the Florida sky at 2:32 a.m. EDT, Aug. 30, 1983. The STS-8 crew consisted of Commander Richard Truly, pilot Daniel Brandenstein, and mission specialists Dale Gardner, Guy Bluford and William Thornton.

On Jan. 28, 1986, Challenger and its crew were lost when a booster engine failed, causing the shuttle to break apart just 73 seconds after launch.

Image Credit: NASA

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The Mudeford RNLI inshore lifeboat Mudeford Servant was tasked to assist a kayaker in trouble on the evening of Tuesday 30 August 2011.

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Whilst the volunteer crew were undergoing their weekly training exercise they were tasked by the coastguard to go to the aide of a female kayaker, who had become stuck in mud at low tide and having been there for four hours it was feared that she would become hyperthermic.

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FOUR ADULTS CUT OFF ON SEAHOUSES BREAKWATER

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At 16.19hr on Tuesday 30th August 2011, four males were seen from the Lifeboat Station, on the outer breakwater of Seahouses Harbour, clinging to the navigation light. Larger breaking swells were breaking over the central part of the breakwater, and the tide was still rising. The four had no safe means of getting off the breakwater. Humber Coastguard Rescue Co-ordination Centre were informed and the Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat was paged for immediate launch.

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